Friday's Volleyball Results

Updated 8/28/2010
FRIDAY'S VOLLEYBALL RESULTS
BALL STATE 3, CITADEL 0
MICHIGAN STATE 3, BOWLING GREEN 0
NORTHERN IOWA 3, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 0
EASTERN MICHIGAN 3, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 1
UNC GREENSBORO 3, KENT STATE 1
KENT STATE 3, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE 0
BELMONT 3, MIAMI 0
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 3, CHICAGO STATE 0
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 3, OAKLAND 1
OHIO 3, VCU 0
TOLEDO 3, LOYOLA 1
WESTERN MICHIGAN 3, ARIZONA STATE 1



Ball State 3, Citadel 0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - - The Ball State (1-0) women's volleyball team connected for a .292 (48-17-106) rate of success on offense in a season-opening 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-17) sweep of The Citadel (0-1) Friday afternoon in the first match of the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic at the Vadalabene Center.

"Overall, I though the match could not have gone much better than it did," said first-year head coach Steve Shondell who picked up his first career collegiate coaching victory in the win. "Our girls came out ready to play. The first match of the year is always tough for any team, and we came out and served the ball tough, passed well and played great defense to keep the pressure on our opponent from start to finish."

Freshman Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) led the offensive charge for the Cardinals with 15 kills in her first collegiate match. She also posted a .609 (15-1-23) hitting mark with her only error coming in the third set.

Junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S./Cincinnati) added 13 kills and a .500 (13-2-22) hitting mark, while junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) was able to effectively spread out the offense behind a solid team passing effort. McGinnis finished the match with 39 assists, five digs and three kills.

"So much of our offense goes back to our passing," said Shondell. "Our passers consistently got the ball to Brittany tonight and she was able to pick and choose where she wanted to set the ball. Kylee and Kelsey are very capable of having those kinds of nights when we can get them the ball on a regular basis."

In the backcourt, defensive specialist Kaylee Schembra (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.) collected a match-best 11 digs, while senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) and freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./ Menomonee Falls H.S. ) added nine each.

"Our passers were real consistent today, keeping us in system throughout most of the afternoon," added Shondell. "I could not have been any more pleased with how we handled the ball today."

In addition to hitting for a .292 clip, the Cardinals defense limited The Citadel to a .106 hitting mark. Kaona Mercer was the Bulldogs' top attacker with six kills, while Tatum Jestila added five. Kathryn Johnston paced The Citadel defense with eight digs.

The Cardinals took control of the first set early, starting with a block assist from Brandl and freshman outside attacker Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.). Moments later, Fredrich added her first career service ace to push the Ball State advantage to 4-1. Kills from Baker and Heeres extended the edge to 9-5, while a Bulldogs' attack error led to a Citadel timeout at 10-5.

With the Cardinals maintaining a four-point edge at 17-13, BSU scored eight of the final 10 points to win the frame 25-15. Brandl posted back-to-back kills to end the set, while Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.) also added a pair of markers in the final push.

Despite an early kill from Brandl in the second set, it was The Citadel which pulled out to a 4-1 advantage. However, kills from Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.) and Baker helped the Cardinals even the frame at four. Another Phillips kill helped Ball State take its first lead of the game at 6-5, while a huge smash from Baker, set up by a spectacular dig from Fredrich, pushed the BSU advantage to 9-6.

The Bulldogs would fight back and tie the score at 11 after back-to-back kills from Mercer, only to have a Heeres kill spark a 7-1 Ball State run moving the score to 18-12. The Cardinals added seven of the final 11 points, including four more kills from Baker, to win the game 25-16. Through the first two sets, Baker tallied 12 kills compared to 13 for the entire Bulldogs team.

With Ball State trailing 6-5 early in the third set, a kill and ace from Baker helped the Cardinals charge ahead 8-6. The lead remained two points at the 11-9 mark, before three kills and a pair of blocks from BSU moved the score to 16-9. Moments later, Mindy Marx's (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.) first career kill pushed the score to 20-15 in favor of the Cardinals.

Brandl scored kills on the next three rallies, while Heeres' seventh marker of the night gave Ball State match-point at 24-15. BSU completed the three-set sweep of the Bulldogs three points later on a service error from The Citadel.

The Ball State women's volleyball team continues play in the 2010 SUIE Cougar Classic Saturday, with matches versus Indiana State (10 a.m. CT) and host SIU-Edwardsville (7 p.m. CT).

Michigan State 3, Bowling Green 0
East Lansing, Mich. - The Bowling Green State University volleyball team was unable to overcome a slow start in its 2010 season opener Friday night, losing to Michigan State in three sets 25-11, 28-26, 25-14. Michigan State is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll and the Spartans' offense never faltered throughout the match.

The Falcons, which are the youngest team in head coach Denise Van De Walle's 28 years at the helm of BGSU volleyball, showed their inexperience early with first-match jitters and Michigan State rolled to a 25-11 first set victory. The Spartans dominated at the net by hitting .400 and totaling 5.0 team blocks in the opening set. Bowling Green, on the other hand, hit -.115 and had just four kills and two digs.

But BGSU began to make things happen midway through the second set. Michigan State jumped out to a 15-9 lead but a Danielle Tonyan kill started the Falcons on a 6-2 run that got the Orange and Brown back within two. Michigan State still led by two, 23-21, when Van De Walle called a timeout. Tonyan added another kill and Michigan State was called for a ball handling error that tied the score at 23-23.

Becca Zlabis' kill gave MSU a match point but Bowling Green answered back as setter Sam Fish came up with a kill to tie the score. Zlabis then had an attack error, giving the Falcons their first set point of the season but Michigan State scored four of the next five points, capped off with a Natalie Emro kill to escape with the 28-26 win.

Bowling Green hit a more respectable .229 in the second set, led by Tonyan's four kills during the stanza but Michigan State continued to work with an efficient offense, hitting .367. BGSU outdug the Spartans 8-6 in the set and served up two aces, while holding Michigan State to just 2.0 team blocks.

In the third set, Michigan State continued to hit well, posting a .391 attack percentage, while the Falcons dipped to .069. Emro was particularly effective for the Spartans, handing out six assists and coming up perfect in five attack attempts.

For the match, four freshmen saw action for Bowling Green and Tonyan led the squad with seven kills and added three digs. Paige Penrod had three kills and two blocks in her first collegiate match, while Ashley Dunn had three assists and three digs. Laura Avila added seven assists and three digs as well. Senior Sam Fish had a team-high 14 assists and was perfect in four attack attempts, while the team's other senior, Noelle Spitler, led the squad with a .250 attack percentage (four kills on 16 attempts).

Michigan State improves to 1-0 on the season and Bowling Green falls to 0-1. The Falcons will be in action two times Saturday to complete play at the MSU Showcase, beginning with a 10 a.m. match against Evansville. BGSU will finish the weekend with a 4:30 p.m. contest against IUPUI.

Northern Iowa 3, Central Michigan 0
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Facing a difficult test in its season opener, the Central Michigan volleyball team played No. 24 Northern Iowa tough, but fell short in a 3-0 setback (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) at Holloway Gymnasium in the opener of the Purdue Mortar Board Premier.
The Chippewas (0-1) battled in each of the first two sets before the Panthers (1-0) pulled away in the third set. Jocelyn VerVelde sparked the offense in the second set, but the front line never really got it going and connected at just .147 for the match compared to UNI's .276.

VerVelde paced CMU with 10 kills and hit .364, including six points on 12 swings in the second frame alone. Lauren Krupsky added eight kills and Kaitlyn Schultz chipped in six.

After falling behind early in the first set, the Chippewas battled back to get within three late, 24-21, but the Panthers closed out the frame on a block to take a 1-0 lead.

VerVelde's effort in the second set helped CMU hit .312 in the set and the defense held UNI to just a .194 clip, but five service errors proved to be the difference in a closely contested set.

"We struggled in our passing today and had a tough time getting them out of system," head coach Erik Olson said. "Neither side played their best, but we competed with a quality team. It was a nice showing but we're looking for more than that."

Central Michigan trailed by just two, 11-9, midway through the third set, but a 10-2 run created the separation UNI needed to pick up the victory.
Freshman Jenna Coates started her first career match as the libero and finished with a team-best 10 digs. Lisa Johnson added six.
Junior Catherine Ludwig finished with 28 assists and three blocks. VerVelde paced CMU with four blocks.

"Ludwig made nice choices and we had a real nice right side attack," Olson said. "When we're in system, VerVelde is tough to stop."
The Chippewas have two chances for their first win of the season tomorrow to close out the tournament. CMU faces host Purdue at 10 a.m., and Western Kentucky to close out the weekend at 6 p.m.

Eastern Michigan 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team rolled past the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20), Friday afternoon, Aug. 28, at the 35th Annual Comfort Suites hosted by Sam Houston State University. Sophomores Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) and Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) paced the Eagle attack combining for 22 of the team's 53 kills, as the team improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Iaquaniello turned the 12th double-double of her career with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Baker recorded 11 kills and four total blocks. Also contributing for the Green and White were freshman Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy), who picked up her first collegiate double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs, and senior Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn), who recorded 10 kills. Junior setter Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) tallied 50 assists on the afternoon.

For ULL, Caroline Dufrene was the lone Ragin Cajun to reach double-figures in kills with 11 kills, she also added three digs and three block assists. Lindsay Brown led Louisiana-Lafayette with 28 digs.

The opening frame was back-and-fourth with EMU holding a slim 15-14 advantage following a Lesley Mirarchi kill at the midway point. However, that would be all the closer the Cajuns would get as the Eagles rolled off nine of the next 12 points to go up 24-17. Following an attack error by Swartz, ULL would return the favor with a miscue of its own to give EMU the 25-18 victory.

Game two would be much of the same with neither side able to pull away until the midway point. Trailing 8-7, Eastern Michigan would send junior Haley Stein (Carleton, Mich.-Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central) back to serve and she delivered by picking up seven consecutive points to go up 13-8. EMU continued to cruise taking the 25-14 decision.

The Ragin Cajun's hitting percentage came to life in the third stanza, boasting a .195 attack percentage (14-6-41) to just a .085 clip (13-9-47) for the Green and White in the 25-21 victory.

Eastern jumpped out to a commanding 10-3 lead out of the gate in the fourth set with six of the points coming via hitting errors by UL-Lafayette. But the Cajuns would not go quietly, pulling within three points, 18-15, off an wayward attack by the Eagles.

Again EMU would show the resiliency it lacked during the 2009 campaign, regrouping to take the set and the match with the 20-25 win.

Eastern Michigan closes out the 35th Annual Comfort Suites/SHSU Invitational Saturday, Aug. 28, versus host Sam Houston State and Marist at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Kent State volleyball team wrapped up its first day of competition in the Spartan Classic with a split, opening the 2010 campaign by sweeping Providence College, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19) but then falling to UNC Greensboro, 3-1 (18-25, 17-25, 25-19, 21-25) today (Aug. 27) at Joseph Echols Hall on the Norfolk State campus.

KENT STATE 3, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE 0
Sophomore Zuzana Markova (Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic) sparked KSU's offensive attack, tallying 24 assists to go along with a career-high 10 kills. Three Golden Flashes hit double digits in digs as seniors Lauren Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) and Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) and junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) posted 17, 12 and 10, respectively, on the defensive side. Kent State kept the Providence College offense in check, limiting the Friars to an attack percentage of .071.

Providence College jumped out to an 8-4 advantage in the first set. The Flashes came out attacking following a timeout and tied things up at 14-all before Larsen gave the Flashes the lead for good with a kill. Kent State never trailed the Friars again rest of the match, wrapping up a 10-point victory in set two on a 7-3 scoring run highlighted by two kills by Markova. The opening match victory marked KSU's first win in a season lid lifter since 2007.

UNC GREENSBORO 3, KENT STATE 1
Larsen posted the team's second double-double of the day, recording a career-high 13 kills to lead the squad in addition to career-high 12 digs in KSU's loss to the Spartans. Sophomore Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) and senior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) recorded 11 and 10 kills, respectively, while Barr led the way on defense with 15 digs.

The Flashes dropped the first two sets to the Spartans but denied UNCG of the sweep thanks to a six-point victory in the third. Brivule set the tone with a kill to open the set and Barr closed it out with an ace as Kent State never relinquished the lead.

The Golden Flashes (1-1) wrap up action at the Spartan Classic Saturday (Aug. 28), taking on Navy (10 a.m.) and host Norfolk State (4 p.m.).

Belmont 3, Miami 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Miami volleyball team dropped the opening match of the Belmont Invitational to the host Belmont Bruins, 0-3, on Friday night. Belmont took the three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-22. It was the season opener for both squads.

Cassie Farrell recorded the first point of the RedHawk season on a kill off a Colleen Loftus assist. Miami pushed its lead to 4-2 thanks to another kill from Farrell along with one from Christina Menche. An 8-3 run by Belmont gave the Bruins the lead at 10-7. A block from Farrell and a service ace from Loftus helped the RedHawks pull even at 13. From there Belmont went on a decisive 7-2 run that gave it a 20-15 lead and allowed it to go on to the 25-18 victory.

Set two also started well for Miami as freshman Madison Hardy recorded her first career kill en route to the RedHawks taking a 6-3 lead. The Bruins followed with a 10-4 run to take a three point lead of their own at 13-10. The teams traded points until it was 19-16 in favor of Belmont. Amy Raseman followed with a kill off of Amy Kendall's assist, and Jackie Lang recorded two consecutive service aces to tie the set at 19. A 5-1 run by the Bruins gave them set point at 24-20, but the RedHawks fought it off twice with a service error and a Michele Metzler kill. However the comeback was not to be as Belmont captured the next point and the 25-22 win.

Two kills each from Farrell and Loftus, one from Metzler and another ace from Lang helped the RedHawks jump to a 7-1 lead in set three. Loftus put down a service ace and Raseman scored another kill as Miami maintained that six point advantage at 14-8. From there, the Bruins began to make a comeback. A 9-2 run gave Belmont its first lead of the set at 17-16. With the score 21-20 in favor of the Bruins, three straight kills gave them match point at 24-20. A service error and an attack error pulled Miami to within two at 22-24, but Kayla Albritton put down the final kill to give Belmont the set and a 3-0 victory.

Raseman led the RedHawks with nine kills. Farrell contributed seven, while Loftus put down six. Lang was the digs leader with 10, while Kendall had 27 assists. Miami hit .165 for the match, compared to Belmont's .309.

The RedHawks will conclude play at the Belmont Invitational with two matches on Saturday. Miami will take on Jacksonville State at 11 a.m. (EDT), and follow it up with a 4:30 p.m. (EDT) contest against Memphis.

Northern Illinois 3, Chicago State 0
Northern Illinois 3, Oakland 1

DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team began its 2010 campaign with two stellar wins Friday at home on Victor E. Court in Day One of the NIU Invitational. The Huskies (2-0) took down Chicago State (0-2) in three sets to begin the day and ended it with a four-set victory over Oakland (0-2).

The win over CSU improved Ray Gooden to 8-1 in season and home openers as head coach of the Huskies.

"It was great to get off on a very positive note with a good team win against Chicago state," said Gooden. "Usually in your first match of the season your biggest opponent is yourself. So we did our best to take care of our side of the ball."

In the match against the Cougars, NIU got off to a hot start in all three sets, opening an 11-3 lead in Set One, 11-4 lead in Set Two, and 11-3 lead in Set Three that was capped by four straight aces from Lauren Wicinski. With winning scores of 25-10, 25-13, 25-14, the Huskies featured a balanced attack as five players tallied five or more kills. Mary Kurisch and Wicinski led the way with nine each. Sarah Angelos notched seven, while Allison McGlaughlin added six and Sam Grams had five. NIU even distributed fairly as Kristin Hoffman notched 21 assists and Kayla Zeno racked up 15.


"We've been working really hard for balance," Gooden said. "It was great to get contributions from all parts of the court today."
In the night-cap, the Huskies once again set the tone early. In the first set, back-to-back kills by McGlaughlin helped open up an early one-point lead to 18-13 en route to a 25-18 tally.

An ace from Hoffman gave NIU a 14-8 advantage in the second set. An Oakland error later, McGlaughlin blasted a back row attack off the Grizzlie defense to cap a 9-0 run as the Huskies cruised to a 25-15 decision.

The only set NIU lost on the day was in its first attempt to close out Oakland. The Huskies got off to a slow start in the third set, trailing 13-10 following a long attack from McGlaughlin. A few minutes later, NIU closed the gap, though. A rocket off the hand of Wicinski capped a 3-0 spurt to bring the Huskies within a point. But the Grizzlies regrouped to end on a 7-3 run for a 25-20 win.

In the fourth set, the Huskies got back on track, getting off to another quick start. Capping a 7-1 run to begin the set, Kurisch bounced a ball over an OU block attempt. From that point on, NIU didn't let up and claimed the match with a 25-20 win.

"The keyword for that match was energy," Gooden said. "We had positive energy, we did some really good things."

"I want to give credit to a very hard-fighting and well-coached Oakland team. We expected that every match would be a dog fight, and tonight held true form."

In only her second collegiate match, the former high school All-American Wicinski notched a double-double versus the Grizzlies, tallying a team-high 17 kills and 14 digs.

"I thought Lauren did a good job of playing well in the different phases of volleyball," said Gooden. "She passed well at times, attacked well at times, blocked and served well at times. I'm excited to see her as she continues to develop."

With 44 assists and 14 digs, Hoffman registered a double-double as well, while McGlaughlin also reached double-digits in kills with 15.
Additionally, Maddie Hughes led the defense with 24 digs.

The Huskies return to action tomorrow in the final day of the NIU Invitational with matches against South Dakota (1-1) at 2 p.m. CT and College of Charleston (2-0) at 7 p.m.

Ohio 3, VCU 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Senior Sue Jacobi led Ohio with 11 kills and helped pace a Bobcat offense that hit. 432 in a season-opening 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16) win over VCU in the Convo this morning.

The balanced attack saw seven players record kills and five hit over .500 for the match. Jacobi (Louisville, Ky.) finished with 13.5 points while Mandy Nichols (Greenwood, Ind.) added 12 (10 kills, .643 hitting percentage) and Katie Post (Streamwood, Ill.) added 10 (eight kills, .800 hitting percentage). As a team, the Bobcats hit .650 in the first set and .448 in the second set.

"I thought all of of our attackers were getting good looks and when that happens, we're a pretty good offensive team," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "Mij's [Michelle Jantsch] distribution was great today and she also scored some points for us which was good to see."
Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan.) finished the match with a game-high 32 assists to go along with five kills (.571 hitting percentage) and six digs. Meryl Bender (Yorktown, Ind.) led the Bobcats with eight digs while Jacobi, Nichols and Nicole Staverman (Edgewood, Ky.) each had five.

Ohio never trailed against the 2009 CAA Regular Season Champions and nice job of neutralizing the attack of the Rams.

"VCU is a very athletic team," Theis said. "I think we did an outstanding job today to come out in an early-morning environment and play well against a tough team."

The Bobcats picked up where they left off last season when they were one of the best blocking teams in the nation with 10 total blocks in the contest. Lexie Hartnett (Fairport, N.Y.) led the Green & White with six block assists and also picked up six kills (.364 hitting percentage). Faith Robins (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was second with four block assists and she also added for kills for Ohio.

"We had 10 blocks and I thought we could have had probably 15," Theis added. "Overall, I thought we had a good blocking effort today and as far as thing we need to improve on, I'd say passing and serving are the areas that still need a little work."

Overall, the 'Cats held a 32-20 advantage on digs, a 10-4 edge in total blocks, and a .432 to .078 margin in hitting percentage. VCU was led by Kristin Boyd (eight kills, 9.5 points) and Mariel Frey (six kills, 7.5 points).

Ohio now hits the road for two contests this weekend at Louisville. On Saturday afternoon, the Bobcats will play North Dakota State and on Sunday afternoon, they'll battle the hometown Cardinals.

Toledo 3, Loyola 1

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo opened its 2010 campaign on a winning note on Friday night with a 3-1 (14-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-13) triumph over Loyola (MD) in Savage Arena. The match was the second of the evening as part of the Rocket Classic with No. 12 Michigan posted a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-21) win over Binghamton in the first match.

Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt placed the Rockets offensively with 13 kills to go along with 11 digs with freshman OH Lauren Radfal also reaching double figures by posting 11 terminations in addition to three blocks. Junior S Kassie Kadera quarterbacked the Rocket attack and finished the match with 38 assists and 12 digs.

On the defensive side of the net, sophomore MB Bethany Irwin collected a career-high eight blocks to help UT post an impressive 11 blocks as a team. Senior libero Katie Westerfeld collected a team-high 19 digs and was one of four Rockets in double figures in digs.
Senior OH Nina Camaioni topped the Greyhound attack with a match-best 17 kills, while senior libero Brittany Born collected 19 digs.
UT struggled out of the gates and was limited to a -.054 attack mark in the first set en route to a 25-14 defeat.

The Rockets fell behind in the second stanza as well but were able to rally late to even the match at one set apiece. Trailing 20-18, Irwin and Rafdal connected for kills to tie the score at 20-all. The teams then traded points on the next four serves before Rafdal came up big with back-to-back terminations for a two-point advantage. Following a service error, Kadera closed out the set with a dump kill. Rafdal finished the set with seven kills, while DeWeerdt tallied six terminations.

Toledo fell behind again in the third set as the Greyhounds jumped out to a 10-7 advantage. The Rockets put together a 6-1 run though to take a 13-11 lead that it would not relinquish.

UT never trailed in the final set, jumping on its visitors early with a 10-3 spurt. The closest Loyola came the rest of the way was within five points.

Toledo now returns to action tomorrow morning with a 10:00 a.m. match vs. Binghamton before facing the Wolverines in the final match of the tournament at 7:00 p.m.

Western Michigan 3, Arizona State 1
DAYTON, Ohio -- Led by 16 kills and three blocks from sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown, Western Michigan volleyball defeated Arizona State, 3-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20), on Friday afternoon at the Dayton Flyer Classic.

The Broncos (1-0) were 0-10 all-time against the Pac-10 and winless in two previous outings against the Sun Devils (0-1) before breaking through in the 2010 opener. Head coach Colleen Munson is now 4-0 at WMU in season openers on neutral courts.

Junior Ashley Turnage added 11 kills and three blocks, while senior Allyson Doyle registered a double-double of 10 kills, 10 digs and three blocks.

Freshman libero Lena Oliver led all players with 24 digs, while fellow freshman Gillian Asque added 16 digs and eight kills. Junior setter Sam Viox led all players with 50 assists, in addition to six digs and three blocks. Freshman Ali Gossen added nine kills, three digs, two blocks and two aces.

"Sam did a great job of distributing the ball and involving all of her hitters to keep ASU off balance," Munson said.

The Broncos hit .245 with 56 kills, while holding Arizona State to .214 attacking with 51 kills. WMU also had 14 more digs (64-50) and two more blocks (8.0-6.0). Arizona State had a match-high six aces, but also misfired 10 more times at the service line.

"We knew this team had a lot of potential, but they had to see it against someone other than themselves in practice," Munson said. "Arizona State is a quality Pac-10 team and they tested us today. We had to refocus after every point to be successful and I was pleased with how we handled ourselves today."

The teams traded the first six points, before WMU rattled off four in a row to take the lead, 7-4, for good. A bad set by the Sun Devils and kill by Doyle pushed the lead to five, 10-5, and forced an early timeout from ASU. The Sun Devils cut the lead to three, 13-10, but then Asque added a kill, followed by a solo block from Gossen and assisted block from Brown and Viox. The offense took over with kills from Brown and Gossen and then Viox made a solo stuff to put WMU up nine, 19-10. ASU came back within five, 22-17, but Doyle and Turnage combined on a block and WMU ended the set with kills by Turnage and Doyle.

The Broncos hit .314 to open the season with 14 kills, four by Brown, while Asque had eight digs to help hold ASU to .049 hitting with 11 kills and nine errors, including five WMU blocks.

The teams traded the first 10 points until WMU scored twice to take more than a one-point lead, 7-5. ASU forced six ties, but WMU still led, 14-13, after an ASU error. The Sun Devils got a kill on the next play and WMU missed its next three attacks to fall behind, 17-14. Arizona State continued to puill away with a 12-3 run to end the set, 25-17, and even the match.

WMU hit .057 with nine kills and seven errors, while ASU hit .294 with 14 kills and four errors.

The Sun Devils scored the first two points of the third set, but WMU came back with five consecutive kills to take early control. Arizona State came back to even the score, 8-8, before back-to-back kills by Turnage and Gossen pushed the lead back to two, 10-8. The Sun Devils cut the lead to one six times, but couldn't tie. Kills by Gossen and Asque helped WMU go back up three, 17-14, but ASU pulled within one, 18-17, again. Turnage registered another kill to push the lead to two and then Brown had one assisted block and back-to-back kills to put WMU up, 22-18, and force ASU to use both timeouts.

Arizona State rattled off the next three points to cut the lead to one, 22-21, and had a big swing to tie, but Doyle had other ideas. She dug the swing by ASU's All-Pac-10 outside hitter Sarah Reaves and it fell over the other side of the net for a kill. An attack error by ASU and another kill by Brown ended the set for WMU, 25-21.

Both teams hit well with WMU hitting .286 on 17 kills and five errors, while ASU hit .282 with 14 kills and three errors. WMU's defense was sound behind 13 digs in the set by Oliver, while Brown hit .400 with a set-high five kills.

The Broncos started the fourth set with a back row kill by freshman Taylor Richard and built on the lead with a block by Brown and Viox, followed by kills from Brown, Asque and Gossen, 5-1. The Broncos continued to keep the lead around four points until ASU closed to 12-11. Back-to-back kills by Gossen and Turnage gave WMU breathing room, but ASU was right back to within one, 14-13. The Sun Devils then missed the serve and Doyle had a kill to force an ASU timeout, 16-13. After the timeout, Gossen registered the only two aces of the match for WMU back-to-back and then Doyle and Turnage combined on a block to put WMU up six, 19-13.

Arizona State came all the way back to within three, 23-20, but Brown terminated a set from Viox and the Sun Devils air-mailed a shot on match point to give WMU the win, 25-20.

The Broncos hit .323 with 16 kills, five by Brown, while the Sun Devils hit .258 with 12 kills. The Broncos had two aces to none for ASU and two blocks to none for ASU in the final set.


Western Michigan continues its Ohio swing in Columbus against AVCA Preseason Coaches No. 28 Ohio State at 11 a.m. and Pittsburgh of the Big East at 3 p.m.