Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results
Northern Illinois 3, Toledo 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Kent State 0
Western Michigan 3, Ball State 0
Akron 3, Miami 0
Bowling Green 3, Buffalo 2
Ohio 3, Central Michigan 2
Northern Illinois 3, Toledo 0
DeKALB, Ill. - After last night's tough five-set loss to Ball State in the Mid-American Conference opener, the Northern Illinois volleyball team bounced back in a big way Saturday night at Victor E. Court. The Huskies swept Toledo, 25-15, 25-22, 25-19, to split their conference home weekend.
"As a group, we knew that last night's loss was a tough one," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "But the good thing about tonight is we had a chance to have a short memory and make up for what we didn't accomplish the night before.
"I thought we did a really good job of taking care of each other. By doing so, we were able to play with a lot more confidence."
NIU (15-2, 1-1 MAC) was in control for the entire match, as there were only three lead changes all night. The first two came in the initial set. After the Huskies were up 2-1, Toledo (5-8, 1-1 MAC) scored on a kill, Huskie attack error, and block. The teams then exchanged points before NIU broke the 4-4 tie with a 9-2 run behind freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski's (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) serving. In serving for the whole run, Wicinski put down three aces and made the Rocket back row passers very uncomfortable. With momentum on their side, the Huskies were able easily take the set.
"Lauren's serve came alive tonight," Gooden said of Wicinski, who had four of NIU's eight aces on the night, while Toledo managed four. "She did a great job keeping it both aggressive and in control. It helped our group get off to a great start."
The final lead change happened in the second set. NIU was aced on the first serve but scored three straight points, two from Wicinski kills, to take control again. From there, NIU grabbed a four-point lead three different times but the Rockets hung close, climbing within one point after another ace late in the set. But sophomore outside hitter Meghan Romo (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) answered with a kill to put the Huskies up 23-21. A Toledo kill later, junior outside hitter Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton) fired back with a kill, and an errant Rocket attack gave NIU the 2-0 advantage in the match.
In the final stanza, NIU charged out to a 5-1 lead with help from three Wicinski putaways. Toledo rallied back to knot the score at 12-12 but the Huskies quickly got rolling again with an 8-2 spurt, and didn't look back. Wicinski once again sparked the run as she scored the first three points with back-to-back kills and a block.
As a team, the Huskies racked up 40 kills and a .299 hitting percentage, along with 35 digs and nine blocks, scoring 57 points. Toledo's line: 31 kills, .136 hitting percentage, 31 digs, four blocks, 39 points.
Wicinski led the way for NIU with 19 kills and hit .441. Romo also achieved double-digit kills with 10 and a .444 attack percentage, along with a season-high-tying four blocks for the second straight match. McGlaughlin was most efficient in putting up a season-best .583 hitting percentage, totaling eight kills. Junior setter Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) ran the offense well with 37 assists, while senior libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) captained the defense with 15 digs, marking the fourth straight match that she has had 10 or more digs.
With one contest remaining on their season-long, seven-match home stand, the Huskies improved to 4-2 on the stretch. NIU also bettered to 9-2 at home this year and 37-30 at Victor E. Court against MAC foes since 2002.
The Huskies return to action Thursday, Sept. 30, as they host Western Michigan (11-4, 2-0 MAC) at 7 p.m. CT.
Eastern Michigan 3, Kent State 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team captured its second Mid-American Conference victory and its 14th win of the season Saturday, Sept. 25, here at the Convocation Center versus Kent State University (25-20, 25-19, 25-19).
With the win, Eastern Michigan advances to 14-3 overall (2-0 MAC) while Kent falls to 7-10 overall (0-2 MAC).
The Eagles proved to be too much for the Flashes sweeping in three sets. The Green and White out-hit Kent, posting a .244 (43-of-119) attack percentage, with the Flashes recording a .130 (34-of-123) percentage. Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) tallied 11 kills and 10 digs for the match, while Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor), Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn) recorded seven kills a piece. Roback and Haley Stein (Carleton, Mich.-Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central) both posted two service aces and Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) dished out 32 assists. Brivule led KSU with 12 kills and 11 digs.
The first set was controlled by the Eagles, who capitalized on 15-of-38 attack attempts (.263). Freshman Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) led the Green and White with five kills, while Mason tallied 13 assists.
Despite tying the set three times, KSU was never able to take the lead during the second set leaving the Eagles victorious 25-19. EMU recorded a .253 attack percentage (31-of-83), while the Flashes only posted a mark of .130 (21-77). The middle set was led by Kent State's Liva Brivule with nine kills and eight digs. Sophomore Iaquaniello paced the Eagles with seven kills and six digs.
The Eagles are back in action, Tuesday, Sept. 28, when they travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Raiders of Wright State followed by a MAC contest versus the Toledo Rockets. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
Western Michigan 3, Ball State 0
KALAMAZOO -- Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown hit .467 with 15 kills to lead Western Michigan past Ball State, 3-0 (25-22, 30-28, 25-18), in front of 1,187 at University Arena on Saturday night.
Brown added four digs and four blocks for the Broncos (11-4, 2-0 MAC) in the victory over the Cardinals (11-3, 1-1 MAC). Freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen added nine kills, while junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage and freshman outside hitter Gillian Asque each had seven kills. Turnage added three blocks and two digs, while Asque had nine digs and tied her career high with three blocks.
"Jess was the dynamic middle attack that Ball State didn't have an answer for," head coach Colleen Munson said. "Ball State has good hitters and played phenomenal defense tonight, but we made the adjustments to their style and were able to get the win."
Junior setter Sam Viox notched her 10th career double-double with 39 assists, 12 digs, season-high four kills, one ace and one block assist. Freshman libero Lena Oliver led the Broncos with 20 digs, while senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle and freshman outside hitter Taylor Richard contribued 16 and 10, respectively.
The Broncos and Cardinals each had 48 kills, but the Broncos had 12 fewer errors (23-11) to hit .253 and hold BSU to .157 attacking. The Broncos had seven blocks, while Ball State had one.
The Cardinals were led by Kelsey Brandl with a match-high 16 kills and .375 attack percentage. Alyssa Rio paced BSU with 27 digs.
Ball State led early, 8-6, in the opening set, but WMU went on an 8-3 run to take control, 14-11. Ball State called a timeout and scored on the next point, but Western Michigan responded with kills by Gossen and Turnage to take a five-point lead, 17-12. The Cardinals didn't go away and were able to cut the lead to two points six times, but couldn't get any closer. A kill by Kylee Baker saved the first set point, 24-22, and then Ball State subbed Kaylee Schembra in to serve and play defense, but she couldn't clear the net and set one went to WMU, 25-22.
Ball State had one more kill than WMU, 16-15, in the set, but the Broncos hit .245 to .224 for the Cardinals. BSU had two more errors (5-3) and one more service misfire (2-1). Brown led the Broncos with five kills and Oliver had seven digs.
The second set was critical for both teams with 18 ties and five lead changes. Neither team held more than a two-point advantage during the first half of the set, until WMU scored four in a row on kills by Turnage and Gossen, a block by the same duo and another Turnage kill to go up three, 18-15. The Cardinals came back to tie the set at 20 and earned the first set point, 24-23, but after a long rally Ball State was called for being in the net to tie the score, 24-24.
The Cardinals had three more match points, but WMU saved them all with kills by Turnage, Doyle and Brown. An error by Brandl gave WMU its first set point, 28-27, but Brandl hit a kill to tie on the next point. Brown put WMU back on top with a kill and then Gossen followed with a kill of her own to take the set, 30-28.
The Broncos hit .224 with 17 kills and four errors, while the Cardinals hit .164 with 21 kills and 10 errors. Brown led the Broncos with five kills, three blocks and hit .625 in the set, while Viox and Doyle each had seven digs.
"The second set was a good character-building win for this team," Munson said. "Ball State really challenged us, but we responded with poise and were able to find a way."
Western Michigan used the momentum from its dramatic win in the second set to score the first five points of the third set and nine of the first 10. The Broncos eventually built their lead to 10 points, 13-3, and Ball State never made a serious challenge. Doyle put the match away for the Broncos with a kill from the middle, 25-18.
WMU hit .308 with 16 kills in the set, while holding the Cardinals to .070 hitting and 11 kills. Brown hit .625 again with five kills, while Oliver added another seven digs.
The Broncos return to the road next week to play at Northern Illinois (15-2, 1-1 MAC) on Thursday at 8 p.m. and then at Bowling Green (6-10, 1-1 MAC) on Saturdaay at 7 p.m.
Akron 3, Miami 0
Akron, Ohio - The Zips volleyball team picked up their seventh consecutive win Saturday in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-12) sweep of the Miami Redhawks. The victory, followed by Friday's win over Bowling Green, marks the first time since 2002 UA has opened up Mid-American Conference play 2-0. Now 10-4 on the season, the ten match milestone is the first time since the 2002 season when UA reached ten wins at this point in the year.
A well-rounded performance by all, Akron struck over a .300 hitting percentage in each set finishing with a .411 mark. The Zips held the Redhawks to a .128 mark.
Opening with a 5-1 lead in each set, the Zips never let Miami grab a lead past the first point. The Redhawks came the closet in set two when they came within one at the 10-9 mark. However, a 3-0 run gave Akron back a comfortable lead (13-9) and UA never allowed the match to come that close for the remainder.
Diligent on all sides of the ball, serving was a pivotal part of the win particularly in the third set. Miami grabbed the first point of the period but UA would go on a 6-0 run (7-1) all served by junior Courtney Jarvis who laid down four aces in the push. In the set, the Zips had eight service aces and finished the match with 10.
Jarvis also led UA offensively pounding out 11 kills. Three Zips including senior Jackie Goleman, junior Tina Dimitrijevs and redshirt freshman Alex Wiederholt finished with seven kills apiece. Defensively, sophomore libero Chelsea Harvey led UA with 11 digs followed by nine from Jarvis and eight from sophomore setter Morgan Kuhn who also added 30 assists.
Akron will continue MAC action next weekend heading out on the road to face Ohio and Kent State. Both matches are slated for 7:00 p.m.
Bowling Green 3, Buffalo 2
Buffalo, N.Y. - The Bowling Green State University volleyball team used a season-high 15.0 blocks to move to 1-1 in Mid-American Conference play with a comeback victory over Buffalo 25-18, 16-25, 19-25, 25-22, 17-15 Saturday evening.
Bowling Green had its back against the wall on a few occasions, needing to win both the fourth and fifth sets and then fighting off one match-point in the fifth. Although the Falcons did not hit particularly well (just .126 for the match), they got clutch points when absolutely needed and stayed consistent throughout.
Kari Galen had four blocks and Bowling Green forced Buffalo into 11 attack errors to win the first set 25-18. After dropping the next two sets, the Falcons were put into a position of needing to win each of the last two sets to avoid an 0-2 Mid-American Conference start.
Buffalo looked to be in control after a service ace gave the Bulls a 16-12 lead in the fourth but Bowling Green turned up the intensity and got back in the match. Noelle Spitler had two kills during a four-point run that tied the score at 16-16. After splitting the next six points, Sam Fish had an ace, followed by a Buffalo attack error and a Danielle Tonyan kill that put the Falcons up 22-19. Bowling Green still led 23-22 before another Tonyan kill and another Buffalo attack error sent the match to a fifth set.
With all the momentum, Bowling Green had no trouble early and jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead. But Buffalo scored 10 of the next 14 points to tie the score back up at 13-13. A Paige Penrod kill gave the Falcons their first match point attempt but Buffalo tied the score on a kill and then took a 15-14 lead on a BGSU attack error. But Tonyan got a kill and Laura Avila came up with back-to-back service aces to end the match.
With the win, Bowling Green improved to 6-10 overall and 1-1 in MAC play as Buffalo fell to 13-5 overall and 1-1 in league play just a day after sweeping Miami in its MAC opener. A year ago, the Falcons started conference play 0-6 before splitting their final ten league matches. But this year's team, full of freshmen and sophomores, is off to a better start.
Penrod finished with a team-high 14 kills and Tonyan added 11. Penrod also had 19 digs and three blocks. Dunn ended with 18 digs and two service aces. Galen had a team-high five blocks.
Bowling Green will be back in action Thursday when the Falcons host Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. The team will then host Western Michigan Saturday at 7 p.m. for Alumnae Day and will recognize the All-Anderson Team following the match.
Ohio 3, Central Michigan 2
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Over 1,500 fans packed Finch Fieldhouse for the Central Michigan volleyball regular season home opener but the defending Mid-American Conference champion Ohio Bobcats spoiled the party with a 3-2 win on Saturday.
The Chippewas (6-8, 0-2 MAC) and Bobcats (10-5, 2-0 MAC) were about as evenly matched as it gets, with each of the first sets being decided by a 25-23 margin (23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11).
Sophomore Katie Schuette put together an outstanding effort with 10 kills and hit .353. Senior Lauren Krupsky and sophomore Lindsey Dulude paced CMU's offense with 14 kills each.
The Maroon and Gold jumped out to a 10-4 lead to get Finch Fieldhouse in a lather in the first set, but the Green and White responded to draw within two at 12-10.
The two sides were even at 15 and again at 20 before CMU held on to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set CMU opened up a 17-10 lead but OU once again came storming back to even the score at 19 and took a 22-20 lead thanks to a 12-5 run before Sue Jacobi, the league's leader in kills, evened up the match at a point apiece.
It was Ohio that took control early in the third set, holding a 17-12 lead before Central Michigan answered with a 6-1 run to tie the frame at 18. Tied at 21, the Bobcats committed back-to-back attack errors and kills by Dulude and Krupsky finished off the set to give the Chippewas a 2-1 lead.
The Bobcats were able to hold the Chippewas at arms length down the stretch in the fourth set to send it into the deciding fifth frame, and a 6-1 run midway through the fifth set ultimately hamstrung the Maroon and Gold.
Senior libero Lisa Johnson finished with a match-best 14 digs and junior setter Catherine Ludwig had 49 assists. Kaitlyn Schultz and Dulude had four blocks each.
Jacobi finished with a match-best 17 kills to lead the Ohio attack. Libero Meryl Bender had a team-best 12 digs.
CMU hit .222 as a squad compared to a .233 mark for OU. The Bobcats benefited from 10 aces, but also committed 18 service errors.
The Chippewas look to snap a two-match skid as MAC play continues next week against Ball State and Toledo.