Saturday's Volleyball Results

Updated 9/19/2010
Saturday's Volleyball Results
Boise State 3, Eastern Michigan 0
Illinois State 3, Miami 0
Ball State 3, Temple 0
Western Michigan 3, Seton Hall 1
Western Michigan 3, UMBC 0
TCU 3, Ohio 1
Northern Illinois 3, Youngstown State 0
Akron 3, Cornell 0
Akron 3, Connecticut 0


Boise State 3, Eastern Michigan 0
DAVIDSON, N.C. ( -- Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) posted seven kills and seven digs, but it was not enough as the Eastern Michigan University volleyball team was swept by Boise State University Saturday morning, Sept. 18. The Broncos used a solid offensive performance to pick up the 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19 victories in the second match of Nfinity Wildcat Classic at Belk Arena.

With the lost he Eagles drop to 11-2 overall, meanwhile the Broncos improve to 10-3 on the year.

Eastern Michigan struggled offensively, recording just 29 kills and a .172 hitting percentage. On the flipside, Boise State racked up 50 kills and a .353 attack percentage.

Iaquaniello turned in a team-best seven kills, followed by six markers from senior Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn) and sophomore Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor). Junior setter Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) finished with 20 assists and five kills, while junior Haley Stein (Carleton, Mich.-Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central) notched 13 digs.

Alisha Young led the way for BSU with 13 kills and five blocks, plus Liz Harden and Sadie Maughan blasted home 12 kills apiece. Setter Breann Nesselhuf finished with 45 assists and six digs, while libero Amanda Remy paced the defense with 13 digs.

The Eagles will look to get back on the winning track later this afternoon against High Point University. First serve is schedule for 4:30 p.m.

Illinois State 3, Miami 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Late runs by Illinois State in each of the three sets proved to be the undoing for the Miami volleyball team in a 0-3 defeat (21-25, 18-25, 21-25) at the hands of the Redbirds Saturday morning at the Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational. The RedHawks fall to 5-7 on the season, while Illinois State improves to 10-3.

Kills from Amy Raseman, Jenn Caylor and Michele Metzler, along with a triple block by Metzler, Colleen Loftus and Amy Kendall helped spark Miami to a 10-7 lead in set one. A 6-1 run by the Redbirds gave Illinois State the lead at 13-11. Christina Menche and Loftus responded with kills to retie the set at 13. The teams traded points until it was tied at 21. From there, the Redbirds took the last four points to win the set, 25-21.

Miami fell behind, 3-6, early in set two. Raseman took over contributing four kills, including three consecutively, as the RedHawks went in front, 14-11. Illinois State followed with a 12-2 run that gave it a 24-16 lead and control of the set. Miami took the next two points, but the Redbirds were able to finish off a 25-18 victory.

A service ace by Kendall and kills from Loftus and Raseman gave the RedHawks a 4-2 lead in set three. Miami maintained that lead throughout the first half of the set. With the score 11-9 in favor of the Red and White, a 10-6 run by the Redbirds gave Illinois State the lead at 19-15. Metzler followed with a kill on the next point, and then teamed up with Raseman to pull Miami within two at 17-19. That would be as close as the RedHawks would get, as Illinois State would close on a 6-4 run to win the final set, 25-21.

Raseman led Miami with 11 kills. She hit .474 for the match. Jackie Lang had nine digs to lead Miami, while Kendall contributed 27 assists. Illinois State hit .270 for the match, compared to .192 for the RedHawks.

Miami concludes play at its home invitational later Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. match vs. Indiana.

Ball State 3, Temple 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - - The Ball State (9-2) women's volleyball team opened the second day of the Tar Heel Classic with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) sweep of Temple (2-9) Saturday afternoon at North Carolina's Carmichael Arena.

"We did what we had to do to win this afternoon," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "This was a survival match, where you have to come out, battle, and hopefully figure out a way to win. We were able to do that in all three games. It was not a thing of beauty by any means, but we got the job done."

Freshman outside attacker Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) carried a bulk of the offensive load for the Cardinals, tying for match-high honors with 10 kills in the contest, while adding four digs.

Junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) added eight kills and a match-best three total blocks in the win, while freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) tallied six kills and seven digs.

In the backcourt, a pair of Cardinals finished the contest with double-digit digs, led by senior libero Alyssa Rio's (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) match-high 16. Junior setter Brittany McGinnis added 12 digs to go along with 22 assists for her third double-double of the season.

Ball State's defense continued to shine in the contest, limiting Temple to a .061 (32-25-114) rate of success in the contest. BSU's offense connected for a .121 (32-19-107) mark in the victory.

Elyse Burkert led the Owls and tied Heeres for match-high honors with 10 kills, while Ariel Pierre collected a team-high 15 digs.

Temple got off to a fast start in the opening frame, capitalizing on a pair of blocks and several BSU errors to build a 6-2 advantage. Behind three kills from Baker, the Cardinals battled back within two at 9-7. After the Owls tallied the next point, three straight errors allowed Ball State to tie the frame at 10.

McGinnis followed with three straight aces, to give BSU a 13-10 edge. Ball State tacked on the next point, extending the lead to four, only to have Temple battle back and take a 17-16 lead. With the score tied at 19, back-to-back Heeres kills and an Owls' attack error gave BSU the momentum. The Cardinals went on to win the set 25-20 on a McGinnis over pass which slipped between Temple's defenders.

The combatants battled to a 13-13 stalemate in the second game before a pair of Temple errors followed by a Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.) ace and a block from Brandl and Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.) gave BSU a 17-13 advantage. The Owls were able to battle back within two, at 18-16, only to have BSU score the next three points to move ahead 21-16.

One more run got Temple back within three at 21-18, but Owls' errors on three of the next for plays gave Ball State the 25-18 second-set victory.

Ball State stormed out to a 6-2 lead in the third set behind three kills and a block from Brandl. However, Temple would not go down without a fight, scoring seven of the next eight points to force a BSU timeout at 9-7. The Owls followed with two more points, and pulled ahead by as many as five at 14-9.

Three errors from Temple brought the Cardinals back within two at 14-12, while two aces from Baker evened the score at 14 leading to a timeout from the Owls. However, three BSU errors allowed Temple to regain the momentum, as they pulled back ahead by five at 19-14.

Ball State answered with the next five points, including an ace from Rio and a Brandl kill, to tie the score at 19. From there, the teams battled to a 22-22 tie before an ace from Sullivan and a Brandl kill off the block gave BSU match-point at 24-22. The Cardinals won the contest on the next play, as an attack error from Temple ended the frame at 25-22.

Ball State concludes play in the Tar Heel Classic later this afternoon with a 5:30 p.m. first serve versus Appalachian State.

Western Michigan 3, Seton Hall 1
Western Michigan 3, UMBC 0
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- The Western Michigan volleyball team tallied wins over Seton Hall, 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 26-24), in the morning and UMBC, 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-16), in the early afternoon to win the Seton Hall Invitational.

The Broncos (9-4) earned their second tournament championship of the season (IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational was the other) and the 11th tournament title in the last six seasons.

"We're excited we won the tournament and gained some momentum going into conference play next weekend," head coach Colleen Munson said. "It was nice to get a chance to play three quality teams that all brought different styles. We were able to make the adjustments in our system to be successful. We were challenged, but used a team effort to overcome all three teams this weekend."

Junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage was named tournament MVP after averaging 3.40 kills, 1.70 blocks, 1.60 digs per set and .347 attacking. She was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown and junior setter Sam Viox. Brown led the Broncos with 37 kills and hit .321, while Viox averaged 11.70 assists and 3.30 digs per set, including a pair of double-doubles.

In the morning, senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle became the 18th Bronco in school history to reach 1,000 career kills with nine against Seton Hall (4-9) and tied her season high with 20 digs. Doyle added seven kills against UMBC (4-7) to finish the weekend with 1,012 career kills.

Turnage set new career highs against Seton Hall with 14 kills and nine digs. She hit .367 and added three blocks and one ace, while Brown led all players with a season-high 18 kills on .352 attacking and two blocks.

Viox passed out a season-high 51 assists and tied her season high with three kills. She also had eight digs. Freshman libero Lena Oliver added 17 digs and freshman outside hitter Gillian Asque had nine kills, nine digs and career-high three blocks.

"We got tested by Seton Hall, but kept our composure and came from behind to win the match in set four," Munson said. "They play a system we're not used to seeing and we were able to make the adjustments."

WMU hit .234 with 62 kills, while holding Seton Hall to .192 hitting with 54 kills. The Broncos also had six blocks and five service aces.

Seton Hall was led by Alyssa Warren with 27 digs and Meghan Matusiak with 16 kills, 13 digs and two aces.

A kill by Brown and two errors by the Pirates broke an early tie to put the Broncos up three, 6-3, in the opening set. Another error by the Pirates, 12-7, put WMU up five and forced Seton Hall to call timeout. That maneuver didn't slow the Broncos as they went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to 10, 20-10, after three consecutive miscues by Seton Hall. Seton Hall saved four set points until Asque put the first set away, 25-19.

The Broncos hit .286 with 18 kills, including four each by Brown, Doyle and Turnage. The Pirates hit .151 with 14 kills.

Western Michigan fell behind by three, 8-5, but a kill and back-to-back aces by freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen started a 9-1 run that put WMU up five, 14-9, after a solo block by Asque. The Pirates scored after a timeout, but a kill by Brown and Doyle ace put WMU up six, 16-10, and Seton Hall never pulled closer than four the rest of the way, 25-18.

The Broncos hit .303 with 14 kills, including five kills in eight swings for Asque, while Seton Hall countered by hitting .207 with 11 kills.

The Broncos took a 2-1 lead, but allowed the next two points and were fighting from behind the rest of the way in the third set. A kill by Gossen and block by Gossen and Turnage briefly put WMU back in front, 14-13, however Seton Hall came back with a 9-1 run to go up seven, 22-15. The Pirates kept the match alive, 25-19, after an attack error by WMU.

Turnage and Brown each had four kills, but WMU hit just .139 with 13 kills and eight errors. The Pirates accumulated 14 kills and hit .265 in the third set.

Seton Hall kept the momentum to start the fourth set and went up by six, 11-5, after serving an ace immediately after a Western Michigan timeout. A kill by the Pirates kept them up five, 19-14, before Western Michigan mounted a serious rally to try and avoid a fifth set.

Kills by Turnage and Doyle pulled WMU within two, 19-17, and forced Seton Hall to call timeout. The Pirates scored a kill on the next point, but WMU responded with three in a row and tied the score, 20-20, on a block by Brown and Asque that forced SHU to use its last timeout. The Pirates regained the lead with a kill, but WMU took the lead on a Brown kill and SHU error. The teams traded points, 24-24, until Viox put WMU on top for good with a kill and then freshman outside hitter Taylor Richard ended the match with her only kill, 26-24, on an overpass that the Pirates couldn't control.

WMU hit .208 with 17 kills in the final set, led by eight kills and .636 attacking by Brown. The Broncos held SHU to .176 hitting with 15 kills.

In the afternoon, WMU was led by Richard against UMBC (4-7) with career highs of 10 kills, .286 attacking, 16 digs, two aces and two blocks. Viox added a season-high 13 digs and 33 assists, while Oliver had 13 digs and Doyle 10. Turnage led all players with six blocks and added seven kills. Doyle, Brown and Gossen all had seven kills, as well. Doyle finished the weekend with 1,012 career kills.

The Broncos hit .173 and held the Terriers to .083 hitting with eight blocks and 69 digs. UMBC was led by Hallie Carter with 21 digs and Sabrina Hoeks with 14 kills and 11 digs.

The Broncos jumped ahead early on the Terriers by building a six-point lead, 12-6, after Turnage blocks with Doyle and Richard and a kill by Doyle. UMBC came back and cut the lead to one, 20-19, before WMU closed the door. The Broncos didn't allow another point and took the lead, 25-19, after a kill by Gossen.

Brown had six of the Broncos' 14 kills as they hit .209. UMBC hit .190 with 14 kills.

The Terriers scored the first four points of the second set, but WMU tied the score, 10-10, after a kill by Turnage. UMBC rattled off the next two points, but kills by Gossen and Richard tied the score. UMBC regained the lead on the next point, but then WMU went on an 8-2 run to take control, 20-15. UMBC got back within three, 23-20, but Gossen and Richard put away kills to end the set, 25-20.

WMU hit .122 with 13 kills, while UMBC hit .044 with 10 kills. Richard accounted for eight points in the set with six kills and two aces.

Western Michigan quickly tried to clinch the tournament by scoring 11 of the first 15 points to start the third set and the Terriers never threatened. WMU won the tournament on UMBC's eighth service error of the match, 25-16. Sophomore defensive specialist Elizabeth Sweeney registered her first career kill on a back row attack off the block in the set.

WMU hit .195 with 13 kills, but relied on its defense to hold UMBC to .022 hitting with 10 kills and nine errors. Turnage had four kills and three blocks in the set to lead Western Michigan.

The Broncos return to University Arena next weekend to host Toledo (5-6) and Ball State (9-2) in the beginning of Mid-American Conference play. First serve is 7 p.m. for both matches.

TCU 3, Ohio 1
Ohio Volleyball lost in the final of the TCU Nike Invitational this afternoon to the host Horned Frogs, 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 23-25).

"I like the effort and talent I'm just disappointed in the consistency," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. We just need to turn the page and increase the amount of time we're playing at a high level. I still think we'll be peaking at the end of the year."

Sue Jacobi and Faith Robins made the all-tournament team for Ohio (8-5). Jacobi finished with a match-high 25 kills and 21 digs. Katie Post and Robins had 10 kills each while Robins, Post and Lexie Hartnett each had four blocks. Michelle Jantsch finished with a match-high 43 assists, 20 digs and four kills.

"Sue continued to emerge as a six rotation player and she is already awfully good," Theis said. "Faith is becoming a better complement to Sue on the other side of the court and Katie played better than her numbers showed."

In the first set, Ohio never led by more than three points and actually trailed by as many as two (12-10), but was able to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The quartet of Jacobi, Robins, Katie Post and Lexie Hartnett had 16 of Ohio's 18 kills as the Bobcats grabbed an early lead.

"Late in game one we converted and made plays," Theis said. "In game three, same situation, we missed opportunities. We were up and down and TCU kept playing the same. The thing we are most consistent with is our inconsistency. Our play is what dictates whether we win or lose the match."

In the second set, TCU scored the first six points and took their largest lead at 17-7. The Bobcats still trailed 22-12 before taking six of the next eight points to trim the lead to 24-18. Reigning MWC Player of the Week Irene Hester then picked up her fifth kill of the set to even the match, 1-1. TCU hit .519 during the set while eight different Bobcats earned kills.

Set number three started with Ohio taking a 6-1 lead after an ace by Mandy Nichols but TCU would come all the way back and tie the set, 12-12. Five of the next seven points went to the Bobcats though and a kill by Jacobi made it 17-14. It was still a three-point lead for the Green & White at 22-19 but the Horned Frogs scored six of the next seven points (three kills, an ace, two Ohio errors) for a 2-1 lead in the match. Jacobi had her best set of the afternoon with eight kills and helped Ohio hit .316 as a team.

The fourth set was even through 34 points before TCU scored three-straight points for a 20-17 lead. The quick burst led to a Bobcat timeout but could not stop the scoring from the opposition. The lead grew to five but Ohio scored five of the next six points and an ace by Jantsch cut the lead to 24-23 and gave the 'Cats possession. TCU was able to respond and got a kill from Kristen Hester to end the match.

Ohio once again held the edge in kills (62-54) and blocks (8-7) but were really unable to get any breaks in the match.

"Every break fell to TCU today," Theis said. "Every ball within six inches of the line they were getting points on."

The 'Cats open MAC action this Thursday evening in the Convo at 7 p.m. against Kent State.

Northern Illinois 3, Youngstown State 0
DeKALB, Ill. - Eager to get back on the court after its first loss of the season on Tuesday, nothing could stand in the way of the Northern Illinois volleyball team on Saturday afternoon. Not even a power outage that forced the match to be played at the NIU Student Recreation Center, instead of the Convocation Center's Victor E. Court.

Seven minutes prior to the first serve, parts of DeKalb suffered a power outage and "The Dog House" went completely black and silent for a few seconds before the Convocation Center's back-up generator kicked on, providing a dim light. Officials Rod Rodriguez and Daniel Wong deemed the light insufficient enough for a safe match. Arrangements were then made to relocate the event to the rec center and the match started two hours after its originally scheduled 1 p.m. CT start time.

"It's not always how you plan it, sometimes it's a little out of our control," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "I appreciate Youngstown State understanding, and our fans that were there, along with our kids, for being flexible."

In the new location, the Huskies had to quickly adjust to a playing environment that included a lack of "feel" with no music, public address announcer, and two small scoreboards. However, 154 fans still managed to make their way in and made their presence felt.

"Even though it wasn't our home court, we still felt at home," said Gooden. "It's ironic that the size of the court was similar to that of Elon, where we played earlier this season. All of our players are familiar with the rec center because they played there either during spring practice or during the summer for camp. Even without the confines of Victor E., we still felt the energy of our crowd."

The Huskies did not seem frazzled by the unexpected change in venue, nor did they show any ill effects from the end of their school-record 11-match winning streak to start the season. NIU soundly went about its business by sweeping Youngstown State, 25-21, 25-15, 25-18, in 1 hour and six minutes -- about an hour less than it took to get the match started.

NIU (12-1) dominated the Penguins (2-11) in just about every statistical category by holding an edge in kills (43-26), hitting percentage (.312-.067), assists (41-24), aces (3-2), digs (40-32), blocks (8-4), and points (54-32).

"I thought at times we did the things we were looking to do," said Gooden. "We did a good job of communicating and being more aggressive with our play. It was a full team effort. We got contributions from many parts of the team today."

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) led the Huskies with 15 kills, while also totaling a .310 hitting percentage, seven digs, and two blocks. Junior setter Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) had a well-rounded performance with 21 assists, four digs, two aces, one kill, and a solo block. Freshman middle blocker Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) posted a team-best .462 hitting percentage in getting seven kills, adding three blocks to boot. In taking over near the end of the second set, freshman setter Kayla Zeno (Lake Elmo, Minn./Stillwater Area) tied a season-high total of 15 assists, while setting high marks for digs (6) and blocks (3). Sophomore defensive specialist Sue Hayes (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley) tallied a team-high nine digs.

Both of Hoffman's aces came in back-to-back fashion to cap an 8-3 run in the first set, giving NIU a 15-10 lead that would help win the set. In the second set, the Huskies found their groove, opening a 13-4 lead with help from two kills by sophomore middle blocker Mary Kurisch (LaCrosse, Wis./West Salem). Also fueling the run were nine errors by the Penguins, which allowed NIU to easily claim take a 2-0 advantage in the match. To come out victorious in the final stanza, the Huskies broke a 10-10 tie with a 15-8 spurt to end the contest. Five Wicinski kills highlighted the run.

With the win, NIU improved to 6-1 at home in 2010 and 82-49 at home under Gooden. Additionally, the Huskies stayed undefeated in the all-time, five-match series against Youngstown State.

The Huskies will return to Victor E. Court tomorrow in a rare Sunday match against Iowa (5-3) at 3 p.m. CT.

Akron 3, Cornell 0
Akron 3, Connecticut 0
Hamilton, N.Y. - The University of Akron volleyball team, now 8-4 on the year, completed its sweep Saturday taking matches from Cornell and Connecticut at the Colgate Invitational.

Beating Colgate in five sets on Friday, the Zips took straight sweeps over the Big Red and Huskies Saturday in their final tournament before Mid-American Conference play opens up next weekend.

In the sweep, senior Jackie Goleman was named tournament MVP and junior Courtney Jarvis landed on the all-tournament team. Goleman was outstanding defensively posting a team high 1.27 blocks per set also adding 20 kills, eight digs and three service aces. Jarvis was the offensive star putting up 53 kills, including 27 in Akron's 3-2 win over Colgate, 22 digs and seven service aces.

Down 24-21 to open the day against Cornell, two kills from Goleman and a Big Red error tied it at 24. Another Cornell error put UA up one but a returned kill kept it tied at 25. The Zips would seal the deal when Goleman laid down another kill and UA forced another Big Red error for the 27-25 win.

Akron dominantly took over the second set going up 20-10 for a ten-point lead the Zips never relinquished in the 25-15 win. The third set proved much different as the two teams would go back and forth through 18 points. Akron would go on a 4-0 run (22-18), which prompted a Cornell timeout. To no avail, Akron would come out of the break with a service ace and push ahead for the 25-22 win.

The Zips came out swinging against Connecticut never letting the Huskies grab a lead throughout the first two sets for the 25-17 and 25-20 wins. The third proved a different story as UConn and UA would go point for point through the first nine of the set. Turning around the momentum, Akron went on a 5-0 run for the advantage the Zips never gave up in the 25-21 victory.

Akron will open up the MAC season next weekend, Sept. 24-25, welcoming Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) to James A. Rhodes Arena. Both matches are slated for 7:00 p.m.