Ball State 3, Bowling Green 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - - The Ball State women's volleyball team turned in another dominating performance Saturday evening, scoring a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-12) victory over Mid-American Conference East Division foe Bowling Green at Anderson Arena.
With the victory, the Cardinals climb to 18-4 (8-2 MAC) on the year and snap a six-match losing streak to the Falcons. Prior to tonight, the Cardinals last win in the series was a 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 40-20) sweep on Oct. 2, 2004. BGSU falls to 7-18 (1-9 MAC) with the loss.
"We turned in another great team effort on the road tonight," said head coach Steve Shondell. "Scoring a win over a team our program had not beaten since 2004 made the victory a little bit extra sweet. We went out very focused and took care of business tonight. Both victories this weekend were very important, as they kept us in the race for the MAC Championships."
Freshman outside attacker Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing H.S.) turned in another strong offensive effort for Ball State, racking up a match-high 16 kills to go along with a .433 (16-3-30) attack percentage. Heeres also finished the match with a career-high four blocks and three digs.
Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) and Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) each blasted nine kills to help lead the BSU offense. Baker added six digs and four blocks to her stat line, while Brandl collected a match-best five blocks and two digs. Both players also served up an ace.
Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) guided the Ball State offense to a .308 (43-11-104) hitting mark in the win, while collecting her team-leading seventh double-double of the season with 35 assists and 10 digs.
Senior outside hitter Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.) led the Cardinals with 11 digs, while senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) added 10. Rio also collected a pair of kills, including the match-winner.
Danielle Tonyan paced the Bowling Green attack with 10 kills, while three other BGSU attackers contributed eight kills. Ashley Dunn collected a match-high 15 digs for the Falcons.
Overall, Ball State limited the Falcons attack to a .145 (36-20-110) rate of success in the contest. BSU also held a 51 to 40 edge in digs, a nine to two advantage in blocks and a six to one lead in aces.
In the opening set, the teams played to a 20-20 stalemate with neither squad leading by more than two points. From there, a Baker kill and a Heeres solo block helped the Cardinals pull out to a 22-20 edge. After a kill from BGSU's Noelle Spitler cut the lead to one, kills from Baker and Heeres gave Ball State set-point at 24-21. Freshman Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.) followed with a frame-winning blast for the Cardinals at 25-21.
Bowling Green surged out to an early 7-4 advantage in the second set, only to see Ball State battle back and even the frame at 9-9. After pushing the score to 11-11, two-straight kills from Heeres and a Brandl service ace helped BSU take control of the set. Ball State extended its lead to seven points, at 23-16, before winning the frame 25-19 on a Falcons attack error.
With the score knotted at two, back-to-back Bowling Green attack errors and a block from Baker and Brandl gave BSU the lead for good in the third frame at 5-2. The Falcons would cut the gap to one at 7-6 thanks to a Paige Penrod kill, only to see markers from Heeres and Marx push the advantage back to three at 9-6.
One more two-point rally from BGSU cut the edge to 9-8, but kills from Heeres, Rio and Baker helped BSU pull ahead 12-8. From there, Ball State went on to score 13 of the final 17 points, winning the set 25-12. A block assist from Brandl and McGinnis gave BSU match-point at 24-11, while Rio's second kill of evening closed out the match.
The Ball State women's volleyball returns to Worthen Arena Friday, when it hosts Western Michigan in a pivotal battle between MAC West Division powers. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Western Michigan 3, Kent State 0
KENT, Ohio -- Middle blockers Ashley Turnage and Jessica Brown led Western Michigan with 12 and 10 kills to lead Western Michigan past Kent State, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20), on Saturday night at the M.A.C. Center.
Turnage hit .474 and added three blocks and two digs, while Brown hit .450 with two digs and two blocks as the Broncos (18-6, 8-2 MAC) hit .317 as a team in winning their sixth consecutive match.
Freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen hit .300 and added nine kills, while freshman outside hitter Gillian Asque had eight kills and three digs. Junior setter Sam Viox finished with 37 assists, six digs, two blocks and two kills, while freshman libero Lena Oliver led all players with 17 digs.
The Broncos held the Golden Flashes (10-15, 3-7 MAC) to .167 hitting with 37 kills, while the Broncos tallied 48 kills. The Broncos also had more digs (48-40) and blocks (6.0-4.0).
"This was a nice win and great opportunity to see us grow as a team," head coach Colleen Munson said. "We recognize that our opponents have their strengths and will go on runs, but we're not letting that faze us. The girls understand that the most important thing is what happens on our side of the net and not get caught up in what the other team is doing."
Kills by Gossen and Turnage put the Broncos in front, 6-4, to start the first set and they eventually went up four, 13-9, after another Gossen kill. Kent State came back to tie the set, 16-16, but a 4-1 run put WMU back in control, 20-17. The Golden Flashes rallied to score three in a row and tie the score, but then WMU ran out the set with five in a row, 25-20, with two Brown kills around a Viox kill.
WMU hit .342 with 20 kills in the first set, led by Brown with five kills and Viox had 17 assists in the set. Kent hit .281, but had just 11 kills.
A block by Turnage and senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle put the Broncos up three, 7-4, but Kent State rallied to tie, 8-8. The Broncos didn't let KSU go in front and went on an 8-3 run to build the lead again, 16-11. Kent State never mounted another rally and WMU took the set, 25-17, on a block by Brown and Viox.
WMU had 14 kills and hit .393, while holding Kent State to .147 hitting with 13 kills. Turnage hit .714 with five kills in seven swings in the set.
A solo block by Gossen and kill by Turnage put the Broncos up by four, 9-5, early in the third set. Kent State closed within one, 13-12, but a 6-2 run by the Broncos put some distance, 19-14, between the squads. The Broncos clinched the match on their first match point, 25-20, on a kill from Turnage in the middle.
WMU hit. 237 with 14 kills in the final set, while holding Kent State to .095 hitting with 12 kills.
The Broncos remain on the road next weekend when they head to Ball State (18-4, 8-2 MAC) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Toledo (8-13, 3-7 MAC) on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Miami 3, Toledo 1
OXFORD, Ohio - An aggressive offensive attack led by a career-high 18 kills from Colleen Loftus buoyed Miami to a 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 20-25, 25-16) victory over Toledo on Saturday night. The RedHawks improve to 8-15 overall and 3-7 in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets fall to 8-13 overall and 3-7 in the MAC.
Set one did not start out well for Miami as it fell behind, 3-7. Two kills from Lisa Treadway and a kill by Loftus sparked a 7-3 run by the RedHawks that tied the set at 10. After a point by Toledo, two kills each from Loftus and Michele Metzler, along with the first career block by Treadway gave Miami an 18-14 lead. The Rockets would answer and eventually tie the score at 22. Amy Raseman and Metzler would score kills to give the RedHawks set point, while a Toledo attack error would give them the 25-22 win.
Loftus had three kills early, while Raseman and Treadway had two kills apiece to open up a 10-7 lead for Miami to start set two. Toledo would respond with an 11-3 run to give itself the largest lead of the set at 18-13. Two kills from Madison Dodd helped the RedHawks pull within two at 17-19. Trailing 20-22, a kill and a service ace by Metzler tied the set up. The Rockets would score the next two points to create set point. After a service error, Miami forced Toledo into an attack error to retie the match at 24. Dodd would follow with a kill off of Amy Kendall's assist, and Cassie Farrell would score a solo block to give Miami a 26-24 victory.
Set three would prove to be a tough battle as each team turned up the defensive pressure. Freshman Madison Hardy, serving as the libero for Miami in this match, would record 11 digs in this set alone. Miami opened up a 4-2 lead thanks to kills from Raseman and Treadway. Trailing 6-10, the RedHawks would tie the score with four straight points off kills from Farrell, Treadway, Metzler and Dodd. Tied at 11, Toledo would go on a 7-1 run to open up an 18-12 advantage. Loftus would try to keep Miami in it with two more kills, but the Rockets would hang on and eventually take a 25-20 win.
In front 9-8 in set four, two kills by Metzler and a service ace by Treadway were part of a 7-2 run that opened up a six point lead for Miami. In front 19-14, Farrell took over recording three kills and a block, while Dodd also put down a kill to give the RedHawks match point at 24-14. Two points later, Dodd recorded one last kill to give Miami a 25-16 victory.
Loftus had a double-double on the day, recording 14 digs to go with her 18 kills. Metzler finished with 13 kills, while Dodd had a career-high 12. Hardy set a new career-high with 26 digs. Treadway was right behind her with 21 digs. Kendall led the RedHawks with 28 assists, while Michelle Mangia recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs. Miami hit .256 for the match, while holding Toledo to a .187 hitting percentage.
The RedHawks return to action next Friday, Oct. 29 when they host Akron at 7 p.m.
Northern Illinois 3, Ohio 1
ATHENS, Ohio - Sue Jacobi had 22 kills and hit .415 for the match while Faith Robins hit .312 and tied a career-high with eight blocks, but Ohio fell on Saturday night in the Convo to first-place Northern Illinois, 3-1 (20-25, 25-27, 25-22, 22-25).
Ohio fell behind 5-2 in the first set but came back to even things early on at 6-6. The Huskies would take the lead and then slowly continue to tack more points to their advantage before taking their largest lead at eight, 22-14. Ohio got back into the first set with six of the next eight points getting two kills and two blocks by Lexie Hartnett and two blocks by Robins. However, NIU's early lead paid off as they needed just one more point in the set and got it to win 25-20.
Ohio's lead was as many as three in the early stages of the second set and still led 14-11 before NIU battled back to tie things at 15-15. The Huskies took a brief 16-15 edge before three-straight points for Ohio allowed them to retake an 18-16 lead on blocks by Katie Post and Jacobi. NIU would tie things again before kills from Jacobi and Michelle Jantsch made it 21-19 Ohio. However, leading 22-20, the 'Cats allowed four of the next five points and fell behind 24-23. Kills by Mandy Nichols and a NIU error made it 25-24 with Ohio serving to tie the match. Despite the opportunity, the Green & White squandered their shot and NIU scored three-successive points to take a 2-0 lead in the match with a 27-25 win. Jacobi had a match-best nine kills during the set.
Ohio started the third set off with a renewed passion and jumped all over NIU for a 10-5 lead. Just like the previous two sets, NIU showed resolve and scored nine of the next 14 points to even the set at 14-14. Points by Hartnett, Jacobi, Robins and Katie Post gave Ohio a four-point lead at 22-18 and The Convo was rocking in anticipation of the 'Cats getting back in the match. NIU would rally and tie the set 22-22 but a kill by Robins and two joint blocks by Robins and Post made the match interesting with a 25-22 Ohio win.Robins finished with half of her blocks in the third set alone.
NIU quickly doubled up Ohio 8-4 in the fourth set and despite the lead being cut to one, the Huskies responded and took their largest lead at 17-10. Kills by Hartnett and Jacobi would get Ohio within three at 22-19 and a NIU error cut the deficit to two at 24-22, but Meghan Romo ended things with a kill and NIU won the match in four sets.
Jacobi was the only Bobcat with double-figure kills as Robins and Post added seven with Nichols and Hartnett each putting down six. Post picked up seven blocks and Hartnett had six as the Bobcats registered 15.0 total team blocks. Ohio was unable to hit over .300 as a team in any set with their best attacking percentage at .256 in the second set. Jantsch had a team-high 42 assists and Meryl Bender finished with a team-high 15 digs.
The Bobcats resume play against MAC East teams on Thursday night when they travel to Kent State for a 7 p.m. contest.
Eastern Michigan 3, Akron 2
AKRON, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team stretched its winning streak to four straight with a 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-15, 17-25, 25-20, 15-13) over the University of Akron Saturday night, Oct. 23, in Mid-American Conference action at James A. Rhodes Arena.
With the decision the Eagles improve to 21-6 on the campaign and 8-2 in the MAC, while the MAC East leading Zips fall to 13-9 (5-5 MAC).
Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) paced the offensive attack for the Green and White with 18 kills and a .302 hitting percentage (18-5-43) to go along with 14 digs. Senior Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn) followed with 13 kills to go along with 10 from freshman Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy).
Eastern Michigan remains on the road next weekend with a road swing to battle instate rival Central Michigan University Thursday, Oct. 28, before playing Ohio University Saturday, Oct. 30. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m.