Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results
Akron 3, Kent State 2
Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 0
Ohio 3, Buffalo 0
Western Michigan 3, Bowling Green O
Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0
Akron 3, Kent State 2
Kent, Ohio - The University of Akron volleyball remains undefeated in Mid-American Conference play after beating Kent State in five sets Saturday evening at the M.A.C. Center.
The Zips move to 12-4 on the season and 4-0 in league play and are the only remaining undefeated team in MAC play. With the loss, Kent State moves to 8-11 on the year and 1-3 in the conference.
A close contest throughout, Kent State out hit the Zips .235 to .208 but UA would come up with the points when it mattered. Winning the first set 25-22, Akron would fall 25-12 and 25-22 in sets two and three. Coming back to win the fourth set also by a 25-22 score, Akron would move on to its second consecutive five set contest.
Kent State would gain control to start the set, however, up 10-7, a 4-0 run from UA pulled the Zips to a 11-10 lead, their first of the set. Two Golden Flash kills would regain the KSU advantage (12-11) but it would be Kent State's last point of the match as four Zip kills, including two from redshirt freshman Alex Wiederholt , spurred UA on to its ninth straight win.
For the first time in her career, Wiederholt led the Zips offensively with 15 kills to go along with two services and one solo block and block assist. Along with Wiederholt, three Zips including juniors Tina Dimitrijevs (14) and Courtney Jarvis (12) and senior Jackie Goleman (13) posted double-figure kills.
Continuing to prove to be a well-balanced team, four Zips also posted double-figure digs in sophomore Chelsea Harvey (20), Jarvis (17), freshman Alex Cocklin (16) and sophomore setter Morgan Kuhn (16). Kuhn also added 35 assists.
Akron will return to action next Thursday (Oct. 7) traveling to Buffalo and returning home on Saturday (Oct. 9) for a match against Toledo. Both games are slated for 7:00 p.m.
Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women's volleyball team moved into a tie for first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) victory over Eastern Michigan Saturday night at Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals, who improve to 13-3 (3-1 MAC), also handed the Eagles (16-4/3-1 MAC) their first road loss of the season as they drop to 7-1 in away contests. Ball State remains a perfect 6-0 at Worthen Arena. As of this evening, BSU, EMU and Western Michigan are in a three-way tie for the top spot in the division at 3-1.
"This was a match we needed very dearly to have any chance of being a contender for the league title," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "I thought the girls showed their mental toughness in games two and three when Eastern fought back. I give a lot of credit to Mindy Marx at the end of game two, as she struggled early on, but stepped up with a couple big kills for us. Down the stretch in game three, there were a number of players who rose to the occasion. This was a great win over one of the premier teams in the MAC."
For the second-straight night, it was BSU's freshmen outside attackers leading the offense, as Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) tied for match-high honors with 11 kills, while Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) added 10 markers. Baker would go on to collect 17 digs for her third double-double of the season.
In the middle, juniors Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) and Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.) each collected eight kills. Boyd finished the night with a match-best .375 (8-2-16) hitting percentage, while Brandl tied for match-high honors with three blocks. Freshman Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.) added seven kills in the contest, including the second-set winner.
Defensively, four Cardinals tallied double-digit digs, led by senior libero Alyssa Rio's (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) match-best 26. Freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) added 11 digs, as did junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.). Baker was the other BSU player with double-digit digs at 17.
McGinnis led the Ball State offense to a .204 (48-18-147) attack percentage in the victory, dishing out a match-high 40 assists to go along with her 11 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. She also planted four kills and notched a block assist.
BSU's overall defensive effort helped limit Eastern Michigan to its third-lowest hitting percentage of the season at .130 (40-20-154). Paige Roback paced the EMU offense with 11 kills, while Rachel Iaquaniello and Kristen Baker added 10 apiece. Haley Stein led the Eagles defense with 19 digs, while Roback added 18.
The Ball State women's volleyball team continues league play next Thursday, when it travels to Toledo for a 7 p.m. first serve against the Rockets.
Ohio 3, Buffalo 0
Ohio Volleyball bounced back from a tough loss with a resounding victory over Buffalo on Saturday night in straight sets, 25-14, 25-19, 25-16. The 'Cats improved to 11-6, 3-1 in the MAC and 24-1 all-time vs. the Bulls.
Katie Post and Sue Jacobi dominated play for Ohio with 29 of the team's 43 kills on the evening. Post racked up 15 kills and hit .545, while Jacobi picked up 14 kills and also hit .545. The two of them, along with Lexie Hartnett, all finished with a match-high four blocks. Michelle Jantsch finished with a match-high 33 assists and Meryl Bender had a match-high eight digs.
The Bobcats hit .378 as a team, going .583 in the first set and .310 in the second to really set the tone. On the opposite side, UB was held to an .095 hitting percentage. Overall, Ohio had 13 more kills than Buffalo and 11.0 total blocks as opposed to UB's 5.0
The first set started off 2-2 before Ohio received three-consecutive kills. After a Buffalo point, they would get no closer as the 'Cats methodically pulled away for an easy win, 25-14. Jacobi had six kills, an ace, a block and an assist, while Post also accumulated six kills. The 16 team kills was a match-high for Ohio.
Buffalo led 13-10 in the second set before kills from Post and Jacobi knotted the score 14-14. The set was still tied 17-17 before Faith Robins picked up two kills and a block assist as the Bobcats jumped ahead 21-17. In fact, the Green & White scored eight of the final 10 points in the set for a big 2-0 advantage in the match. Post finished with five kills in the set and Robins added three kills and two blocks.
Ohio jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set before UB took the next four points for an early edge. The 'cats put the next four points on the board with Jantsch picking up a kill and a block assist. After Buffalo cut it to 8-7, the next five points went to Ohio. Much like the first set, this one was hardly in doubt after that point with the Bobcats pulling away for a 25-16 win. Jacobi and Post each had four kills and Hartnett added two. Jacobi also notched three blocks while Post and Hartnett had two each.
Western Michigan 3, Bowling Green O
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown had a season-high 19 kills and tied her season high with a .500 attack percentage to lead Western Michigan volleyball past Bowling Green, 3-0 (26-24, 31-29, 27-25), at Anderson Arena on Saturday night.
Freshman middle blocker Emily Harris and sophomore defensive specialist Elizabeth Sweeney each earned their first career start and contributed career highs for the Broncos (12-5, 3-1 MAC). Harris had career highs of 11 kills, five digs, three blocks, one ace and .562 attack percentage, while Sweeney had a career-high six digs against the Falcons (6-12, 1-3 MAC).
"Emily has been working hard in practice to learn the collegiate game and get better," head coach Colleen Munson said. "She earned the opportunity to get more playing time and took advantage.
"Our middle hitters in general have been working hard to isolate themselves and create scoring chances," Munson said. "They are relentless and make themselves an option every time. Our opponents have had a hard time because of how effective and deceptive our middles have been and Sam does a good job of finding them."
Senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle added nine kills, hitting .381, 11 digs, four assists and two blocks, while freshman outside hitter Taylor Richard had eight kills, hitting .350, and 14 digs.
Junior setter Sam Viox dished 48 assists with five digs, while freshman libero Lena Oliver added 14 digs.
The match was an offensive affair with the Broncos hitting .344 and the Falcons hitting .285. The Falcons had more kills (60-54) and more attack errors (19-12). Serving was also a difference with Western Michigan compiling three aces and one error, while Bowling Green had two aces and eight service errors.
Danielle Tonyan led the Falcons with 23 kills, while Paige Penrod added 18 kills and 11 digs. Lauren Avila led the offense with 54 assists and Ashley Dunn led the defense with 15 digs.
"Bowling Green played very aggressively," Munson said. "They jumped out in front of us in every game, but we showed poise to come from behind and were able to take care of business on our side of the court."
The Falcons scored the first three points of the set, but kills by Brown, Oliver and two by Richard put WMU in the lead, 4-3. After trading points, the Falcons scored four in a row to go up 10-6, but WMU came back with a 6-2 run to tie the score, 12-12, on a kill by freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen. Bowling Green built the lead back to three, 17-14, but WMU came back with four straight to regain the lead, 18-17, on a kill by Brown to force a timeout. The Broncos kept the run going to a 7-1 spurt to build the lead to three, 21-18, but Bowling Green tied again, 22-22. The Falcons earned the first set point, 24-23, but then missed the following serve and Western Michigan capitalized with kills by Richard and Doyle to win the set, 26-24.
The set featured 11 ties and seven lead changes as Western Michgian hit .286 with 18 kills and the Falcons hit .152 with 14 kills.
The Falcons took the early lead again, 8-5, before Western Michigan rattled off four in a row to take the lead, 9-8, on a Doyle kill. The Broncos were down again, 14-13, but scored three in a row to regain the lead, 16-14, and force Bowling Green to call timeout. An attack error by BGSU put WMU up three, 20-17, but they rallied with a 7-1 run to earn set point, 24-21.
WMU scored the next four points with a kill by Brown, Richard ace, Brown kill and BGSU error to get to set point, 25-24, but Bowling Green kept the set alive. The Falcons saved another set point and then WMU had to hang on by saving three set points. A Harris kill tied the score, 29-29, and then WMU finally broke away with a Richard kill and block by Doyle and Brown to win the set, 31-29.
WMU hit .367 with 21 kills, led by Harris with six, while the Falcons had 25 kills and seven errors to hit .340. The Falcons missed two serves, while WMU had no misses and one ace. The set had 20 ties and 11 lead changes.
In the third set, neither team led by more than two points the entire set. A Brown termination and ace by Oliver gave WMU a late lead, 22-20. The Falcons scored, but then missed the next serve to remain down two, 23-21, before scoring three in a row to gain set point, 24-23. The Falcons missed another serve on set point, but gained another set point with a kill, 25-24. The Broncos stayed alive with a Doyle kill and then won the set with back-to-back Brown kills, 27-25.
WMU hit .387 with 15 kills and three errors, while the Falcons had another 21 kills, but also five errors to hit .356. Brown had nine kills and no misses in 12 swings to hit .750 in the clinching set. The Broncos also had two aces and no errors, while Bowling Green had zero aces and five missed serves. The third set had 12 more ties and six lead changes.
The Broncos remain on the road next weekend with trips to in-state rivals Eastern Michigan (15-4, 3-1 MAC) on Friday and Central Michigan (7-9, 1-3 MAC) on Saturday.
Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Sophomore Lindsey Dulude had a match-best 15 kills and the Central Michigan volleyball team bounced back with a strong offensive effort in a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-22, 27-25) of the Toledo Rockets in Mid-American Conference action at Savage Arena on Saturday.
The Chippewas (7-9, 1-3 MAC) hit over .300 in each of the first two sets to hand the Rockets (5-10, 0-4 MAC) their fourth straight conference loss.
"I'm glad we could come off a tough loss," head coach Erik Olson said. "We had a conversation about playing harder with more emotion, and we showed that we really wanted this win today."
Dulude paced three CMU players in double-figures, along with senior Lauren Krupsky (11 kills) and junior Kaitlyn Schultz (10).
Senior libero Lisa Johnson had a match-best 17 digs and sophomore Katie Schuette added 11. Junior setter Catherine Ludwig finished with 37 assists.
"We changed up some of our strategy today, and it allowed Lindsey to play a little more effectively today from an offensive standpoint," Olson said. "Schuette is a phenomenal athlete and the challenge for me is to build a system that gets our best players on the floor. I think we're starting to find it."
Amber DeWeerdt led UT with 13 kills and Katie Westerfeld paced the Midnight Blue and Gold with 17 digs.
The Chippewas took a 16-9 lead early in the first set to pave the path for a 1-0 lead. CMU held a narrow 11-8 edge early in set two before expanding their lead midway through the set to as many as six to move into position for the sweep.
The two teams were tied at 16 in the third set before Toledo scored five straight. Central Michigan responded with seven straight. UT battled back to force extras, but kills by Krupsky and Schuette capped the victory.
"We came out of a couple late timeouts and played well in set three, and we were able to close it out," Olson said. "We've had some trouble doing that this season, so hopefully that was really good for our confidence."
CMU hit .267 for the match and held UT to a .174 clip. The victory snapped a four-match losing streak.
The Chippewas open a four-game home stand on Oct. 8 against Northern Illinois.