Thursday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 10/8/2010

Thursday's MAC Volleyball Results
Akron 3, Buffalo 0
Ball State 3, Toledo 2


Akron 3, Buffalo 0

Buffalo, N.Y. - The University of Akron volleyball downed Buffalo in three sets Thursday evening to win the Zips tenth straight and move to 13-4 on the year and 5-0 in conference play. The Zips remain the only undefeated team in the league.

Freshman Alex Cocklin was the star for UA pounding down a career-high 15 kills. Redshirt freshman Alex Wiederholt followed with eight kills also adding three block assists.

Sophomore Chelsea Harvey and junior Courtney Jarvis manned the backcourt posting a combined 29 digs. Senior Jackie Goleman also contributed defensively registering four block assists and one solo block.

In the first set, Buffalo would start out on top grabbing a 12-6 lead. However, a UB service error would put the ball back in the hands of the Zips and spur four consecutive kills to put UA within one (11-12). Another UB error would tie it up at 12. Back and forth Buffalo would pull ahead for a 18-14 lead but a determined Zips squad would tie the contest at 22. A Jarvis service ace put UA up 23-22 and two follow up Buffalo attack errors put the Zips up 1-0.

Akron would maintain a solid lead in the second set grabbing the biggest match advantage at the 22-16 mark for the eventual 25-17 win.

The third set started out much like the first. UB went up 13-8, however, a 7-2 Zips run including three Cocklin kills, tied it up at 15-15 with Akron pulling away for the 24-19 lead. UB would go on a 4-0 run but to no avail as a kill from Cocklin would put the Bulls away by a score of 25-23.

Akron will continue MAC action on Saturday returning home to face Toledo for a 7:00 p.m. match.

 

 Ball State 3, Toledo 2
TOLEDO, Ohio - - Behind a match-best and career-high 25 kills from junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.), the Ball State women's volleyball team outlasted Toledo, scoring a 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 26-28, 25-21, 15-10) victory over the Rockets Thursday evening at Savage Arena.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 14-3 (4-1 Mid-American Conference) on the season and take a half-match lead in the MAC West Division standings. The Rockets fall to 5-11 (0-5 MAC) with the loss.

In addition to her match-high 25 kills, Brandl finished the contest with a .422 (25-6-45) attack percentage, while leading all players with four total blocks. She also chipped in four digs and an ace in the victory.

Freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) also had a solid night from the attack line, blasting 16 kills to go along with her four digs and three total blocks.

Two-time reigning MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) continued her solid defensive play, racking up a match-high 32 digs. The effort raised her NCAA-leading digs-per-set average from 5.95 to 5.98.

Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) added 15 digs in the contest to go along with a season-best 52 assists for her team-leading fifth double-double of the year. Freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) also tallied double-digit digs for the Cardinals with 12.

Four Toledo attackers ended the night with double-digit kills, led by Becca Reidy's 13. Katie Westerfeld led the UT backcourt with 23 digs, while Amber DeWeerdt (12 kills and 18 digs) and Kassie Kadera (55 assists and 13 digs) each collected double-doubles for the Rockets.

As a team, the Cardinals finished the night with a .206 (67-26-199) attack percentage, while Toledo connected for a .236 (61-18-182) rate of success. UT also held a 91 to 86 advantage in digs. Ball State held the edge in aces (eight to six) and team blocks (five to three).

The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to action Saturday, when it travels to Buffalo for a 5 p.m. first serve versus the Bulls.