MAC Volleyball Weekly Release

Updated 8/30/2010

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, August 31
Kent State vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 PM
Western Michigan vs. IPFW, 7:00 PM
Northern Illinois vs. Bradley, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, September 1
Buffalo at Niagara, 7:00 PM

Friday, September 3
Bowling Green vs. Colorado State, 10:00 AM
Buffalo vs. Navy, 11:00 AM
Akron at Kansas, Noon
Ohio vs. North Carolina, Noon
Toledo at Alabama, 1:00 PM
Akron vs. Chattanooga, 5:00 PM
Northern Illinois vs. Kennesaw State, 6:00 PM
Toledo vs. UAB, 6:00 PM
Buffalo vs. Delaware State, 7:00 PM
Miami at Kentucky, 7:00 PM
Ball State vs. Tennessee State,7:30 PM
Bowling Green at Florida, 7:30 PM
Eastern Michigan at Bucknell, 7:30 PM
Kent State at Cincinnati, 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 4
Eastern Michigan vs. Iona, 10:00 AM
Kent State vs. Murray State, 10:00 AM
Akron vs. Arkansas, 11:00 AM
Ohio vs. Southeast Missouri State, 11:00 AM
Western Michigan at IUPUI, 11:30 AM
Toledo vs. Furman, Noon
Ball State vs. Robert Morris, 12:30 PM
Bowling Green vs. Albany, 1:00 PM
Miami vs. Ohio State, 1:00 PM
Northern Illinois vs. Memphis, 1:00 PM
Eastern Michigan vs. Providence, 3:00 PM
Western Michigan vs. Wright State, 4:30 PM
Buffalo vs. Central Connecticut State, 5:00 PM
Kent State vs. James Madison, 5:00 PM
Miami vs. South Florida, 5:30 PM
Ohio vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 PM
Ball State vs. Oakland, 7:30 PM
Northern Illinois at UIC, 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 5
Western Michigan vs. DePaul, 3:00 PM
Ohio at Missouri State, 4:00 PM


East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Sr., OH, Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy

Had a career-high 29 kills in the Bobcats' win over North Dakota State. Posted consecutive double-doubles with 29 kills and 12 digs in the win over NDSU and 23 kills with 10 digs in the match against Louisville.Was named to the Sheraton Riverside Classic All-Tournament Team. Helped Ohio start 2-1 against three teams that either won or shared their conference crown in 2009. Second on the team in digs with 27. Led the ‘Cats by scoring 68.5 points in the three matches and averaged 5.27 of Ohio's 16.15 points per set.


East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, So., L, Stow, Ohio/Stow

Sophomore Chelsea Harvey led UA on the defensive side of the ball at the West Virginia Classic. Nabbing 56 digs (6.22 D/S) with only one reception error, Harvey returned home with a .985 reception percentage. Registering 25 to open the season in Akron's 3-0 win against Youngstown State Harvey continued her defensive excellence against Howard defending 14 balls in UA's sweep. Despite a team loss against tournament host WVU, Harvey posted 17 digs in the backcourt. Harvey also added eight assists on the weekend.

West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Lauren Wicinski, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, Geneva, Ill./Geneva

In her first weekend of collegiate competition, freshman Lauren Wicinski led the team with 86.5 points (5.77/set), 63 kills (4.20/set), and a whopping 18 aces (1.20/set) as she helped the Huskies go 4-0 to win the NIU Invitational, earning an all-tournament selection. She also hit .274, with four assists, eight blocks, 34 digs (2.27/set), had only two errors in 55 reception attempts, and notched two double-doubles. In a sweep of Chicago State, she hit .500 with nine kills, six aces, and three blocks for 17.5 points. In a four-set win over Oakland, she had 17 kills, 14 digs, two aces, and one block for 19.5 points. In a sweep of South Dakota, she totaled 15 kills with a .345 attack percentage, five aces, and two blocks for 21.5 points. In a five-set win over 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifier College of Charleston, she tallied 22 kills, 15 digs, five aces, and two blocks for 28 points.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Katie Westerfeld, Toledo, Sr., L, Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon

Senior libero Katie Westerfeld played a key role in Toledo's win over No. 12 Michigan to help UT win the Rocket Classic for a second-straight year. Westerfeld was honored for her play by being the only libero named to the all-tournament team as she helped UT limit its opponents to a .118 attack percentage. Westerfeld averaged 5.42 digs in the tourney and registered 30 digs in Toledo's upset win over the Wolverines. She came up with several digs in key moments to help the Rockets rally from a 13-7 deficit in the fourth set and a 15-14 disadvantage in the fifth set. Prior to the UM match, Westerfeld tallied 19 digs in a 3-1 win over vs. Loyola (MD) and 16 digs in a 3-0 triumph over Binghamton.

East Division Team Notebooks

-- Akron went 2-1 to at the West Virginia Classic to open the 2010 season. Sweeping both Youngstown State and Howard, 5'9" junior Courtney Jarvis broke out to return home with a team-high 38 kills and 37 digs. Also seeing solid action were UA's newcomers with five seeing their first floor action including true freshman Alex Cocklin who opened up her collegiate career with a team-leading 13 kills against YSU. Akron will return to tournament action next weekend traveling to Lawrence, Kansas for the Jayhawk Classic.

-- Bowling Green went 1-2 at the season-opening MSU Showcase, hosted by Michigan State...Noelle Spitler was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting 29 kills and a .417 attack percentage in three matches...Spitler set a career high with 13 kills in a win over IUPUI, hitting .524 (13-2-21) in the match...Freshman Danielle Tonyan had 30 kills on the weekend, posting 12 in the win over IUPUI...Sam Fish had a double-double against IUPUI, handing out 29 assists and racking up 12 digs.

-- The Bulls played all six of their newcomers during this weekends tournament, starting four of them. Freshman Dana Musil had 11 kills and six service aces in UB's win over Howard. The six aces were the most by a UB player since 2008 and just two shy of the school record for aces in a three-set match. Of UB's top three leaders in kills following the opening weekend, two are freshmen. Dan Musil leads the way 28 kills, while Christine Fritsche is third on the squad with 25 kills.

-- Kent State took three of four matches in the Spartan Classic in Norfolk, Va. The Golden Flashes swept Providence College, 3-0, for their first season opening victory since 2007.

-- The match against Memphis was the 1,000 game Carolyn Condit coached during her career. Her career spans 31 seasons with four at Xavier and she has just begun her 27th at Miami. She is only the 10th volleyball coach in NCAA history to reach the 1,000 games coached mark while coaching exclusively at Division I schools. Here career record stands at 571-429.

-- The Bobcats went 2-1 against three teams that either won or shared their conference crown in 2009 ... Sue Jacobi set a career-high with 29 kills against North Dakota State as she and Michelle Jantsch (123 assists through three matches) were named to the Sheraton Riverside Classic All-Tournament Team ... Had 10 players record kills and six players notch 10 or more.

West Division Team Notebooks

-- The Steve Shondell era started off with a bang at Ball State, as the Cardinals played their way to a 3-0 record and the championship of the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic. During the two-day event, the Cardinals out-hit their opponents .277 (136-47-321) to .120 (83-48-292), while racking up 15.11 kills per set, compared to 9.22 for its opponents. BSU also held a 15.44 to 13.44 edge in digs per set. Ball State's freshman outside hitters played a large role in carrying the Cardinals to the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic title, combining for 67 kills and a .318 (67-19-151) attack percentage. Kylee Baker started the season with back-to-back 15 kill efforts, while posting a stellar .609 (15-1-23) attack percentage in the victory over The Citadel. Baker finished the tournament with a team-high 34 kills and a .391 (34-7-69) attack percentage, while adding 18 digs for a 2.00 digs-per-set average. Whitney Heeres turned in her top performance against Indiana State, racking up a BSU season-high 17 kills and a .353 (17-5-34) hitting mark versus the Sycamores. She also tallied seven kills versus The Citadel and nine against SIU-Edwardsville. Heeres finished her first weekend of collegiate play with 33 kills and a .256 (33-12-82) attack percentage.

-- The Chippewas travel to the Youngstown State Invitational this week, looking for their first win of 2010. CMU will face host Youngstown State, Howard and Niagara. Lauren Krupsky earned all-tournament honors at the Purdue Mortar Board Premier last weekend after piling up 29 kills in just 10 sets.

-- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team claimed the title of the 35th Annual Comfort Suites Invitational with a pair of victories Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28, at Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Sam Houston State University. The Eagles were the only undefeated team in the tournament after sweeping the host Bearkats (25-15, 32-30, 25-15) and Marist College (25-16, 25-20, 25-18) on the final day. The invitational title marks the first for EMU since 2008 when the squad took home the Bash in the Boro, Sept. 12-13, in Statesboro, Ga.. During that weekend the Green and White defeated Charleston Southern (3-1), UNC Wilmington (3-0) and Georgia Southern (3-2). Eastern Michigan improved to 4-0 on the young season and is perfect through four matches for the first-time since the 2005 campaign when the Green and White opened with a 5-0 mark. Eastern Michigan looks to equal its entire win-total from 2009 Friday-Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at the Bucknell Tournament in Lewisburg, Pa. EMU takes on the host Bison, Sept. 3, followed by matches against Iona, Sept. 4, and Providence, Sept. 4.

-- The Huskies won the NIU Invitational over the weekend, marking their first 4-0 start since 2003 ... For the fourth time under head coach Ray Gooden, the Huskies swept the NIU Invitational, improving to 30-11 in the tournament since 2002 ... The Huskies had three all-tournament selections in freshman Lauren Wicinski, sophomore Mary Kurisch, and senior Maddie Hughes ... Wicinski led the team with 86.5 points, 63 kills, and a whopping 18 aces ... Kurisch led the team with 10 blocks, ranked second with 50.5 points and 44 kills, and hit .446 ... Hughes anchored the defense with a team-best 66 digs and had just one reception error in 54 attempts ... As a team, the Huskies dropped just three of 15 sets while hitting .304 and holding opponents to a .167 attack percentage ... NIU also dominated in serve and receive by tallying 35 aces with just seven reception errors.

-- Toledo captured the Rocket Classic for a second straight season with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 12 Michigan in the championship match. Junior S Kassie Kadera earned Tournament MVP honors, with senior libero Katie Westerfeld and freshman OH Lauren Rafdal receiving spots on the all-tournament team. Freshman MB Dakota Harkins also enjoyed a strong tournament coming off the bench and leads UT with a .348 ATK% in addition to posting 1.83 kps and 1.00 bps. Head Coach Greg Smith registered his 100th career win as a collegiate head coach with UT's 3-0 win over Binghamton.

-- Junior setter Sam Viox was named to the all-tournament team at the Sports Imports Classic at Ohio State. Viox dished 11.14 assists per set to lead WMU to a .239 attack percentage and 92 kills. Viox spread the ball around to five different attackers that finished the tournament with double-figure kills. Senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle hit .313 with 26 kills and 33 digs. Doyle moved into fourth in WMU history with 1,250 career digs to pass Jillian Mitchell (2006-09) and Schea Fissel (2002-05). She had a double-double of 10 kills and 10 digs vs. Arizona State for the 36th of her career and tied Kathryn Babcock (2003-06) for second all-time at WMU.