Friday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 11/13/2010
Friday's MAC Volleyball Results
Western Michigan 3, Central Michigan 0
Kent State 3, Bowling Green 0
Ohio 3, Miami 0
Northern Illinois 3, Eastern Michigan 0

Western Michigan 3, Central Michigan 0
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan volleyball team won its 19th straight home match, sweeping Central Michigan 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-23) in front of a season-best crowd of 1,722 fans at University Arena on Friday night.

Ashley Turnage turned in a career-best hitting performance with 11 kills on only 13 attacks for a .769 hitting percentage. Jessica Brown led the Bronco attack with 11 kills and a .450 hitting percentage, while Allyson Doyle had a solid game with a game-high 18 digs to go with six kills. Junior Sam Viox had a game-high 42 assists to go with six digs in the sweep.

Central Michigan managed to lead twice during the first 13 points of the first set, leading 3-1 and 5-2 before the Broncos went on a run to tie it up at 7-7. Western Michigan took a small lead at 10-8 but the Chippewas battled back to square it at 10-10. The teams traded points until the 14-14 mark when the Broncos went on an 11-4 run, including the final five points to close out the set 25-18. Brown had four kills and Turnage was a perfect 4-for-4 on attacks in the set with the Broncos as a whole hitting .414 for the set.

CMU jumped out to a 5-3 lead before the Broncos battled back to square it 5-5. WMU never looked back from there, going on a 5-1 run to extend its lead 10-6. CMU cut the lead to 10-7 but never got any closer than three points as the Broncos slowly extended its margin until the a block assist by Turnage and Doyle closed out the Chippewas 25-15. Turnage'shot hitting continued in the second set, going 4-for-5 in the second set. Brown and Ali Gossen also added three kills each. The Bronco defense held CMU to a .059 attack percentage in the set.

The two teams went back and fourth at the start of the third set until the 8-8 mark when the Broncos began their run. Western Michigan's 9-3 run extended their lead to 17-11 but the Chippewas were able to cut the lead to three at 22-19 and then brought it to one at 23-22. The Broncos took a 24-22 lead after a CMU ball-handling error but the Chippewas were able to cut back to one at 24-23 but a kill by the senior Doyle cut down Central Michigan 25-23.

The Broncos look to make it 20 straight home games on Saturday night when they host conference rival Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m.

Kent State 3, Bowling Green 0
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State volleyball team fired on all cylinders to earn a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) sweep over Bowling Green today (Nov. 11) in a Mid-American Conference East Division match at the M.A.C. Center.

The Kent State (12-18, 5-10 MAC) victory marked the program's first season series sweep of the Falcons (8-22, 2-13 MAC) since 1997 and ran the Golden Flashes' winning streak to two.

The Golden Flashes combined to post a .352 attack percentage and used a balance offense and a tough defense to clip Bowling Green. Senior Lauren Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) and sophomore Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) each tallied eight kills to lead the squad. Senior Celia Sabo (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Kathy Krupa (Burbank, Ill.) posted seven and six kills, respectively. Freshman Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) totaled 36 set assists. Krupa and Sabo led the charge on defense with three blocks apiece while Jones compiled nine digs.

The Flashes and Falcons traded points to begin the first set, as two kills apiece by Krupa and junior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) helped Kent State keep the score even at 10-all. Bowling Green rattled off three straight points to take the lead and force the Flashes to talk things over. The Flashes fired back by using a 7-2 run highlighted by two kills by junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) and a double block by Krupa and Brivule to take a 17-15 lead. The Falcons cut their deficit to one at 19-18, but a kill by Jones and two straight Bowling Green attack errors extended the Kent State advantage to 22-18. A kill by Paskert and two more by Sabo sealed the set win for the Golden Flashes.

Bowling Green came out on the attack in the second set, opening with a 12-7 lead that forced a Kent State timeout. The Flashes did not quit, though, using kills by Sabo, Paskert and redshirt freshman Jessica Ronyak (Burton, Ohio) to cut their deficit to two at 14-12. Two Bowling Green attack errors and a service ace by Ronyak knotted the score up at 15-all, and a double block by Jones and Krupa and a kill by Nowak gave Kent State its first lead of the set at 17-15. Kills by Jones and Paskert and two errors by the Falcons put the Flashes up by four at 21-17 and forced a Bowling Green timeout. Kent State took the 2-0 match lead courtesy of kills by Paskert and Ronyak and a double block by Ronyak and Sabo.

The two teams continued to refuse to give each other a comfortable lead in the third set. Two kills by Paskert, two service aces by Sabo, a double block by Ronyak and Sabo and a solo block by Nowak allowed the Flashes to stay step-for-step with the Falcons at 13-all. The Golden Flashes broke through for the lead thanks to two kills by Krupa, a service ace by Ronyak, and a double block by Paskert and Nowak. Bowling Green called a timeout trailing 19-17 and rallied after talking things over to square the set score at 23-all. The Golden Flashes did not allow the Falcons to get any closer, finishing off a set in which they hit .440 as a unit with kills by Jones and Paskert to complete the match and season sweep.

The Golden Flashes close out the 2010 regular season Saturday (Nov. 13) by battling MAC East foe Miami at 7 p.m. at the M.A.C. Center. Kent State will be looking to improve its seeding in the conference tournament which gets underway with first round action from campus sites next Tuesday (Nov. 16). Saturday's match against the RedHawks will serve as the program's senior night, as Kent State honors the contributions of Brivule, Sabo, Jones, Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Brianne Wille (Metamora, Ill.)

 Ohio 3, Miami 0
Ohio Volleyball clinched the MAC East Division title on Dig Pink Night in The Convo. The victory also locked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament as three Bobcats recorded double-digit kills during the 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-17, 26-24).

Sue Jacobi led Ohio with 13 kills and Katie Post chipped in with 12 (.526 hitting percentage) while Lexie Hartnett had 11 (.444 hitting percentage). Jacobi has only fallen short of 10 digs in a match once this season while Post has now put together a string of four-consecutive matches of double-digit kills. Not to be outdone, it was a career-best night for Hartnett in kills and she tied for the team-high with three blocks.

Michelle Jantsch had another solid evening with 33 assists and also surpassed 900 digs for her career. Meryl Bender led the team in digs with 10 while Kelly Colyar added nine digs and two of Ohio's seven aces.

The win avenged an early-season loss at Miami for the Bobcats and gave them back-to-back home wins in front of the largest Convo crowd this season, 3,285. More importantly, it clinched another winning season in the Roundhouse on Richland and earned Ohio a ninth-straight winning season in the Mid-American Conference.

Ohio knew what it was playing for when it took the floor this evening and pounced on Miami by scoring the first seven points (five kills) of the match. However, Miami responded with a 15-4 run and was helped by four-consecutive Bobcat errors to take a 15-11 lead. Ohio would score the next five points to retake the lead 16-15. The run was bookended by kills from Nichols and Jacobi.

Another kill by Nichols created the final lead change of the set at 19-18 Ohio. Now leading 22-20, a Jantsch ace was sandwiched by kills from Hartnett as the Bobcats won the set 25-20 for a 1-0 lead in the match. Jacobi, Post and Hartnett finished with set with four kills apiece and as a team the 'Cats hit a match-best .414

Jantsch, Jacobi and Post rattled off consecutive kills to break an early deadlock in the second set and give Ohio a 6-3 lead. Now up 8-6, two kills by Hartnett, a Jacobi ace and a Miami attack error helped the 'Cats double up the visitors at 12-6.

Jacobi's fifth kill of the set gave the Green & White its largest lead at 23-13 and after Miami pulled a few points back, a service error doomed the RedHawks and Ohio had itself a 2-0 lead in the match after a 25-17 second-set win.

After the break, Ohio faced their most difficult challenge of the match, falling behind 20-13 in the third set. Kills by Hartnett and Ashley Jordan got things going and an ace from Jantsch got the 'Cats within striking distance at 20-17.

Prospects remained bleak with the scoreline 23-19 in favor of Miami but kills from Post and Nichols and an attack error by the RedHawks forced a timeout. Still trailing by one at 23-22, the rally continued as a kill by Post would eventually even things for the first time since 8-8. In fitting fashion, the seventh-best blocking team in the country would win the match with consecutive solo denials from Jacobi and Hartnett.

The solo block by Jacobi moved her into third place during the rally-scoring era with 73 for her career and she also went over 1,300 career points in the set. Post had her best set of the night with six kills while Hartnett added four more.

Tonight's Dig Pink Night helped Ohio raise over $3,000 for the Side Out Foundation in its fight against breast cancer. In three years under Head Coach Ryan Theis, the Bobcats have raised almost $9,000 for this great cause.

The last time Ohio was a No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament was in 2008. That season, the 'Cats went on to beat Western Michigan for the conference's crown.

The 'Cats return to the court tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. as they close the MAC regular season with a match against Bowling Green. After the contest, Ohio will recognize its four senior student-athletes, Bender, Jacobi, Jantsch and Nichols.