MAC Volleyball Weekly Release

Updated 9/20/2010
Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, September 21
Eastern Michigan vs. Youngstown State 7:00 PM
Northern Illinois vs. DePaul 8:00 PM

Wednesday, September 22
Buffalo vs. Canisius 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 23
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan * 7:00 PM
Kent State at Ohio * 7:00 PM

Friday, September 24
Bowling Green at Akron * 7:00 PM
Miami at Buffalo * 7:00 PM
Toledo at Western Michigan * 7:00 PM
Ball State at Northern Illinois * 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 25
Bowling Green at Buffalo * 5:00 PM
Ball State at Western Michigan * 7:00 PM
Kent State at Eastern Michigan * 7:00 PM
Miami at Akron * 7:00 PM
Ohio at Central Michigan * 7:00 PM
Toledo at Northern Illinois * 8:00 PM



East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Courtney Jarvis, Akron, Jr., OH, Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele
Junior Courtney Jarvis once again led the Zips offensively leading UA in kills for every match in Akron's 3-0 sweep at the Colgate Invitational. Posting 53 on the weekend in 121 attempts to only nine errors, Jarvis totaled a .364 hitting percentage in the wins. Comparably as dominant defensively, Jarvis also posted 44 digs, laid down seven service aces and had two assists. By far, Jarvis' best game came against tournament host Colgate as she had a season-high 27 kills and 23 digs in the five set win.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Ashley Dunn, Bowling Green, Fr., L, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green

Ashley Dunn averaged 4.71 digs per set as Bowling Green went 3-2 on the week, including 3-1 at Pittsburgh's Blue and Gold Invitational over the weekend. Dunn had at least 16 digs in all five matches on the week, peaking with 26 in a four-set win over St. Francis (Pa.). She added 20 in a three-set win over Robert Morris.

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

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) registered a team-high 42 kills (4.67/set) to lead NIU to a 2-1 record over the week ... She tallied double-figure kills in all three matches and has done so in 13 straight ... She also led the team in points with 45.5 (5.06/set) ... Against Wisconsin, she put up 15 kills and a .294 attack percentage ... In a 3-0 win over Youngstown State, she notched 15 kills and a .310 attack percentage ... With 12 kills and an ace in a 3-0 win over Iowa, she led the Huskies to their first win over a Big Ten opponent since 2001.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Ashley Turnage, Western Michigan, Jr., MB, Schoolcraft, Mich./Lawton

Junior Ashley Turnage was named Most Valuable Player after leading Western Michigan to the Seton Hall Invitational championship. Turnage's defense was key as she averaged 1.70 blocks and 1.60 digs from her middle blocker position as the Broncos' limited their three opponents to a .139 attack percentage. Turnage started the tournament with a career-high eight block assists against Northeastern and then came back with a career-high nine digs and three more blocks against tournament host Seton Hall. She finished the tournament with six more blocks and five digs to hold UMBC to .083 attacking as WMU clinched the tournament title. Turnage was also on her game offensively as she started the tournament with a career-high 13 kills against Northeastern and hit .385. She increased her career high to 14 kills against Seton Hall and hit .367. Turnage also served three aces in the tournament.

West Division Team Notebooks

  • With her tournament-best 71 total digs last weekend, senior libero Alyssa Rio raised her career total to 1,682, to move past Sarah Obras' (2002-05) career total of 1,652 for second on Ball State's all-time digs list. She now only trails Stephanie Keller's (2001-04) career total of 2,273 in the BSU record books. Ball State's come-from-behind victory over Appalachian State was the Cardinals first when trailing by two sets since the end of the 2003 season, when Ball State earned a hard-fought 3-2 (23-30, 29-31, 30-21, 30-26, 18-16) win over No. 17 Louisville on its home court.
  • The Chippewas wrapped up the early portion of nonconference play at 6-6. CMU has one nonconference match remaining on Nov. 27, at Temple. Lauren Krupsky became the 13th player in Central Michigan history to reach the 1,000 career kill mark with 10 against Radford, reaching the milestone on the match's final point. Krupsky and Val DeWeerd earned all-tournament recognition at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview Invitational hosted by the College of Charleston. CMU opens up MAC play this weekend at Eastern Michigan and host Ohio in the season's home opener to end in a 13-game road trip.
  • YOUTH MOVEMENT: Head Coach Kim Berrington has relied heavily on underclassmen, with freshmen and sophomores accounting for 73.9 percent of the squad's kills, 63.6 percent of its blocks and 70.2 percent of its points. KEEP 'EM DOWN: Only eight teams have hit better than .100 against the Eagles this season and only three teams have hit better than .200. Eastern Michigan ranks second in the Mid-American Conference with an opponent hitting percentage of .125. Junior Ashley Mason leads the MAC with 11.24 assists per set and junior Haley Stein is third with 4.84 digs per set. Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello ranks second with 4.85 kills per set and third in kills at 4.16. HOME SWEET HOME: The Green and White have enjoyed the friendly confines of the EMU Convocation Center over the past nine seasons, posting a 64-34 mark in the "Nest," including two home victories last season.
  • The Huskies' school-record 11-0 start to the season came to an end against Wisconsin, 3-0, last Tuesday, but NIU recovered to sweep Youngstown State and Iowa over the weekend ... The win over the Hawkeyes was NIU's first over a Big Ten opponent since 2001 and marked head coach Ray Gooden's first victory over a foe from the conference ... The Huskies are now 7-1 at Victor E. Court in 2010 and 2-1 on their current season-long, seven-match home stand ... Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) registered a team-high 42 kills (4.67/set) in the three matches, while Senior libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) led the team with 33 digs (3.67/set).
  • Toledo opens Mid-American Conference play this weekend on the road at Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. The Rockets have never won on the Broncos' homecourt and are winless in their last four visits to DeKalb, IL. The Rockets finished their non-conference campaign with a 5-6 record. UT faced three Big Ten foes, defeating Michigan (11-1) and falling to Wisconsin (11-0) and Michigan State (8-3). A pair of freshman, Becca Reidy and Lauren Rafdal, led Toledo against the Spartans on Friday. Reidy posted a .467 ATK with eight kills and just one error in 15 attack attempts, while Rafdal hit at a .364 clip with 5-1-11 totals.
  • Senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle contributed 20 kills, 45 digs, 10 assists and nine blocks for the Broncos at Seton Hall. With her 20 kills, Doyle became the 18th Bronco to reach 1,000 career kills and finished the weekend with 1,012 markers. Doyle also moved into seventh in school history with 291 career block assists and she is only the 12th Bronco to surpass 300 career total blocks (305). Junior setter Sam Viox was named to her third all-tournament team of the season after leading Western Michigan with 11.70 assists and added 3.30 digs per set. Viox is 11th in school history with 1,572 career assists. The Broncos' tournament victory at Seton Hall was the second of the season (IUPUI) and the 11th in head coach Colleen Munson's six seasons as head coach.

East Division Team Notebooks

  • The Zips came out of the tournament portion of the season with a perfect 3-0 mark at the Colgate Invitational beating event host, Cornell and Connecticut. Continuing to prove to be one of the most consistent players in the league, UA junior Courtney Jarvis once again led UA offensively in each game to total 53 kills on the weekend. Posting only nine errors, Jarvis totaled a .364 hitting percentage in the wins. Comparably as dominant defensively, Jarvis also grabbed 44 digs. By far, Jarvis' best game came against tournament host Colgate as she had a season-high 27 kills and 23 digs in the five set win. Akron will open up conference season at home next weekend welcoming Bowling Green and Miami (OH) to James A. Rhodes Arena.
  • Bowling Green improved to 5-9 on the season by going 3-2 during the week, including a 3-1 record at Pittsburgh's Blue and Gold Invitational ... The Falcons came up just a hair shy of a perfect weekend record, losing to the host team of the tournament in five sets ... Freshman Paige Penrod was named to the all-tournament team and she had a career-high 20 kills against Pittsburgh as well as finishing with at least 11 kills in all five matches this week ... Freshman Ashley Dunn had 99 digs on the week, averaging 4.71 per set ... Sophomore Kari Galen had 17 blocks in just 14 sets played on the week, an average of 1.21 per set.
  • As a team, UB had a season-high 14 service aces against Bryant. Freshmen Christine Fritsche and Kelly Svoboda each had four, while Dani Reinert and Lindsey Schlegel each finished with two. Christine Fritsche and Kayla Govier were each named to the All-Tournament team at the West Point Challenge. Fritsche had a career-high 17 kills against Army, while Govier had a career-best 19 kills against Bryant.
  • The Golden Flashes (7-8) went 1-2 in their home tournament after losing to Duquesne, 3-1, Friday (Sept. 17) and splitting their Saturday matches with a 3-0 sweep of Louisiana Monroe and a 3-2 loss to Syracuse. Kent State begins Mid-American Conference play on the road next weekend, opening at defending champion Ohio next Thursday (Sept. 23) before traveling to Ypsilanti, Mich., Saturday (Sept. 25) to face Eastern Michigan.
  • Michele Metzler crossed the 800 kill mark for her career this weekend, she now has 815 kills. With 18 scheduled matches remaining this season, she would need to average 10.28 kills per match to become the 19th player in Miami history to reach 1,000 kills. That average can obviously be lowered with advancement in the MAC Tournament, creating more matches to be played. Lisa Treadway is the active career leader for Miami with 539 digs. Only a sophomore as long as she can stay healthy she is on pace to become the 12th player (third as libero) in Miami history to reach 1,000 digs.
  • Ohio took two of three matches at the TCU Nike Invitational this past weekend, sweeping UAB and UTSA but falling to the host Horned Frogs. Sue Jacobi and Faith Robins were both named to the all-tournament team after finishing first and second in kills for the Bobcats. Conference play opens this week with matches against Kent State and Central Michigan. Ohio is 106-6 in MAC play since 2002.