MAC Volleyball Tournament First Round Results

Updated 11/17/2010
MAC Volleyball Tournament First Round Results
Eastern Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
Miami 3, Central Michigan 2
Toledo 3, Kent State 1
Buffalo 3, Akron 0

Eastern Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( - The No. 5 Eastern Michigan University volleyball team was successful in its first round matchup of the Mid-American Conference Tournament against No. 12 Bowling Green State University, ousting the Falcons 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 28-26) at the Convocation Center Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Freshman Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) had a stellar, double-double performance, boasting 13 kills and 15 digs for the Green and White. Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) led the Eagles with 14 kills, while Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) contributed 40 assists in the contest.

The Eagles set the tone early in the first set, taking a quick 3-0 advantage over the Falcons after kills by Iaquaniello and Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor). Bowling Green answered back with a kill from Paige Penrod, but EMU returned with three unanswered points to push ahead 6-1. The Falcons brought the score within four at 11-7, but Eastern Michigan maintained the lead throughout the rest of the set, closing it out, 25-20, with a kill by Iaquaniello.

Much like the first set, EMU jumped out to an early 13-3 lead after four straight serves by Mason resulted in EMU scores. The Falcons were unable to recover from the large deficit, finding themselves down by as much as 10 points. The Eagles captured the second set, 25-15.

The third set was a different story, as the teams exchanged the lead 15 times and tied the score on five different occasions in a true seesaw battle. Bowling Green was the first to strike, taking an early 3-1 lead over the Eagles. However, EMU quickly regained momentum after an Ianquaniello kill to knot the score at 5-5. The score continued to bounce back and forth, eventually landing at a 25-25 tie. The Green and White pulled ahead 26-25, but Bowling Green answered back with a kill by Penrod, but another kill by Ianquaniello and a Bowling Green attack error finalized the set and the match, giving Eastern the three set victory, 28-26.

Eastern Michigan will be back in quarterfinal round action Friday, Nov. 19, when the No. 5 Eagles take on the No. 4 Huskies of Northern Illinois at the SeaGate Centre in Toledo, Ohio. The match is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.

Miami 3, Central Michigan 2
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Down two sets to one, the 11th seeded Miami volleyball team did not give up as it took the final two sets to earn a 3-2 (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-13) victory over sixth seed Central Michigan in the first round of the MAC Tournament. Madison Hardy led Miami with a career high 29 digs. The RedHawks improve to 11-19 overall, while the Chippewas fall to 14-15.

Miami advance to the MAC Quarterfinals where they will take on third seed Western Michigan on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The remainder of the tournament will take place at the Seagate Center in Toledo, Ohio.

CMU took an early 8-4 lead to begin set one. Miami forced the Chippewas into four attack errors as the RedHawks scored the next five points to take the lead. After Central scored three of the next four points to go in front, 11-10, Miami rattled off the next 13 points in a row to take control of the set at 23-11. During that run Colleen Loftus had three kills, Michele Metzler had two kills and it was all finished by an Amy Kendall service ace. The Chippewas would answer with a 5-1 run, but an Amy Raseman kill off of a Kendall assist gave the RedHawks the 25-16 win. Miami outhit CMU, .269 to -.027 in the set.

A kill and a block from Lisa Treadway helped stake Miami to a 5-3 advantage in set two. A 10-4 run by CMU forced a RedHawk timeout at 13-9 in favor of the Chippewas. Kills from Metzler, Raseman and Cassie Farrell pulled Miami to within one at 13-14. With Central in front 20-18, the Chippewas would go on a 5-2 run to earn a 25-20 victory and even the match at one set apiece.

Tied at 10 in set three, an 11-4 run by CMU would give them control of the set at 21-14. Kills from Loftus and Jenn Caylor would help the RedHawks play the Chippewas even from there, but CMU would go onto to win the set, 25-18.

Two kills apiece from Raseman and Farrell helped put Miami in front 7-2 to begin set four. They continued to provide the offense as the RedHawks would hold steady on that lead. In front 15-12, a block and a kill from Metzler were part of a 4-2 run that gave Miami a 19-14 advantage. CMU would follow with a 6-4 run that pulled them to within three at 20-23, but a kill by Caylor and a Chippewa attack error would eventually give the RedHawks a 25-21 win.

The Chippewas pulled in front 3-1 to begin the fifth and final set. A service ace by Metzler along with two kills from Farrell were part of a 5-1 run that put the RedHawks in front, 6-4. CMU would score the next two points to knot the match at six. The teams traded side outs until the score was tied at nine. Raseman, Treadway and Metzler scored three consecutive kills for Miami to put it up, 12-9. The Chippewas did not give up as they scored the next four points to retake the lead at 13-12. The RedHawks fought right back with a kill by Loftus and a double block by Farrell and Loftus to set up match point and force a Chippewa timeout. After the break, Kendall set up a Loftus attack on the left side which CMU could not get to and Miami earned the 15-13 victory.

Raseman led Miami with 16 kills, while Loftus had 12. Treadway finished second on the team with 13 digs. Kendall led the RedHawks with 31 assists, while senior Michelle Mangia recorded her first career double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs. Miami hit .258 for the match, compared .234 for CMU.

Toledo 3, Kent State 1
TOLEDO, OH - Freshman OH Lauren Rafdal tallied a match-high 20 kills and a .348 ATK% on Tuesday evening to help No. 8 seed Toledo (12-16) post a 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 16-25, 25-21) triumph over No. 9 seed Kent State (13-19) in a MAC Tournament first-round contest in Savage Arena.

The victory moves the Rockets into a quarterfinal matchup with regular-season champion and No. 1 seed Ball State. UT will square off against the Cardinals on Friday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Seagate Center in downtown Toledo. The other quarterfinal matchups will have No. 4 Northern Illinois facing No. 5 Eastern Michigan at 11:00 a.m., No. 3 Western Michigan meeting No. 11 Miami at 1:30 p.m. and No. 2 Ohio taking on No. 10 Buffalo at 7:00 p.m.

Rafdal was joined in double figures by junior OH Amber DeWeerdt with 13 kills.

Senior libero Katie Westerfeld spearheaded the Rockets' defensive effort with 23 digs and was one of five Rockets to tally a double-digit dig total. Rafdal ranked second on the team with 14 digs and was followed by DeWeerdt (12), junior S Kassie Kadera (11) and freshman OH Jordan Kielty (11).

The Golden Flashes were led by junior MB Liva Brivule and sophomore OH Meredith Paskert with 11 kills apiece.

Toledo started out the match strong and never trailed in the opening set. A 6-1 spurt gave the Rockets a 10-4 advantage, and UT was in complete control until a late Golden Flash run brought the visitors to within 21-19. DeWeerdt closed out the set for the Rockets though with two of her team-high six kills.

UT"s momentum carried over to the second set as the Rockets posted an impressive .417 attack mark. Toledo broke a 10-10 deadlock with a 6-1 run to take control. Rafdal led UT in the set with eight kills and an amazing .727 ATK%.

Kent State wouldn't go away quietly though as the Golden Flashes took an early advantage in the third set that UT couldn't overcome. The key stretch came with UT trailing 8-7 and KSU broke away to take a 13-8 lead. The closest the Rockets were able to come the rest of the way was four points. Senior OH Lauren Jones topped KSU with five kills and a .455 ATK%.

The Golden Flashes appeared ready to send the match to a fifth set when they scored seven straight points to take a 13-8 lead that had the Rockets on the ropes. UT regrouped though with a lengthy scoring run of its own, stringing together nine consecutive points for a 17-13 advantage. KSU then fought back with a four-point spurt to even the set at 18-18. UT surged back for a 21-18 lead and was able to hold off the visitors the rest of the way with Rafdal ending the match with her 20th kill of the evening.

Buffalo 3, Akron 0
AKRON, OH - The University at Buffalo volleyball team swept Akron on Tuesday night in the first round of the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament, reaching the MAC Quarterfinals for the second straight season. UB took the contest 3-0 and will now face the second-seeded Ohio Bobcats Friday night in Toledo, OH.

The Bulls took the contest 27-25, 25-17, 25-23 as they hit .231 for the contest, opposed to Akron's .126. The win for the Bulls is their second straight over Akron at Rhodes Arena in the last five days. The win was also the 18th of the season for the Bulls, their most since the 1996 season.

The Zips took an early 12-7 lead in the first set, but the Bulls responded on a 6-0 run to take a 13-12 lead. Akron went on to regain a lead late in the first set, going up 23-20, just two points away from taking the set, but the Bulls made sure that would never happen. A kill from freshman Carissa McKenna and a service ace from Marisa Hornbaker pulled UB within one at 23-22. The Zips regained a two-point advantage at 24-22, but a kill from Kayla Govier and an Akron hitting error, tied the match at 24-24. The Zips would have another set point at 25-24, but UB tied things up on another Akron error, and after a bad set by Akron, UB went on to take the set 27-25 following a service ace from senior Lindsey Schlegel.

UB jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second set before Akron would go on an 11-6 run to take a 13-12 lead in the set. However, the Bulls went on a 9-0 run to take a 21-13 lead in the set and went on to win the second 25-17.

The Bulls got out to a 12-6 lead in the third set following back-to-back hitting errors from Akron. The Zips went on to tie the set at 15-15 and things continued to remain tied at 18-18 when UB responded with back-to-back kills from Dana Musil and Abby Niekamp. Following an Akron point, Niekamp responded with two more kills to go up 22-19. Niekamp would again convert with another kill to give UB the 23-20 advantage, but three straight Akron points tied things up at 23-23. UB responded with a kill from Hornbaker to go up 24-23 and UB would go on to clinch the match following an Akron hitting error.

"I am proud of this team and our senior class," said head coach Todd Kress. "Back-to-back trips for this senior class is a great accomplishment as they continue to leave their legacy. We faced adversity late in both the first and third sets, but we found a way to pull through on the road and that speaks to the maturity of this team."

Niekamp led the way with 15 kills, while Hornbaker had eight kills and just one error on the night. Musil had six kills, while Kristin Bignell had five. Schlegel had four kills and a match-high 31 assists. As a team, UB finished with five service aces, one each from Musil, Schlegel, McKenna, Hornbaker and junior Heather Pyle.

Defensively, freshman Kelly Svoboda finished with 21 digs, while Schlegel finished with eight and Hornbaker added five. Bignell had a match-high seven blocks, including two solo blocks. Niekamp and Govier each had two block assists.

UB now heads to Toledo, OH where the rest of the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament will be played. The Bulls meet up Ohio, who won the MAC East during the regular season. UB and Ohio split its two meetings this season. The match is set to begin at 7:00 pm.