Saturday's Volleyball Results

Updated 8/27/2011
Saturday's Volleyball Results
Troy def. Akron, 3-0
Ohio def. Maryland, 3-2
Colgate def. Buffalo 3-1
Marquette def. Central Michigan, 3-0
Central Michigan def. Saint Louis, 3-0
Eastern Michigan def. Butler, 3-2
Miami def. Indiana State, 3-0
Miami def. Chicago State, 3-0
No. 18 Iowa State def. Northern Illinois, 3-1
Toledo def. Niagara, 3-0
Western Michigan def. Western Carolina, 3-0
Western Illinois def. Kent State, 3-2
Kent State def. Arkansas-Pine Buff, 3-0
Western Michigan def. South Carolina Upstate, 3-0


Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Troy def. Akron, 3-0
AKRON, Ohio – In the final match of the UAB/Samford Invitational, The University of Akron volleyball team fell to Troy 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23). The Zips fall to 0-3 after their opening weekend of play. Senior Courtney Jarvis led Akron with 11 kills and also added 10 digs. Freshman Kymblerle Gordon had another solid outing, notching seven kills and finishing with a .250 hitting percentage.
 
Both the first and third sets were tight battles, including a comeback in the third by the Zips, but again Akron was unable to break through and claim a set. Troy finished the match with a .222 hitting percentage and 7.0 team blocks, while Akron hit .123 and notched 4.0 team blocks. 
 
In the first set, Akron came out ready to play, scoring the first four points. The Zips struck first with an ace by Morgan Kuhn. They followed with a kill from the middle of the floor by Jarvis. Senior Tina Dimitrijevs added a pair of strikes to help UA to a 5-2 lead. The Trojans came back to even the score at 5-5 and then took three more consecutive points to gain an 8-5 advantage, forcing Akron to use a timeout.
 
Back-to-back kills by Alex Wiederholt and Jarvis brought Akron back to within two. A pair of kills by Gordon made it 11-10 in favor of Troy. A thundering kill by Dimitrijevs earned the sideout with Akron trailing 13-12, and Jarvis reclaimed the lead with two kills in a row from the left side. 
 
Down 15-14, Troy tied it up again and took the lead on the next point. A string of errors put Troy ahead 18-15 as UA used another timeout. Out of the break, Wiederholt nailed a kill down the left sideline, but Troy answered on the next point to make to 19-16. 
 
With a block at the net, Troy took a 21-17 lead late into the set. A Trojan error gave the Zips the serve, but UA could not string points together. Freshman Mary Delich earned a kill from the right side to make it 22-19, and Jarvis followed with a smash from the left to pull Akron within two and force Troy to call timeout.
 
With Troy ahead 23-20, Gordon got another kill, but Troy came back and scored the next point to earn set point. Jarvis kept it alive for one more point, but the Trojans then put the set away, winning 25-22.
 
Troy opened the second set with two aces, but Akron got on the board on the next point after good defense by Chelsea Harvey. After trailing 5-1 early, the Zips scored on a pair of kills to make it 5-3. 
 
The Trojans kept it coming, though, extending their lead to 9-4 early in the set. Despite Akron’s efforts, Troy claimed the next two points after long rallies to lead 11-4. Jarvis tipped a deep kill to the endline to help UA gain some momentum, and the Zips made it 11-6. 
 
Alex Cocklin notched her first kill and Dimitrijevs followed with one of her own to make it 13-9. From the right, Delich hammered one home and a pair of Troy errors brought Akron to within two at 14-12.
 
The Zips got as close as 15-14, but Troy then surged ahead, winning the next seven points and taking a 22-14 advantage. The Zips finally ended the run with a kill but again could not win consecutive points. Gordon slammed an attack that made it 23-16, and Cocklin immediately added another to the board, but Troy captured the set on the next two points to win 25-17.
 
In the third set, Troy took an early 4-1 lead. A kill by Wiederholt added a point for Akron, as the Zips were able to make it 5-4, Troy. A kill by setter Jill Paluch tied it up on the next point, and Ua took its first lead on the serve of Wiederholt. With Akron leading 7-5, the Trojans countered with the next three points to regain the lead at 8-7.
 
Gordon chipped in a solo block to again even the score, and Cocklin dished out a kill on the next point to make it 9-8 in favor of the Zips. Neither team was able to make a run as both sides continued to trade points. 
 
Troy then began to pull away with a 14-10 lead, but another kill from Cocklin stopped the Trojan streak momentarily. With Akron trailing 16-12, Gordon hit a monster kill from the left side, but Troy took the next four points to widen the gap. After a solo block by Troy, Akron trailed 21-15 until Jarvis recorded a deep kill. Cocklin and Dimitrijevs then combined for a block, and a Jarvis ace pulled the Zips to within three, forcing Troy to call a timeout.
 
Out of the break, Akron’s serve went long to make it 22-18, Troy. The Zips took the next three points to be down just 22-21. Jarvis landed one in the far corner two points later as the score stood 23-22. After a long rally, a Dimitrijevs attack fell just short to give Troy match point.  Wiederholt answered with a kill to make it 24-23. On the final point, an Akron block attempt went long and Troy claimed the set, 25-23.

Akron will be back in action on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Cleveland State at 7 p.m. ET.


Ohio def. Maryland, 3-2
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Ohio Volleyball captured its first win of the season and evened its record at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee with a five-set win over Maryland, 25-22, 25-23, 16-25, 21-25, 15-7.

All-MAC preseason selections Katie Post had 15 kills, six blocks and hit .520 while Lexie Hartnett finished with a career-high 13 kills and nine blocks. Kelly Lamberti had another solid outing with her second double-double, registering 16 kills, 11 digs, five blocks and two aces. Bailey Karst led the `Cats with 36 assists and Nicole Staverman, along with Mollie Geske, recorded 18 and 13 digs, respectively. The Bobcats finished with 17.0 total team blocks.

Ohio came out aggressively with four of the first five points in the final set and never trailed. Maryland closed to 9-7 but the Bobcats did not want a repeat of last night, as they scored the final six points. Lamberti and Post got Ohio to the brink of victory before Geske's ace, the team's sixth of the match, ended things. Post would be a part of four blocks in the final set and finished with five of the team's 15 points.

The Bobcats hit .538 in the final set, while Maryland had its first negative attacking percentage of the day. With the win, Ohio improved to 12-6 against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference and 4-1 against Maryland.

Ohio trailed by as many as four in the first set, falling behind 18-14, but blocks by Hartnett, Robins and Lamberti helped it come back and even things at 18. The Bobcats found themselves in a hole yet again at 22-20, but Post stepped up with two kills and assisted on a block to help erase the deficit. Her second kill sealed the first- set win as Ohio scored the final five points to take the lead in the match.

Post finished with six kills in the set and Hartnett recorded four blocks. Overall, Ohio totaled five team blocks and had a match-high 15 kills while forcing 10 Maryland errors en route to the early lead.

Ohio quickly fell behind 4-0 in the second set but drew even after getting its first ace of the season from Staverman. The biggest lead for the Green & White came at 20-15 but after a Maryland timeout, the Terps cut the Bobcat lead to 22-21. Kills by Lamberti and Hartnett were able to finish things off for the Bobcats as they took a 2-0 lead with a 25-23 win.

After the intermission, Maryland even things with wins in successive sets. In the third set, Lamberti notched five kills and had her best offensive showing of the match, but UM piled up 17 kills and hit .382 to earn a convincing 25-16 win.

In the fourth set, Oho struggled and only managed to hit .089 as Ashleigh Crutcher rattled off five kills and the Terps evened the match with a 25-21 win. Ohio had led 14-13 before its opponents rattled off none of the next 10 points for a commanding 22-15 advantage.

For the match, five Maryland players finished with 10 points or more as Caitlin Adams led the way with 13 kills. Remy McBain notched a triple-double with 10 kills, 11 digs and 38 assists for the Terrapins.


Bowling Green, Ohio - By virtue of a 2-0 record and sweep of both matches, the Bowling Green State University volleyball team was named the champions of the Kristen Dickmann Invitational at Navy over the weekend. Danielle Tonyan earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors and Emily Kauth was named to the all-tournament team.
 
Bowling Green and St. John's both went 2-0 in the hurricane-shortened event, but the Falcons won both matches in straight sets while St. John's needed four sets to beat Iona, giving the Orange and Brown the championship.
 
Tonyan, a sophomore right side hitter, received her first career all-tournament honor and was named MVP. She had 16 kills and a .536 attack percentage in the team's three-set sweep of Air Force, adding three blocks. She followed that up with a team-high 11 kills and totaled three aces and two blocks in a sweep of host Navy. In all, she averaged 4.50 kills per set and hit .418.
 
Kauth, a senior middle, also earned her first all-tournament honor by posting a team-high nine blocks in two matches. She was also perfect on 13 serve-receive attempts, had nine kills, and attacked at a .400 clip. In the win over Air Force, she had three kills and five blocks before posting six kills and four blocks in the win over Navy.


Colgate def. Buffalo 3-1
HAMILTON, NY – The University at Buffalo volleyball team finished its opening weekend at the Colgate Classic with a 3-1 loss to the host Raiders, ending a weekend that saw the Bulls go 2-1.  Despite hitting .450 in the second set, UB hit just .140 for the match.
 
The Raiders took the match 25-21, 8-25, 25-22, 25-20 despite the Bulls winning nearly every statistical category, including hitting percentage.              
 
Despite a strong start from senior Abby Niekamp, the Bulls dropped the opening set to Colgate for the second straight day.  Niekamp had five kills and two aces in the set despite the Bulls hitting just .081 as a team.
 
The Bulls came out as a completely different team in the second set, hitting .450 to take the set 25-8.  Freshman Liz Scott had four kills in the set, while freshman Kayla Nagle came on to record three straight service aces.
 
Colgate regained the lead in the third with a 25-22 victory as the Bulls were unable to hold on to an early advantage in the set. After an outstanding hitting percentage in the second set, the Bulls hit just .114 in the third.
 
The fourth set was another that went back and forth, but the Raiders held on to the lead late, recording their highest hitting percentage of the match, taking the set 25-20.
 
The Bulls were led by Scott, who had 11 kills and just two errors on 31 swings.  Sophomore Dana Musil added nine kills, while Niekamp had seven.  Sophomore Christine Fritsche added six kills, while Carissa McKenna added four.  Sophomore Dani Reinert had a match-high 32 assists.  Niekamp also added a match-high four service aces and eight total blocks. 
 
As a team the Bulls had 15 total blocks with Scott adding and McKenna adding six, including two solos.  Musil finished with 19 digs, while sophomore Kelly Svoboda added 17.
 
Lindsay Young led the way for Colgate with 13 kills, the only Raider to reach double figures.  Defensively they had three different players in double figures in digs.
 
The Bulls will be back in action next weekend as they head to Bloomington, IN for three matches.  The Bulls will face Youngstown State on Friday at 5:00 pm.


Marquette def. Central Michigan, 3-0
Central Michigan def. Saint Louis, 3-0

IOWA CITY, Iowa - On Saturday the Central Michigan volleyball team recorded its first win on the season against Saint Louis, after falling 3-0 to Marquette in the early match. The win against the Billikens also gave head coach Erik Olson his 100 career victory as a Chippewa.

Saint Louis was ranked 56th on the RPI chart, which is Olson's highest non-conference RPI win. 

"We were capable of winning this whole tournament," Olson said. "We had to find our mojo and put it all together. We finally found the right group of people to put on the court at the same time and have everyone doing their part. We rested Jocelyn VerVelde today and Val Deweerd did a great job stepping up for us on the right side." 

After falling to Marquette the Chippewas came out aggressive against Saint Louis. CMU fell behind early 10-3 but battled back behind Kaitlyn McIntyre who had three straight kills to cut the lead to 15-13. The Chippewas went on a four-point run to gain a 20-17 lead, after a kill by Lindsey Dulude. They would hold that lead with kills from Danielle Gotham and Dulude to seal set one 25-21.

Similar to the first set, the Chippewas again fell behind early trailing 6-2. Both teams traded points until three straight scores from Deweerd, McIntyre and Dulude put CMU up 20-19. It was a team effort to finish the set with four different Maroon and Gold players scoring the final five points to hand CMU a 25-21 win.

The third and final set began with both teams trading points. With the score at 14-11 in favor of the Chippewas, McIntyre led the team on a 10-0 run with four kills. Haillie Enderle would hammer home the final game point awarding CMU their first win on the season, 25-12.

Offensively, McIntyre had 12 kills with Dulude adding 10 to lead the Chippewas. Kelly Maxwell led the team with 33 assists while chipping in with 12 digs. 

"McIntyre has a rough night on Friday, but did so in a good way," said Olson. "She was super aggressive against Iowa. Once we calmed her down, she hit the ball much better. Her passing this afternoon was very well and once she settled in to her jump serve we were getting points off it consistently." 

Saint Louis had two players with five kills in Andrea Beaty and Alyssa Deno. 

In the first match against Marquette the Chippewas fell by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-11. McIntyre again led the team in hitting with 11 kills. The Golden Eagles had 12 kills come from Ashley Beyer and 11 from Courtney Mrotek. 

Gotham was awarded All-Tournament team. On Friday she had nine block assists and eight kills. In Saturday's matches she had three block assists to go along with her eight kills. This is the first tournament award earned by Gotham. 

The Chippewas will travel to Rochester Hills this weekend to compete in the Oakland tournament. 


Eastern Michigan def. Butler, 3-2
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's volleyball team was able to tame the Bulldogs of Butler University on Saturday afternoon and won 3-2 in their second match at the Shamrock Invitational. The Eagles took the opening frame 25-23, but dropped the next two by scores of 17-25 and 11-25. The Green and White return-fired with a 25-23 win in the fourth frame, forcing the match to a fifth set. The Eagles were able to take the final set by a score of 17-15 to pick up their first victory of the young 2011 campaign.
 
Eastern Michigan moved to 1-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-2 after falling in the final set of action.
 
Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) led the Eagles with a double-double including 23 kills and 17 digs. Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) set-up the offense nicely all match and totaled a team high 50 assists. Defensively the Eagles had five athletes with double-digit digs, including Haley Stein (Carleton, Mich.-Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central) who led EMU with 24. Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) helped out at the net adding 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) had three service aces and four total blocks in the Eagles winning effort. Baker also added seven kills for EMU.
 
Iaquaniello led EMU in the first set with seven kills and a .417 attack percentage. Mason was able to serve up 12 assists in the opening frame, helping the Eagles to an early one-set lead. 

Iaquaniello continued her strong net play by banging home another six kills in the second set, while Mason added 11 assists despite the Bulldogs tying the score at one-set a piece. 

The third set was a struggle for the Eagles as they dropped it 11-25. Mason added seven assists to her total, as well as, a kill in the third set. Maureen Bamiro hurt the Eagles at the net, slamming home six kills in the third set. Maggie Harbison helped out defensively with four blocks in the third frame.
 
The Eagles rebounded in the fourth set taking it 25-23. Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) came up big in the fourth frame with four kills and a block for the final point of the set. Mason had a block and added 10 assists in the fourth set.
 
Iaquaniello came up big in the final set picking up six kills while Mason added 11 to her set total in the final frame. The Eagles took the final set 17-15 t pick up their first win of the season.
 
The Eagles finish out their schedule at the Shamrock Invitational on Sunday when they square off with the Vandals of Idaho University (1-0). The match is set for 11 a.m. at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind.


Miami def. Indiana State, 3-0
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Overcoming a two-set deficit, the Miami University volleyball team remained undefeated at the Quality Inn/ASICS Classic Saturday with a thrilling 3-2 (12-25, 15-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-11) victory over the host Indiana State Sycamores. Miami improves to 3-0 on the year, while ISU falls to 2-1. Jenn Caylor led the RedHawks with a double-double, recording 13 kills and a career-high 19 digs.
 
It was an early struggle in set one as the RedHawks fell behind, 4-15. Lisa Treadway, Caylor and Cassie Farrell answered with kills as Miami played the Sycamores even for a few points, but with the score 19-8, a 6-4 run by Indiana State gave it the win at 25-12.
 
Set two started out the same way as the RedHawks fell behind, 1-8. With the score 15-6 in favor of the Sycamores, two kills by Chelsea Visk started a Miami rally. An 8-3 run by the RedHawks that featured kills from Caylor, Farrell and Madison Hardy, as well as a service ace by Amy Kendall pulled Miami within four at 14-18. That would be as close as the RedHawks would get as Indiana went on a 7-1 run to close out a 25-15 victory.
 
It was a much different story in set three as Miami captured the first two points. With the score tied at four, a kill by Amy Raseman sparked a 5-0 run that put the RedHawks in control. In front 12-8, a block by Raseman and Farrell, along with kills by Raseman and Christina Menche off Kendall assists helped give Miami a 16-8 advantage. Leading 19-14, the RedHawks closed out the set on a 6-1 run, earning the 25-15 victory on a block by Farrell and Kendall.


In front 6-4 in set four, two kills from Farrell, along with kills from Menche, Caylor and Visk sparked a 10-4 run that put the RedHawks in front, 16-8. The Sycamores responded with three straight points to pull within five, but Caylor and Visk continued to put down kills to make sure they would not get any closer. With the score 22-16, Menche and Raseman scored back-to-back kills to create set point. Indiana State fought off two of them, but Raseman found the bottom of the floor of a perfect Kendall assist to give Miami a 25-18 win and send the match to a fifth and deciding set.
 
Treadway scored the first two points of set five to give the Red and White a 2-0 lead. Tied at three, a kill by Raseman sparked Miami to take the next five points and go in front, 8-3. The Sycamores did not give up and went on a 4-0 run of their own to pull within one at 7-8. The teams traded the next four points until it was 10-9 in favor of Miami. A Sycamore attack error and a kill by Farrell put the RedHawks back in control at 12-9. In front 13-11, ISU made a setting error to give Miami match point. The RedHawks converted on the very next point as Caylor put down the final kill to give the Red and White a 15-11 win.
 
In addition to Caylor’s 13 kills, Farrell and Menche recorded nine kills apiece. Hardy had 15 digs, while Raseman recorded three service aces. Kendall led Miami with 38 assists.
 
The RedHawks will look to earn the Quality Inn/ASICS Tournament Championship when they complete play later Saturday against Chicago State at 5 p.m.


Miami def. Chicago State, 3-0
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Miami captured the Quality Inn/ASICS Tournament Championship Saturday with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-17) victory over Chicago State Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks kept their perfect record alive at 4-0, the first time they have won their first four games since the 1999 season. The Cougars fall to 0-4. Christina Menche led Miami with 10 kills.
 
Madison Hardy was named the Tournament MVP, she finished the event with 68 digs, an average of 4.86 per set. Cassie Farrell and Jenn Caylor were named to the All-Tournament team, Caylor tied for the team lead with 30 kills over the weekend, while Farrell was right behind with 29.
 
Tied at four in the opening set, a kill by Chelsea Visk and a service ace by Lisa Treadway were part of a 12-2 run that blew the set open. During the run, Amy Kendall had a service ace, while Menche had two kills. In front 19-8, kills by Meg Riley, Farrell and Hardy helped create set point at 24-11. After a Chicago State kill, Kayleigh Cox scored the set-winning kill off of Kendall’s assist to give the RedHawks a 25-12 victory.
 
Chicago State opened an 8-5 lead early in the second set. Two kills by Kayleigh Cox along with kills from Menche and Visk were part of a 5-2 run that tied the set at 10. With the score tied at 13, Treadway took over. She put down three kills as the RedHawks went in front by five at 20-15. The Cougars made one final 4-0 run to pull within one, but three kills from Menche and two kills from Farrell closed out the set and gave Miami a 25-19 win.
 
The RedHawks took the first six points of set three. Madison Dodd had two kills during that run. After a 5-2 Cougar run pulled them to within three at 5-8, three straight kills by Riley, Visk and Dodd put Miami back in control. Dodd continued to go on the attack as two more kills helped put the RedHawks in front 21-11. Chicago State would go on a 6-1 run to pull within five at 17-22, but two kills by Caylor and a service ace by Dodd finished off the match with a 25-17 win.
 
In addition to Menche’s 10 kills, Visk had a career-high nine. Hardy led the way with 19 digs, while Kendall had 28 assists. Miami hit .359 for the match and held the Cougars to a .120 hitting percentage.
 
The RedHawks return to action next weekend when the participate in the University of Pittsburgh Invitational Sept. 9-10. On Friday, Sept. 9, Miami will open with four-time defending national champion and top ranked Penn State at 11 a.m. It will then take on New Hampshire at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the RedHawks will face the host Pittsburgh Panthers at noon.


No. 18 Iowa State def. Northern Illinois, 3-1
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's volleyball team was dealt its first loss of the 2011 season as No. 18 Iowa State claimed a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon at Victor E. Court. The Cyclones (3-0) racked up a 67-49 kills advantage and a 75-59 digs discrepancy to deny the Huskies (2-1) of an upset.
 
NIU began the match with an impressive first set. Despite ISU holding advantages in kills and digs, the Huskies hit .371 and capitalized on 10 Cyclone errors to win 25-21. However, the Huskies were unable to muster enough steady firepower to grab another set.
 
"I thought our team came out with a lot of energy and put a lot of pressure on Iowa State," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "I give credit to the Cyclones. They played really well. It's great to have a team like that at our tournament. It teaches us that in order to be one of the top teams in the country, we have to be consistent for a long period of time."
 
With the score tied 13-13 in the second set, ISU used a 12-4 run to win 25-17 as six Huskie miscues helped tie the match before the break.
 
In the third set, ISU broke a 5-5 tie with 8-4 spurt to take a 13-9 lead behind four more NIU errors. After a Huskie timeout, the Cyclones scored on another NIU error and received a kill from Jamie Straube to give ISU a six-point cushion that was enough to cruise to a 25-18 win.
 
NIU came out strong in the fourth set by grabbing a 10-6 lead after an ISU setting error by Kristen Hahn. But consecutive kills by ISU's Carly Jenson during a 5-1 run helped the Cyclones tie the score 11-11. From there, the teams battled back and forth until an ISU combo block by Straube and Taylor Knuth and a Lauren Wicinski attack error gave the Cyclones a 20-18 lead. Following an NIU timeout, Mary Kurisch emphatically bounced a ball to bring the Huskies within one point, but NIU would only score twice more as ISU closed the match out 25-21 on another Jenson.
 
Three Huskies reached double figures in digs, led by Wicinski's 15. Kurisch and Allison McGlaughlin each added 10. Freshman MacKenzie Roddy was impressive in her first appearance as she totaled four kills on nine swings with no errors. Kristin Hoffman notched 46 assists and a kill while running the offense.
 
"We had good output from our pin hitters again," Gooden said. "MacKenzie Roddy came in and played really well."
 
Defensively, McGlaughlin led NIU with 14 digs, while Wicinski had 13 for her third straight double-double to begin the season.
 
The Huskies return to the court tonight at 7 p.m. CT to take on No. 14 Northern Iowa (2-0). The match will have live stats available on NIUHuskies.com via GameTracker and will have a live video stream through Huskie All-Access.


Toledo def. Niagara, 3-0
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo continued its strong start to the season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-18) sweep of Niagara on Saturday morning in the first match of the day at the Blue-Gold Invitational.

Sophomores Jordan Kielty and Becca Reidy topped a balanced Rockets' offense with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. UT notched a .346 team attack percentage with Kielty (.500 ATK%), junior MB Bethany Irwin (9 kills, .421 ATK%), Reidy (.381 ATK%) and junior MB Bailey Blank (5 kills, .625 ATK%) each hitting above .300.

The Rockets' offense performed consistently throughout the contest, hitting .406 in Set 1, .295 in Set 2 and .357 in Set 3. Senior S Kassie Kadera spread the ball out to the UT hitters and finished with a game-high 39 assists.

Junior libero McCall Paynter (13 digs), Kadera (13 digs) and Kielty (11 digs) each posted double-digit dig totals to help the Rockets hold a resounding 53-37 advantage in that department.

Senior OH Hannah Hedrick led Niagara offensively with 15 kills and a .323 attack percentage.

Toledo will return to action at 7:00 p.m. this evening against Oakland in the Blue-Gold Invitational's championship match. The Golden Grizzlies recorded a 3-1 (25-9, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19) triumph over Wright State in their first match of the day.


Western Michigan def. Western Carolina, 3-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - The Western Michigan volleyball team authored a strong, balanced effort against Western Carolina, as the Broncos defeated the Catamounts 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-11) in their second match at the Marriott Cavalier Classic hosted by Virginia. The Broncos improve to 2-0 to start the season. 

"The middles established the tone at the beginning, and Terin Norris did a good job mixing it up and getting them the ball," said head coach Colleen Munson. "We were able to set the speed of the game."

The Broncos received offensive contributions from around the roster, as at least three players recorded 10+ kills for the second straight match. Junior middle blocker Jessica Brown set the tone with 14 kills on 18 swings with no errors for a .778 hitting percentage, while teammates Ali Gossen and Ashley Turnage each contributed 12 kills. Gossen finished one dig shy of posting her second straight double-double.

The first set was the most tightly contested, but the Broncos made the last lead change early on when Terin Norris and Gossen recorded kills on consecutive plays to make it 10-9. The closest WCU would get for the rest of the set was 21-19, but the Broncos closed on a 4-1 run to seal the deal. Brown accounted for the last three points of the set, including the winner at 25-20.

The second and third sets, though, leaned much more heavily in favor of the Broncos, who trailed for exactly three points in the two sets combined. WMU opened up the second set on a 10-4 run that prompted the Catamounts to burn their first timeout, and the lead reached as many as 11 points as the Broncos took the set 25-15. In the third set, the Broncos took a 5-4 lead on consecutive kills from Norris and Gossen and never trailed again, outscoring WCU 20-6 to take the set.

Lena Oliver posted 24 digs in three sets, and now has 54 digs in seven sets of play this season. Norris had 44 assists, six kills, five digs, and two aces. Gillian Asque also posted six kills. Elizabeth Sweeney had a strong match in the back row, recording 15 digs, two assists, and one ace.


Western Illinois def. Kent State, 3-2
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The Kent State volleyball team could not protect a 2-0 match lead and lost to Western Illinois, 3-2 (19-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-12), Saturday (Aug. 27) in its third match of the SIU Edwardsville Invitational.
  
Despite hitting at a .254 clip for the match and 68% and 58%, respectively, in the first and second sets, the Golden Flashes (1-2) were unable to hold off a furious charge by the Leathernecks, who now hold a 3-1 all-time series lead over the Flashes with the victory.
  
Senior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) led the Kent state offense with 25 kills and recorded her second double double in three matches with a 10-dig effort. Sophomores Hannah Herc (Eden, N.Y.) and Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) also posted double doubles, as Herc finished with a career-high 12 kills and 21 digs and Nowak totaled 50 set assists and 15 digs. Freshman Bridget Grdina (Mentor, Ohio) and senior Brooke Zeigler (Parkman, Ohio) also finished in double figures in digs with 17 and 16, respectively. Freshman Liz Reikow (Holland, Mich.) tallied 12 kills.
 
 Kent State wraps up competition at the SIU Edwardsville Invitational with a 3 p.m. battle against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.


Kent State def. Arkansas-Pine Buff, 3-0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The Kent State volleyball team finished its first weekend of competition of the 2011 season on a high note, posting a dominating 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-16)) triumph over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in its final match Saturday (Aug. 27) at the SIU Edwardsville Invitational.
  
The Golden Flashes (2-2) dominated the Golden Lions (0-4) in every phase, outhitting the opposition .242-.078. and forcing 29 errors.

Kent State was once again guided by its upperclassmen. Senior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) achieved her third double double in four matches with a team-best 12 kills to go along with 12 digs. Junior Kathy Krupa (Burbank, Ill.) pitched in 11 kills. Sophomore Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) directed the offensive attack with 26 set assists while senior Brooke Zeigler (Parkman, Ohio) posted 16 digs on the defensive end.

Kent State looks to continue its winning ways Tuesday (Aug. 30) when it welcomes Youngstown State to the M.A.C. Center for the squad's home opener. The match is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.


Western Michigan def. South Carolina Upstate, 3-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – The Western Michigan volleyball team concluded their stay at the Marriott Cavalier Classic with a 3-0 win over the USC – Upstate Spartans, claiming the tournament title improving their record to 3-0 in the 2011 season.  It is the first time the Broncos have opened a season 3-0 since they won five straight matches to open the 2008 season.  In addition, the Broncos placed three players on the All-Tournament team; libero Lena Oliver was named the Tournament MVP, while middle blocker Jessica Brown and outside hitter Ali Gossen were both named to the All-Tournament team.

As was the case in their 3-0 win over Western Carolina earlier in the day, the Broncos controlled the tempo offensively right from the outset.  The Broncos scored the first nine points of the first set and 12 of the first 13 points as they raced to a huge lead over the Spartans.  The closest Upstate would get to the lead again was at 14-6, as the Broncos dominated the set and won 25-11.  

Similarly, the Broncos opened the second set on an 8-2 run.  Upstate posted an early rally to pull within 9-6, but Ashley Turnage swung the momentum back in the Broncos’ favor with a kill to widen the gap.  The Broncos wrapped on the set 25-11 on back-to-back kills from Brown and Gossen.

The Broncos led the third set from the very beginning, opening up on a 6-3 run and never trailing.  Kelsie Queen and Kayla McAvoy blocked a Turnage attack to cut the lead to 9-8, but Turnage responded with two straight kills and the rout was back on.  The Broncos took the set 25-16 after Turnage and Gossen posted back-to-back kills for the win.

For the third straight match, at least three Broncos finished the match with 10+ kills.  Gossen and freshman Carlee Berland tied for the match-high with 13 kills apiece, while Brown recorded 12 kills of her own.  The match was the second double-double of the weekend for Gossen, who finished with 13 kills, 11 digs, one assist, and one ace.  Oliver had a match-high 21 digs, and through three matches this season has 75 digs in just nine sets.  Setter Terin Norris had 41 assists, nine digs, three kills, and one block.  As a team, the Broncos hit .357 for the match.