Saturday's Volleyball Results - 8/25
New Mexico State 3 - Northern Illinois 1
Marshall 3 - Miami (Ohio) 2
Illinois St. 1 - Ball St. 3
IPFW 3 - Kent State 0
Memphis 0 - E. Michigan 3
Missouri St. 1 - Western Michigan 3
Temple 3 - Akron 0
Illinois 3 - Ohio 1
Oral Roberts 2 - Buffalo 3
Drake 1 - Central Michigan 3
Northwestern 3 - Bowling Green 1
Wichita St. 3 - Northern Illinois 2
Oklahoma 3 - Western Michigan 0
E. Tennessee 3 - Akron 1
Green Bay 0 - Central Michigan 3
Ohio St. 3 - Toledo 0
Austin Peay 0 - E. Michigan 3
Murray State 0 - Kent State 3
VCU 3 - Ball St. 1
Wright St. 0 - Miami (Ohio) 3
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Marshall 2, Miami 3
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Senior outside hitter Lisa Treadway became the 10th non-libero in school history to reach 1,000 digs, but Miami fell to host Marshall, 2-3 (30-28, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 10-15) in a thrilling conclusion to the Thunder Invitational. The RedHawks fall to 1-2 overall, while the Thundering Herd improves to 3-0.
At the conclusion of the match, Amy Kendall was named to the All-Tournament Team. She had 79 assists and 23 digs in the three matches over the weekend.
For the second consecutive game, Meg Riley recorded a triple-double. She finished with a career-high 20 kills to go with 20 assists and 12 digs.
Treadway had 14 digs for the match and now has 1,004 for her career. She got it in the fourth set when her dig went over the net and the Marshall attacker hit the ball long to score the point for Miami.
Set one turned into an epic battle that saw neither team build more than a four point lead. Riley recorded two kills early on, and Madison Dodd had a solo block as Miami opened up an 11-8 advantage. Marshall fought back and tied the score at 14. With the score 16-15 in favor of the RedHawks, a 7-2 run by the Thundering Herd would give Marshall its largest lead at 22-18. A kill by Jenny Ingle, an attack error and a service ace by Kendall would pull the 'Hawks to within one at 21-22. The teams would trade sideouts until it was 24-22 and set point for Marshall. A kill by Ingle and a Herd attack error allowed Miami to fight it off and tie the score at 24. A kill from Riley off of Kendall's assist would give the RedHawks their first set point. However the teams would trade sideouts until the score was tied at 28. From there a kill by Dodd and a service ace by Kendall that grazed the net and fell to the ground gave Miami a hard-fought 30-28 win.
The RedHawks had a bit of a letdown after the exciting finish to set one as they fell behind, 6-10, in set two. Two kills apiece by redshirt freshmen Ingle and Sarah Chaney were part of a 9-5 run that tied the set at 15. Miami kept up the pressure with a service ace by Kendall and a kill from Ingle as the 'Hawks went in front, 19-16. The Thundering Herd called two timeouts to try and stop the rally, but kills from Riley and Ingle would give the Red and White a 21-17 advantage. Marshall answered with a 4-1 run to pull within one at 21-22. Kills from Treadway and Dodd immediately following gave Miami set point. After an attack error, the RedHawks secured a 25-22 win as Dodd put down a kill off a Kendall assist.
Marshall took a 15-9 lead to begin set three. Riley, Dodd and Ingle would record kills as part of an 8-5 run that pulled the RedHawks to within three at 17-20. The Herd would answer with their own 4-1 run to create set point at 24-18. Miami would fight two of them off with a Treadway kill and a Marshall attack error, but an attack error by the Red and White would give the Thundering Herd a 25-20 victory.
Set four could not have started out any better for Miami as kills from Ingle, Riley and Chaney, along with a block by Dodd and Chelsea Visk would help give the RedHawks an 8-3 lead early. Marshall would answer with a 9-1 run to take a 12-9 advantage for itself. Riley stopped the bleeding with a kill off of a Madison Hardy assist, but two more Herd points put Marshall in front, 14-10 and forced a Miami timeout. Out of the break, Riley had another kills and Visk and Dodd teamed up for a block to cut the deficit to two points. The Thunder Herd eventually brought the lead back to four at 20-16, but two kills apiece from Treadway and Riley would tie the score at 20. Marshall responded with the next two points. Treadway and Riley kills were sandwiched in between a RedHawk blocking error, which made it 23-2 in favor of the Herd. Marshall then took the next two points to earn a 25-22 win and tie the match at two sets apiece.
Marshall recorded the first two points of set five. Ingle, Riley and Dodd each had kills, but the Herd maintained the two-point advantage at 5-3. The teams continued to trade sideouts until it was 6-5 Marshall. The Thundering Herd would follow with a 5-0 run to take an 11-5 lead and control. Miami fought back, as a kill from Ingle, a block by Ingle and Treadway and a kill from Riley would make it 11-8 and force a Marshall timeout. Out of the break the teams traded points until it was 13-10. From there, the Thundering Herd grabbed the next two points to earn a 15-10 win.
Riley hit .279 in the match while recording her second-straight triple double. Ingle had a career-high 15 kills, while hitting .379 on 29 attempts. She also had two solo blocks. Along with those 14 digs, Treadway recorded 10 kills to earn a double-double. Hardy led five players who had double-digit digs with 22. Kendall led Miami with 31 assists.
The RedHawks return to action next weekend when they travel to Minneapolis for the Diet Coke Classic. On Friday, Aug. 31, Miami will take on Albany at 6 p.m. (EDT). On Saturday, Sept. 1, the RedHawks face the host, 16th-ranked Minnesota at 11 a.m. (EDT) and finish the event against LIU-Brooklyn at 6 p.m. EDT).
Miami 3, Wright State 0
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In the history of the Cradle of Coaches, no coach in any sport has won 500 games for Miami. That changed Saturday morning as Miami University head volleyball coach Carolyn Condit earned her 500th victory with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-18) win over Wright State at the Thunder Invitational. The RedHawks improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Raiders fall to 0-2.
Condit is now 500-385 in 28-plus seasons with the Red and White. For her entire 32-plus season coaching career, she is 599-465 and needs only one victory to become the first person who has served as a head coach at Miami at some point to earn 600 career victories.
As for the match, Meg Riley continued her impressive start to the season with her first career triple-double. The sophomore setter/outside hitter tied her career-high with 13 kills to go along with 12 assists and 10 digs.
Miami used service aces by Riley, Amy Kendall and Lisa Treadway to race to an 8-4 lead in set one. After a Raider attack error and a block by Kayleigh Cox and Sarah Chaney, the advantage increased to 10-4. Two kills from Madison Dodd, along with kills from Treadway and Jenny Ingle gave the RedHawks a 16-6 advantage. After another service ace from Dodd made it 18-8, Wright State would close to within seven at 17-24 off of a 9-6 run. Undeterred, Miami finished off the 25-17 win when Ingle put down a kill that hit the backline.
Wright State took an early 2-0 lead in set two, but three blocks from the Red and White were part of an 8-3 run that put Miami in front by three. Leading 12-9, two kills from Ingle proved to be the catalyst for a set-changing 7-1 run that put the 'Hawks firmly in control at 19-10. In front 22-14, Miami finished off an 11-point victory with a Wright State service error, a service ace by Cox and a kill by Treadway.
Two more service aces by Dodd helped the RedHawks to a 4-2 lead to begin the third set. The Raiders would keep it close, recording a kill to make it 8-9, but Miami would rally with an 8-2 run to take a 17-10 lead and control of the set. A kill from Annie Reiswig and a solo block by Chelsea Visk would give the 'Hawks a 22-12 advantage. Wright State would get as close as six points, but a service error would give Miami a 25-18 victory and Coach Condit had her historic 500th win.
Miami hit .258 for the match, led by Riley, who hit .588. The RedHawks held the Raiders to a .023 hitting percentage. Madison Hardy led Miami with 16 digs, while Kendall had 18 assists. The team finished with eight service aces on the day.
The RedHawks complete play at the Thunder Invitational later Saturday when they take on host Marshall at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 4, Memphis University 0
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team finished a sweep of its four matches at the Memphis Invitational this weekend. The Eagles completed the sweep with a straight set win against the host University of Memphis Saturday, Aug. 25, 25-16, 26-24 and 25-17.
With the victory, Eastern keeps an unblemished record after its first weekend of competition moving to 4-0, while the Tigers fell to 0-4 on the season.
In terms of All-Tournament honors, Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after totaling 55 kills in four matches with a .254 attack percentage. Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) was named to the All-Tournament team after posting a .386 attack percentage and averaging 3.07 kills per set in the invitational.
Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) paced the Eagles with a double-double totaling 11 kills and 13 digs. Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) was the other offensive juggernaut for EMU with 10 kills, while Baker added nine and Iaquaniello and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) contributed eight kills apiece. Kim Hildreth (Novi, Mich.-Novi) was the led the match with 35 assists.
Iaquaniello was the offensive catalyst in the opening frame, posting a .833 (5-0-6) attack percentage, while Baker notched four kills of her own. Crawshaw went three-of-four in attack attempts and as a team EMU hit .412 (16-2-34) en route to the 25-16 set victory, giving the Eagles the 1-0 advantage.
Despite struggling a bit offensively in the second set, the Green and White was able to hold off the Tigers and earn a 26-24 second set win. Roback's .600 (6-0-10) attack percentage led Eastern, while Crawshaw added five kills and Short knocked down four of her own.
Eastern Michigan 3, Austin Peay 0
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team topped the Austin Peay University Governors Saturday, Aug. 25, in straight sets at the Memphis Invitational. With the victory, EMU remains perfect at the tournament. Eastern took the first set 26-24 and the final two sets 25-18.
The Eagles are now 3-0 on the season while Austin Peay falls to 1-2.
Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) led Eastern with a double-double performance. The senior notched 13 kills with a .357 attack percentage, while picking up 12 digs. Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) racked up 10 kills for the Green and White, while Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) banged home nine. Kim Hildreth (Novi, Mich.-Novi) and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) each contributed six kills and Hildreth led the match with 39 assists. As a team the Eagles hit .300 (48-12-120) for the match.
Defensively, the Green and White had its highest block total of the season with eight total team blocks, Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) leading with six block assists. Short added five block assists and Sierra Reed (Parker City, Ind.-Wapahani) had a match-high 15 digs.
The Eagles took the opening set 26-24 on the back of Baker and Iaquaniello's four kills apiece. Eastern's blocking scheme proved problematic for the Governors as the Green and White had half of its eight total blocks in the opening frame to help them to a 1-0 lead.
Baker and Iaquaniello led the way yet again in the second set with four and six kills, respectively. Each hit about .500 in the frame as Baker posted a .571 (4-0-7) and Iaquaniello hit .545 (6-0-11). EMU held Austin Peay to a .163 attack percentage en route to the 25-18 second set win.
The Green and White took the third and final set 25-18, using Roback's six kills in the set. Roback posted a .750 (6-0-8) attack percentage and as a squad, the Eagles hit .417 (18-3-36) in the frame, while holding the Governors to just a .222 (12-4-36) hitting percentage.
Eastern finishes up its Memphis Invitational schedule Saturday evening when it takes on the host school University of Memphis at 5 p.m. (CST). The Eagles look to be the only undefeated team in the tournament with a win against the Tigers.
It was EMU's defense that won the third set, holding Memphis to just a .081 (9-6-37) hitting percentage in the final frame. A quartet of Eagles had a pair of kills in the final set, while Roback's three were the most of any player donning the Green and White. Eastern was able to take the final set by a tally of 25-17.
The Eagles are off just a few days until they play host to the Cleveland State Vikings, Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Convocation Center. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. and EMU looks to hold its perfect record heading into the second tournament on the schedule next weekend.
IPFW 3, Kent State 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Kent State volleyball team fell to host IPFW, 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 28-26), in the final match of the Hyatt Place Fort Wayne/IPFW Invitational Saturday (Aug. 25) at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.
The Golden Flashes finished the opening weekend of the 2012 season with a 1-2 mark after falling to the Mastodons (2-1). Kent State rebounded from a 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-21) loss to Cleveland State Friday (Aug. 24) by cruising past Murray State, 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 27-25), Saturday morning, marking the first victory for first-year head coach Don Gromala and his staff and the first win of the 2012 campaign for the Golden Flashes.
Freshman right side hitter Kelly Hutchison (Columbus, Ohio) led the Flashes with a career-high 14 kills and hit .522. She reached double digits in kills in all three matches at the Hyatt Place Fort Wayne/IPFW Invitational and earned all-invitational honors for her efforts. Sophomore outside hitter Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola (Ellicott City, Md.) added 11 kills to Kent State's cause. Junior setter Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) recorded the team's first double-double of the season with a team-high 34 set assists to go along with 10 digs. Junior libero Hannah Herc (Eden, N.Y.) led the way on the defensive end with a team-high 12 digs.
Kent State heads south to Raleigh, N.C., next weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) to take part in the NC State Courtyard Midtown Invitational.
Kent State 3, Murray State 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – It didn't take long for the first milestone to be recorded.
The Kent State volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 27-25) triumph over Murray State Saturday (Aug. 25) in the third match of the Hyatt Place Fort Wayne/IPFW Invitational at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center, marking the first victory for first-year head coach Don Gromala and his staff and the first win of the 2012 campaign for the Golden Flashes.
"I'm really happy for the team," said Gromala. "They put a lot of effort in to win that match. This was a big growth experience for our team. The leadership on the court is strong. That comes from our captains and trickles down to our freshmen."
The Golden Flashes (1-1) rebounded from a 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-21) loss to Cleveland State Friday (Aug. 24) to even their record at the invitational. Kent State improved to 2-2 all-time against the Murray State (0-2), holding the Racers to a .091 attack percentage.
"Defense is the key," said Gromala. "When you're serving, that's the way you score points to win matches. We tried to take some more risks with our serves and be a little bit more aggressive, and I think that helped our defense out."
Freshman right side hitter Kelly Hutchison (Columbus, Ohio) continued the hot start to her career, reaching double figures in kills for the second match in a row with 11 to lead Kent State. Sophomore middle blocker Liz Reikow (Holland, Mich.) was a force above the net, tallying seven blocks (three solo, four assisted) to tie for the match lead. Junior setter Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) guided the offense with a match-high 33 set assists while junior libero Hannah Herc (Eden, N.Y.) posted a match-high 11 digs.
Kent State jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the first set thanks to kills by Reikow, Hutchison, Nowak and senior middle blocker Kathy Krupa (Burbank, Ill.), a service ace by Herc, a block by Reikow and a double block by Reikow and Hutchison. Murray State pulled to within five at 19-14, but Kent State closed out its first set victory of the season on a 6-3 run thanks in large part to kills by Hutchison, Nowak and Krupa.
The Flashes came out firing again in the second set, taking a 7-1 lead with two kills by sophomore outside hitter Lauren Engleman (Cincinnati, Ohio), a kill by Hutchison and a double block by Nowak and Krupa. The Racers rallied, though, tying the match at eight-all, 11-all, 12-all, 15-all, 16-all, 19-all, 20-all and 21-all. Kent State did not break, though, using a kill by sophomore outside hitter Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola (Ellicott City, Md.) and an attack error by the Racers to take a 23-21 lead and force Murray State to burn a timeout. Murray State junior middle blocker Wendi Zickfield pulled the Racers within one with a kill, but a kill by Hutchison and an attack error by Murray State ended the set with Kent State leading the match, 2-0.
A day after the Kent State dropped a tough 26-24 first set to Cleveland State, the Golden Flashes responded by displaying a lot of fight in a 27-25 victory in the third set Saturday against Murray State to seal their first win of the new season. The Racers took a 15-10 lead to start the third set, but two kills by Hutchison and two attack errors by the Racers pulled the Flashes within one at 15-14. The two squads traded the next seven points, with Murray State holding a 19-17 advantage. Kent State rattled off the next four points to take a 21-19 lead thanks to a kill by Aderemi-Ibitola, a service ace by Nowak and double blocks by Reikow and Aderemi-Ibitola and Reikow and Hutchison. Murray State did not go quietly, though, scoring the next four points to put themselves on the brink of forcing a fourth set with a 24-22 lead. Back-to-back errors by the Racers kept Kent State alive, though. After taking a timeout, Murray State took a 25-24 lead thanks to a kill by freshman outside hitter Emily Schmahl, but the Golden Flashes made one final push to win the match, taking advantage of a bad set by the Racers, a service ace by sophomore setter Jenny Buczek (Orland Park, Ill.) and a kill by Krupa to seal the deal.
Schmahl led the match with 15 kills for Murray State.
Ball State 3, Illinois State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's volleyball team closed play in the 2012 Active Ankle Challenge with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 17-25, 25-18) victory over Illinois State Saturday evening at Worthen Arena.
"It was great to see the passion and intensity our team came out with tonight after a tough loss to VCU this morning," said BSU head coach Steve Shondell. "We played a lot better match this evening, cutting down on a lot of our errors from this morning. Both VCU and Illinois State have strong volleyball programs and I am glad we were able to come out with a split today."
In Saturday's nightcap, three Cardinals tallied double-digit kills to lift the Ball State offense to another strong outing. Junior outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) led all players with 14 kills, while junior middle blocker Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) added 11 and senior outside hitter Kara Bates (Bradley, Ill./Bradley Bourbonnais Community/Maryland) added 10.
For their efforts over the entire tournament, both Baker and Bates were named to the 2012 Ball State Active Ankle All-Tournament Team. They were joined on the squad by Anna Pashkova (Gardner-Webb), Ashley Rosch (Illinois State), Martina Samadan (VCU), Amanda Love (VCU) and tournament most valuable player Jasmine Waters (VCU).
Baker would add six digs and a pair of aces in the victory, giving her a tournament best seven aces over the three matches. Bates tallied nine digs and two aces of her own, while Marx collected a pair of solo blocks.
Junior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) continued her solid all-around play, racking up her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career with 40 assists and 16 digs. She also served up two more aces and added four kills.
Junior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) added a match-best and season-high 20 digs, while senior defensive specialist Claire Farkas (Granger, Ind./Marion) tallied a career-best 10 digs.
Shannon McGlaughlin led the Redbirds with 10 kills, while Jenny Menendez added a team-best 19 digs. All-Tournament selection Ashley Rosch collected a match-high five blocks, to go along with 15 digs and three kills.
Overall, the Cardinals held a .204 (53-24-142) to .177 (39-17-124) hitting advantage in the contest, while out-acing the Redbirds 10-4. BSU also held a 64-54 lead in digs, while ISU out-blocked Ball State 8-3.
The Ball State women's volleyball team will have a quick recovery period, as it travels up I-69 Tuesday to battle in-state rival IPFW in a 7 p.m. showdown.
VCU 3, Ball State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The BSU women's volleyball team opened the second day of the 2012 Ball State Active Ankle Challenge with a 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 21-25) loss to VCU Saturday morning at Worthen Arena.
In the loss, junior opposite attacker Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview) led the Ball State attack with 13 kills, while also posting a pair of block assists.
Junior outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) logged her 16th career double-double, posting 12 kills and 10 digs. She also served up two of BSU's four aces.
Despite two Cardinals reaching double-digit kills, it was the Rams' defense which kept the Ball State offense in check for much of the morning with 17.5 team blocks. Martina Samadan and Jasmine Waters each collected eight blocks in the win, while Kristin Boyd had a team-best 12 kills.
In the backcourt, BSU libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) led all players with 17 digs. Junior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) also added 10 digs, while handing out 41 assists to record her second double-double of the year and the fourth of her career.
The BSU women's volleyball team concludes play in the 2012 Active Ankle Challenge later this evening, with a 7 p.m. match versus Illinois State.
Ohio State 3, Toledo 0
COLUMBUS, OH - Toledo (1-2) concluded its season-opening weekend at Ohio State's Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) setback to the host No. 24 Buckeyes (2-0). The tournament was held in St. John Arena.
Junior OHs Jordan Kielty and Lauren Rafdal paced the Rockets offensively with eight kills apiece. Rafdal also posted a .412 attack percentage, trailing only junior MB Dakota Harkins' impressive .500 mark (7-0-14). Harkins was honored for her play this weekend with a spot on the all-tournament team.
"Dakota did a great job and is definitely deserving of this honor," Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith. "She was our most consistent player this weekend, and this is a good way for her to begin her season."
Junior S Adria Pryor dished out a career-high 30 assists in the contest and quarterbacked UT to a .189 team ATK%. Senior libero McCall Paynter led UT defensively with 11 digs.
Senior OH and All-Big Ten performer Mari Hole topped the Buckeyes with 13 kills (.333 ATK%) with junior OH Kaitlyn Leary also in double digits with 11 kills (.435 ATK%). OSU posted a .364 team hitting mark and also outdug the Rockets by a 37-29 margin.
"We played a little bit better than last night, but we still need to work on certain areas," Smith said. "We saw some good things out there, but we just need to do those more consistently to start winning matches.
After dropping the opening set, Toledo jumped out to an early 7-4 advantage in Set 2 and held the lead until the Buckeyes strung together five straight points for a 17-14 cushion. UT was able close within 18-17 but another spurt put OSU in control for the remainder of the set.
The Rockets were within striking distance of the Buckeyes in the final set, but OSU put together an 8-2 run to seize control.
Toledo returns to action next weekend when it travels to Rochester, MI for Oakland's Golden Grizzlies Invitational. The Rockets will face the host Golden Grizzlies on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 p.m. followed by matchups with Iowa (10:00 a.m.) and Eastern Illinois (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 1
ETSU 3, Akron 1
The Zips came up short in a barnburner at the hands of East Tennessee State, falling 25-27, 25-23, 13-25, 27-29. It was anybody's match for almost the whole match, but Akron couldn't quite hang on at the end of the fourth set to extend it to a fifth.
UA came out strong in the first set, and was able to keep ETSU under control early. The Bucs tied the score four times before Akron was able to create a little distance with a 10-7 lead after an ETSU error. Akron slipped back when ETSU took eight of the next 11 points to go up 13-15, but three consecutive points for the Zips keyed by a Mary Delich service ace and a kill from Alex Wiederholt helped them regain the lead at 16-15.
The score tied nine more times before a winner was decided, both teams stringing together a pair of points at a time, and Akron found itself at set point at 24-23 after another Wiederholt kill but could not convert. Delich put down a kill to lock the score at 25, and ETSU took advantage of a UA error to seal the final two points.
Akron rebounded in the second set, its blocking game led by Paiton Twitty looking strong early on to build a nice cushion that turned into an 11-7 lead. Two kills from Alex Cocklin and a Delich ace increased the Zips' lead to 18-13 before ETSU made its way back into the game. The Bucs picked up nine of the next 10 scores to take its first lead of the set at 19-21. But Akron accepted the challenge and would not forfeit match point this time, as a Delich kill gave the Zips the win and tied the match at one set apiece.
The third set was UA's only real misstep of the afternoon, offensive errors digging a hole that was too deep to climb out of. The Zips made it to within four at 10-6 but that was the closest they came before ETSU ran away with the set.
No lead was safe in the fourth, a set that saw the score tied a total of 22 times. Neither team was able to catch an advantage and hold it for very long – Akron's largest lead of three came at the 4-1 mark, and from there if the score wasn't tied the difference was just one or two points.
It looked like the Zips were on their way to breaking free after Twitty and Delich came up with a big block to put Akron up 19-17 and forced ETSU into a timeout. The Bucs came out with back-to-back points to tie the score at 19, and the two teams traded points until they were tied again at 23. ETSU was in match-point position four different times and the Zips denied them all, until the Bucs capitalized on another UA error to string two points together for the 27-29 win.
Throughout the match, Akron had a tough time finding a solution for ETSU's two big offensive weapons in Megan Devine, the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year who finished with 25 kills and 15 digs, and Ivey Rice who tallied 15 kills. Akron posted 11 total team blocks with Twitty (one solo block, five block-assists) leading the pack.
Tina Dimitrijevs finished the match with a team-best .389 attack percentage and 10 kills, and Cocklin and Delich put up 11 and nine kills each. On the defensive effort, Jill Paluch picked up 14 of Akron's 42 total digs.
Temple 3, Akron 0
Tina Dimitrijevs led the Zips with 13 kills, but it was not enough to propel Akron past Temple in the last match of Gamecock Invitational. UA dropped another close one as TU came away with the straight set win, 23-25, 29-31, 21-25.
Akron kept pace in the first set, and really came alive midway through when Dimitrijevs delivered one of her kills and Chelsea Harvey served up back-to-back aces to shift the momentum in the Zips' favor and tie the score at 15. Temple countered quickly, scoring on five of the next seven plays to go up 20-17. Akron called timeout to adjust and came back to force Temple into two errors to cut the deficit to one. The Owls continued to squeak by, and though another kill from Dimitrijevs spoiled its first set point, one final Temple kill put it just out of the Zips' reach.
The second set saw more extra volleyball with a final score of 29-31. Temple jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead but Tori Lanzillotti notched the first of three consecutive Akron kills to put the Zips right back on the board. From there, TU built and maintained a five point lead at 15-10 until Akron forged ahead scoring six times in seven plays to knot the set at 16.
The Zips took over with a couple of kills from Paiton Twitty and Lanzillotti and led the Owls, 23-21. TU scored three straight to bring it to set point, where it would be five more times before finishing the stanza and going up 2-0. That was the second long set of the day for the Zips, a situation that Arenz hopes the team can adjust to in the future and walk away with a different outcome.
"We had to fight back from behind in a lot of those situations today because we struggled to take care of the ball earlier in the set," he said. "If we have control and can establish a level of play early, we won't be caught on the short side of it."
The elongated sets this weekend gave Arenz the opportunity to see his team in different combinations on the floor, and he liked what he saw.
"I liked the versatility we have shown early so far this year," Arenz said. "If one person is struggling in a certain area, we have someone else who can step into that spot and not miss a beat, and that is going to be very helpful for us down the road."
Akron came close in the third set but was never able to capture a lead. The Zips came to within two at 19-17 after a kill from Alex Wiederholt and a block from Dimitrijevs and Janine Lawler, forcing Temple into a timeout. The Owls regrouped and broke free, going on 5-1 run to bring them to match point. Akron put up three consecutive points but could not hold off Temple's final kill for the win.
The Zips come home to host the Akron Invitational next weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Friday, Akron opens with Southeastern Louisiana at 7:00 p.m. ET at James A. Rhodes Arena, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday against Quinnipiac at 3:00 p.m. and Montana State at 7:00 p.m.
"It will be good to come back home and continue to polish the areas we need to work on," Arenz said. "Hosting back-to-back tournaments will allow us to establish our confidence and build our foundation."
Central Michigan 3, Green Bay 0
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Central Michigan got on the winning track Saturday at the Country Inn & Suites Tournament, earning a sweep of host Green Bay in its first match of the day before taking down Drake in four sets.
The Chippewas opened Saturday with a strong defensive performance and three-set sweep over Green Bay for their first win of the season.
The defense was able to limit the Phoenix (1-1) attack to just a .035 hitting percentage, recording 10 blocks and taking advantage of 23 Green Bay errors.
While the Phoenix offense was struggling, senior Lindsey Dulude continued her strong offensive start to the season by leading the Chippewas with 12 kills, five of which came in the first set.
The Chippewas held on to a tight two-point lead in the opening set, 21-19, but with help from her fellow upperclassmen, Dulude and the Chippewas were able to close out the set. Senior Val DeWeerd, junior Danielle Gotham and Dulude recorded three-straight kills for the Maroon and Gold to extend the lead to 23-19, before Dulude and Gotham closed set one with back-to-back kills on assists from junior Kelly Maxwell for a 25-20 win.
The Phoenix gave the Chippewas a scare in the second, but once again Dulude was able to use her big swing to put them away. CMU held set point, 24-22, before the Phoenix scored three-straight points to claim the lead and force CMU into a timeout.
DeWeerd came out of the timeout with a big kill to tie the set and Dulude closed things out with back-to-back kills for a 27-25 victory.
The Chippewas closed out the match in dominant fashion, 25-14, thanks in large part to sophomore Hallie Enderle's first action of the season. The outside hitter took advantage of her time, recording four kills and a block in the third set to help CMU earn the sweep.
Maxwell dished out 35 assists and Jenna Coates finished with 26 digs. McIntyre and DeWeerd each finished with eight kills apiece, while McIntyre chipped in with 13 digs on the defensive side of the net.
Central Michigan 3 Drake 1
The offensive firepower continued in the Chippewas' four-set victory over Drake to close out the tournament as they were able to fight off a bit of adversity en route to the win.
CMU took the first set in convincing fashion, 25-14, with the help of some fresh faces as freshman setter Jordan Timmer earned her first career start and dished out 11 assists and Enderle continued her strong play with four kills.
The Bulldogs (0-3) came back and claimed set two, 25-19, by taking advantage of 11 CMU attacking errors.
Drake continued its momentum into the third set and claimed an early 9-5 lead, but a 6-2 run capped with a kill by McIntyre allowed the Chippewas to tie the set, 11-11. Another kill by the sophomore gave the Chippewas the lead for good, 16-15, and her eighth kill of the set gave the Maroon and Gold victory, 25-21.
McIntyre's strong play continued in the fourth set as she recorded seven more kills, but the Chippewas were forced to bare down and battle for the victory.
Similar to Friday evening's third set versus Auburn, CMU saw the set go deep into extra points. The Chippewas faced set point by the Bulldogs, down 24-23, but a kill by Dulude tied the match and the two teams exchanged the lead or saw the game tied eight times before a kill by DeWeerd and attacking error by the Bulldogs clinched the set for CMU, 30-28.
McIntyre finished the match versus Drake with 17 kills and an ace, while Dulude and DeWeerd each finished with 10 kills to give CMU three players in double digits. Maxwell, who entered halfway through the third set, finished with a match-high 25 assists and Timmer recorded 21 in her first start.
The defense proved vital for the second straight match as CMU finished with 16 blocks and held Drake to a .124 hitting percentage in the match.
Western Michigan 3, Missouri State 1
NORMAN, Okla. - The Western Michigan women's volleyball team was able to close out its 2012 opening weekend on a strong note, as the Broncos defeated Missouri State 3-1 (28-30, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20) in the final match of the 2012 Oklahoma Nike Invitational. With the win, the Broncos improve to 1-2 on the season.
Faced with the prospect of going winless in their first tournament of the season, the Broncos took their frustrations out on the Bears by holding their opponents to .181 hitting and recording 9.0 team blocks. The Broncos received dominant offensive performances from both Ali Gossen and Jessica Brown, who each recorded 18 kills in the match; meanwhile, teammate Gillian Asque also broke double figures with 12 kills.
Setter Terin Norris recorded her second straight double-double, notching an impressive 55 assists in just four sets of work and also adding 12 digs. Lena Oliver had a match-high 20 digs, and freshman Caroline Rose contributed 10 digs to the cause as well.
The Broncos dropped the first set to the Bears in tough fashion, as they led for most of the set before the Bears came back near the end. The teams battled back and forth and were tied at 28-28 before Missouri State scored two straight points to take the first 30-28.
The second set would go much the same way, except Brown was determined not to allow the same fate to strike again. With the set tied at 21-21, Brown broke the stalemate with kills on consecutive points to give the Broncos a 23-21 edge. The Broncos' lone senior would combine with Terin Norris on the next point to block Christine McCartney to set up set point, and two points later would notch the deciding kill to give the Broncos a 25-22 set win.
The third set was neck and neck until the score reached 12-12, at which time the Broncos uncorked a 10-2 run, courtesy of a .467 hitting percentage for the set. Carlee Berland recorded the first point of the run to break the stalemate, and the Broncos would score eight straight points on Brown's serve to take the 21-12 lead. Berland would notch a kill to make it 23-15, Asque would add another to set up set point, and Brown delivered the coup de grace with a kill to take the set 25-16.
The Broncos leapt out to an early lead in the fourth set before the Bears briefly took control, but consecutive MSU attack errors would give WMU a 14-13 lead, as well as all the daylight they needed to close the match. Gossen would record six of her 18 kills in the fourth set, and would also provide the set to Berland that gave the Broncos match point. Leading 24-18, the Broncos were able to force a Missouri State attack error down the stretch to seal the win.
The Broncos will be back in action next weekend, when they participate in a tournament hosted by Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Oklahoma 3, Western Michigan 0
NORMAN, Okla. - The Western Michigan women's volleyball team fell to a nationally-recognized opponent for the second straight match, and the Broncos lost 3-0 (13-25, 22-25, 18-25) to the Oklahoma Sooners in their second match of the 2012 Oklahoma Nike Invitational. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 0-2 on the season.
Taking on an opponent receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll for the second straight match, the Broncos were unable to gain much traction against the hosting Sooners in the three-set match. WMU out-dug Oklahoma 56-53 on the strength of Lena Oliver's match-high 17 digs, but the Sooners were able to stifle the Broncos' offensive attack.
Terin Norris recorded her first double-double of the season, notching 27 assists and 10 digs. Richelle Ranney had another solid offensive performance in the middle, recording eight kills and hitting .350, and sophomore outside hitter Carlee Berland notched eight kills on 16 swings with just one error for a team-high .438 hitting percentage. Both Gillian Asque and Jessica Brown finished the match with seven kills.
The Broncos bounced back from a tough first set to push the Sooners in the second, responding to an early deficit to tie the score late in the set. Oklahoma led by as many as seven points in the second set, but the Broncos regrouped midway through when Carlee Berland recorded kills on consecutive points to make it 14-9. Berland would pair with Ranney to collect a block to make it 14-11, and the sophomore would record another kill to pull the set to 16-14.
Norris would post a kill to keep pace with the Sooners at 17-15, and would find Brown in the middle a few points later to pull the Broncos within one point. WMU finally tied the score at 18-18 when Ranney recorded a kill, and the two teams would be neck and neck through the finish. Berland would post a kill late to cut the Sooners' lead to 23-22, but OU recorded the final two points of the set to take it 25-22.
The Broncos would struggle early on in the third set against the Sooners, who took a 10-4 lead to start the period. The Broncos would pull to within four points after Richelle Ranney posted kills on consecutive plays midway through the set, but Oklahoma soon regained its footing and took the set 25-18.
Wichita 3, Northern Illinois 2
DeKalb, Ill. - Less than 24 hours after grinding out a tough five-set win over 2011 NCAA Tournament team North Dakota State, the Northern Illinois volleyball team couldn't do it again against another 2011 NCAA team as Wichita State edged the Huskies in five sets (18-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 22-20) on Saturday afternoon at Victor E. Court.
With the match knotted 2-2 and heading into the fifth set, NIU (1-1) came out strong for the second day in a row in the fifth to take a 9-5 lead after a WSU (1-1) attack error. Two Shocker kills and two Huskie errors later, the set was tied 9-9. From there, it was an exciting back and forth, point-for-point fight. The Huskies struck first by taking a 14-12 lead on a combo block by junior middle blocker Sarah Angelos and junior setter Kayla Zeno. But an Angelos attack error and Zeno blocking error brought the Shockers back.
Zeno fired back with a crosscourt kill to give NIU another chance at match point, but the Shockers answered with a kill. NIU would then have four more chances at match point but the resilient Shockers had a counter each time.
Then, with NIU ahead 19-18, the Huskies thought they had the match won as Wichita State touched the ball four times on its side, but the up official Terri Narantic did not see a two-ball call that down official Steve Schach called on the Huskies. As NIU was lining up to shake hands with WSU, thinking the match was over, the officials met and made the two-ball call. That tied the match back at 19 and sucked a little wind out of the Huskies.
WSU immediately took advantage after getting a block to go up 20-19. Following a kill from sophomore outside hitter MacKenzie Roddy, a WSU kill and block ended the match in the Shockers' favor.
"In simple terms, we had a heck of a fight against a really good Wichita State team," said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. "They are an NCAA Tournament team that's battle-tested. We did a good job of putting them under pressure and had a lot of back and forth play. We had some tough, tight calls toward the end but we have to control the ball on our side. Hopefully we can learn from it and do better tonight."
Statistically, both sides were very even as though only significant discrepancy was WSU's 83-71 digs advantage.
Angelos led the way for NIU as she totaled a career-high 17 kills (.294), while Roddy added 15 and senior outside hitter Meghan Romo had 14. Roddy also added a team-high 15 digs for her second straight double-double. Freshman setter Alexis "Pookie" Gonzalez notched her second straight double-double with 50 assists and 13 digs to go along with five kills on an errorless six swings (.833) and two aces.
In the back row, senior libero Amber Walker had 14 digs and junior defensive specialist Justine Schepler added 13.
"I thought our pins did a good job of attacking for a while and our defense continued to be strong," Gooden said. "We are going to continue to get better and play against a good team tonight."
The Huskies will get right back at it to close out the NIU Invitational tonight at 7 PM CT against New Mexico State (2-0). Live stats via GameTracker will be available on NIUHuskies.com and the match will be live video-streamed through Huskie All-Access.
New Mexico 3, Northern Illinois 1
DeKALB, Ill. - Nearly two hours after enduring a grueling five-set loss to Wichita State, the Northern Illinois volleyball team gave it all they had but simply ran out of gas on Saturday evening at Victor E. Court against a stout New Mexico State team that has been to the NCAA Tournament five times since 2003.
Motivated by the harsh loss to the Shockers, NIU (1-2) came out motivated and angry against the Aggies (3-0). Despite going down 4-0 to start the match the Huskies found their rhythm quickly to hold edges in kills (15-9, attack percentage (.312-.059), digs (15-11), and blocks (3-1) for a dominant 25-14 first set win. Sophomore MacKenzie Roddy led the way in the frame with seven kills (.385).
However, after winning a five-set match last night against 2011 NCAA Tournament participant North Dakota State and losing a very close five-set match to another 2011 NCAA team in Wichita State, NIU's adrenaline started to wear thin and the Aggies capitalized.
With the second set tied 9-9, an attack error gave NMSU the lead and sparked a 16-10 run for NMSU to close out the set 25-19. 10 NIU attack errors and a .182-.026 hitting edge helped the Aggies even the match.
NIU would then have to play from behind in each of the final two sets as the Huskies just couldn't muster enough energy and focus to overcome a well-rested Aggie squad who scored a quick win over North Dakota State in a noon match earlier in the day. NIU's attack errors went up to 15 in the third set and NMSU racked up 10 blocks to pull out a 25-16 victory.
In the fourth, the Huskies had 12 attack errors and were blocked five times by NMSU as the Aggies ended the match with a 25-10 win.
For the match, NMSU held large advantages in attack errors (42-18), hitting percentage (.156-.014), and blocks (19-3). Roddy led the Huskies with 11 kills. Freshman setter Alexis "Pookie" Gonzalez tallied 35 assists, eight digs, and an ace. Senior libero Amber Walker and senior defensive specialist Sue Hayes each added 12 digs.
For the weekend, Gonzalez and junior defensive specialist Justine Schepler were named to the NIU Invitational All-Tournament Team. Gonzalez showed she could handle running the offense fresh out of high school, averaging 9.21 assists, 2.43 digs, 0.64 kills, 0.36 aces, and 0.36 blocks per set in her first three NIU matches. Schepler averaged a solid 2.93 digs per set and had only one reception error all weekend.
For a team that lost three major cogs from its 2011 Mid-American Conference championship squad, the Huskies fared well in their opening weekend. They beat an NCAA team from a year ago, had Wichita State beat for a second before an officiating decision turned the tide, and showed they could dominate a team as good as NMSU, who won the NIU Invitational with a perfect showing against stiff competition.
"The [non-conference season] for us is always about learning," said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. "I think we had a really good experience, not only from this match, but from all three matches. I thought we did a real nice job starting off with a positive win against North Dakota State. We battled hard against Wichita State and learned a lot. All three teams [we faced] were really, really good.
"We have to regroup and get ourselves back to play a tough team on Tuesday. But all in all, we had a fairly positive weekend."
The Huskies return to action on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with a 7 PM CT meeting against Green Bay at home before embarking upon a 14-match road trip. Live stats via GameTracker will be available on NIUHuskies.com and the match will be live video-streamed through Huskie All-Access.
Northwestern 3, Bowling Green1
Milwaukee, Wis. – The Bowling Green State University volleyball team got off to the type of start it wanted to, but Northwestern recovered and rallied to beat the Falcons 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-19 at the Marquette Challenge Saturday evening.
Bowling Green held Northwestern to a .000 attack percentage in the first set and the Falcons led from the start to win the opening set. Danielle Tonyan had five of her match-high 19 kills in that opening frame and Lindsey Butterfield added four with a .500 attack percentage.
But from there, Northwestern improved its attack percentage in every set and the Falcons were not able to reach the .242 mark it hit in the first frame. On top of that, Bowling Green had too many unforced errors throughout the match to be able to make the quick start hold up. The Falcons had 13 service errors and gave up eight Northwestern aces.
Despite those issues, the Falcons almost went ahead by two sets after rallying late in the second. Trailing 22-19, Bowling Green got a Paige Penrod kill, followed by two Northwestern attack errors to tie the score. Kaitlyn Skinner and Tonyan combined on a block and, after a Northwestern point, Tonyan had a kill to give the Falcons a set point at 24-23. The Wildcats staved off the Falcon opportunity, though, with a kill and eventually got a kill and block from Yewande Akanbi to even the match up.
In a pivotal third set, Tonyan had four kills and two aces early but Northwestern built a 19-16 lead. Penrod had back-to-back kills, while Tonyan and Skinner followed with a block to tie the score. But Northwestern closed on a 6-1 run to take control of the match.
In the fourth, Bowling Green fell behind by as many as 10 points before rallying late. But the Falcons got no closer than within five points late as the Wildcats closed out the match.
“We are disappointed with this loss because we had a chance to earn our first win of the season,” head coach Danijela Tomic said. “Volleyball is a game of momentum and when you don’t use the chances that your opponent gives you, it is hard to win. We will watch and analyze the video of both matches this weekend and get back in the gym Monday to work on things we need to improve. We will use this loss as a learning opportunity to get better for our next match.”
Tonyan had her second consecutive double-double with 10 digs to go with her 19 kills. Penrod also posted a double-double with 13 kills, 11 digs and six blocks. Skinner had a career-high seven blocks and Ashley Dunn added 23 digs, her 21st consecutive match with at least 10.
Bowling Green falls to 0-2 on the season and will be off until competing in the Indiana Invitational next weekend. The Falcons will face Georgia Tech Friday night before playing Indiana and Cleveland State Saturday.
Buffalo 3, Oral Roberts 2
BUFFALO, NY - Down 13-7 in the fifth set and with the UB Invitational Championshipson the line, the University at Buffalo volleyball team staged an epic comeback, running off eight straight points to defeat Oral Roberts and win their season-opening tournament. The Bulls got a total team effort, including a spark from a freshman, who despite not playing the first two matches, found her way onto the All-Tournament team.
The Bulls took the contest 23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13 as they outhit the Golden Eagles .199 to .164. Buffalo got off to a tremendous start in set one, scoring eight of the first nine points, but ORU came back late to take the opener 25-23. In the second set, Oral Roberts raced out to a 19-13 lead , but the Bulls were able to use some ORU miscues, scoring five points and pulling within one. The Golden Eagles went back up 21-20, but freshman Kasey Hollstegge served the Bulls to the final four points of the set.
Like the others, the third set was also extremely close as the two teams were tied at 19-19 before Buffalo ended the set on a 6-1 run, following a pair of hitting errors from Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles came back to take the fourth set as they ended it on a 7-2 run, setting up the fifth and pivotal set.
Early on it looked as if Oral Roberts would leave Alumni Arena undefeated, taking an early 7-3 lead. The Golden Eagles got their lead up to 13-7, but it was the last time they earned a point on the scoreboard. A service error by ORU began the run, which featured a pair of blocks, both that included freshman Akeila Lain. Following an Oral Roberts timeout, freshman Megan Lipski continued her strong serving, recording an ace followed by back-to-back kills from Lain and Liz Scott, tying the set up at 13-13 and forcing Oral Roberts to use its final time out. Out of the break, junior Dana Musil continued the run with a kill, giving the Bulls their first lead in the set and a ORU hitting error capped off the improbable comeback.
"I am extremely proud of this team for the way they fought to the very end," said head coach Todd Kress. "We got contributions from everybody on the team and we needed it to beat a very good Oral Roberts team. I thought the crowd and the energy in the arena was the best since I've been here and they made a big difference tonight."
Scott finished with a career-high 25 kills as she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. It was the second time this weekend that Scott had 20 or more kills in a match. She finished with just two errors on 48 swings, leading all players with a .479 hitting percentage. Scott ended the night with 27.0 points, tying the school record for points in a five-set match. The point category was not introduced until the 2003 season.
Musil, who spent the first two matches as libero, moved back to a hitter in the second set tonight, finishing with 15 kills and a team-high 19 digs. Lipski and Lain each finished with seven kills. Musil was one of three players from UB on the All-Tournament Team following the match.
Musil was able to move to hitter because of the play of Hollstegge, who gave the Bulls a huge lift of the bench. The Cincinnati, OH native had 15 digs and six assists in her debut. The play of Hollstegge earned her All-Tournament Team honors as well.
Lain led the blocking attack for Buffalo with a match-high nine blocks, including three solos. Scott and Dani Reinert each finished with four blocks. Reinert added 49 assists and 15 digs on the evening as well.
The Bulls will be back in action next weekend as they hit the road for the first time, playing in the Shamrock Invitational at Notre Dame. UB begins play on Friday at 4:30pm against Eastern Kentucky.