Friday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 9/1/2012

Friday's MAC Volleyball Results

Western Michigan 3, Milwaukee 2
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Western Michigan volleyball team battled their way back from a 2-0 deficit against Milwaukee, as the Broncos defeated the Panthers 3-2 (25-27, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-12) in their second match of the Panther Invitational on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 3-2 on the season, including a 2-0 record on the weekend. 
 
The Broncos were able to right the ship after dropping the first two sets against the Panthers, with improved net play directly correlating with the changing fortunes. The Broncos were out-blocked 6.0 to 3.0 by the Panthers after three sets of play, but the Broncos reversed that trend in the last two sets, outblocking UWM 9.0 to 4.0 in the final two periods. Freshman middle blocker Stephenee Yancy was the catalyst, recording six blocks in little more than two sets of work, and setter Terin Norris added five blocks of her own.
 
Offensively, the Broncos had four players reach double-digits in kills, with Gillian Asque and Ali Gossen each contributing 15 kills. Jessica Brown notched 13 kills, including the set-deciding tally, and Carlee Berland wrapped the match with 12. Norris notched her fourth double-double of the season with a career-high 64 assists and 12 digs, while Lena Oliver set the team-high with 22 digs.
 
The fifth set went back and forth throughout, until Berland and Brown combined with a block to give WMU a 10-9 lead late in the set. Gossen would record a kill on the next point to extend the lead, and it reached three points when Asque and Yancy's block made the score 13-10. Brown would deliver the final point of the set when she went off blockers from the left side, with the ball falling just out of bounds to give WMU the point.
 
The match began to turn early in the third set, when the Broncos came out of the intermission with a loose, nothing-to-lose attitude. The Broncos jumped out to a 6-4 lead early on kills from Asque and Richelle Ranney, though the Panthers would come back and take the lead not long after. WMU trailed 22-20, but came out of a timeout and recorded a 3-0 run to get back into the match. Berland notched a kill to cut the lead to one point, and Yancy recorded a kill on the next point to tie it up. Defense would lead the way to the next point, with Gossen and Yancy teaming up with a block to make it 23-22. After a Panther kill tied the score, Gossen and Asque would notch kills on consecutive points to give the set to the Broncos.
 
The fourth set saw the Broncos fully seize the wave of momentum, coming back from an early small deficit and putting the stranglehold on the match. The Broncos tied the match at 8-8 on a kill form Asque, and Norris would record a kill on the next point to give the Broncos the lead. The teams would stay tight throughout much of the set, with Milwaukee taking their last lead in the set when a kill gave them an 18-17 advantage. The Broncos would close the set on an 8-2 run, with Berland setting up set point with a kill and Brown delivering the dagger with an ace to take the 25-20 set win.
 
The first set featured back and forth action between the two teams, with neither team gaining a significant upper hand on the other for most of the action. The Broncos looked like they might have taken the driver's seat when Gillian Asque notched a kill to give the Broncos a 10-9 lead; that sparked a 4-1 run for the Broncos that gave them a 13-10 lead and forced a Panther timeout. UWM battled to keep it close, but the Broncos would again force a timeout when Gossen blasted kills on consecutive points to give the Broncos an 18-16 advantage.
 
The teams would hold close throughout, with Milwaukee eventually taking a 24-23 lead in the set. Carlee Berland would swing through the blockers to tie the set at 24, but the Panthers would not allow the Broncos to take the lead. After Gossen and Richelle Ranney teamed up for a block to tie the set at 25, the Panthers rattled off two straight points for the set win.
 
VCU 3, Kent State 1
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Kent State volleyball team lost to Virginia Commonwealth, 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-18), Friday (Aug. 31) in the opening match of The Courtyard Midtown Classic at Reynolds Coliseum.
 
Freshman outside hitter Kelly Hutchison (Columbus, Ohio) led the Golden Flashes (1-3) with nine kills while Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola (Ellicott City, Md.) added seven kills. Junior setter Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) had a team-high 26 assists. Junior defensive specialist/libero Hannah Herc (Eden, N.Y.) tallied nine digs to led the team.
 
Kent State was able to capture the opening set, which came down to the final few points. Trailing 9-7, the Golden Flashes won six of the next eight points to take a 13-11 lead. VCU captured the next two points to tie the score, and the teams traded points until the set was tied 19-19. The Golden Flashes closed out the set by winning six of the final nine points.
 
The Flashes were unable to make a comeback in the second set after dropping the first eight points. Trailing 23-12, Kent State recorded four straight points to force a VCU timeout. An attack error by the Commodores after the timeout made it 23-17, but a service error and attack error on consecutive points doomed the Golden Flashes.
 
Runs of 7-0 and 6-0, in the third and fourth sets, respectively were too much for the Flashes to overcome. VCU (4-0) remains unbeaten on the season with the victory. Freshman middle blocker Martina Samadan recorded a match-high 13 kills while sophomore setter Cecilia Aragao tallied a match-high 45 assists to lead the way for the Commodores.
 
Kent State returns to action Saturday (Sep. 1) with a pair of matches to conclude The Courtyard Midtown Classic. The Flashes will battle host North Carolina State at 1 p.m., followed by South Florida at 4 p.m.
 
Ball State 3, Georgia State 0
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - - The Ball State (3-2) women's volleyball team used a balanced offensive attack to score a 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18) sweep of Georgia State (1-3) to open play in the 2012 IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational Friday afternoon at The Jungle.
 
 We turned in our best offensive execution of the season," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "We have been trying to put that together all year. We have seen it in practice and we saw it a little bit versus Illinois State last Saturday, but we got into our best offensive rhythm of the season today. We are hoping that continues, because we know we are capable of it. We just have to go out and execute in matches. Today we took a step in the right direction."
 
As a team, the Cardinals finished the match with a season-high-tying .267 (46-14-120) attack percentage, while limiting the Panthers to a .067 (27-19-119) hitting mark. 
 
Senior outside hitter Kara Bates (Bradley, Ill./Bradley BourbonnisCommunity/Maryland)  led the Ball State offense with 11 kills, while four other Cardinals tallied eight markers each. Bates also collected a match-high four total blocks (one solo and three assists) and seven digs.
 
Senior transfer middle hitter Lisa Scott (McLean, Va./Langly/Maryland) turned in her best performance of the young season with a BSU career-high eight kills, while adding a pair of blocks (one solo and one assist). 
 
Junior outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield), junior middle blocker Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and junior opposite attacker Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati) also scored eight kills apiece for the Cardinals.
 
Junior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) led all players with a season-high 25 digs, while Baker tallied 13. Marx finished the match with three blocks assists and a pair of digs, while Grant hit a match-best .417 (8-1-17).
 
Jamiee Freeman and Dede Bohannon each tallied seven kills for Georgia State, while Emily Averbeck collected a team-best 23 digs.
 
 In addition to winning the battle from the attack line, the Cardinals also held a 65-55 advantage in digs, while out-blocking the Panthers 6.5-5.0.
 
Ball State fell behind 2-1 early in the opening set, only to rally behind the serving of Fredrich to score the next five points. It was all BSU from there, as the Cardinals built a 10-point lead at 15-5 and went on to win the set 25-13 on a GSU service error. Marx led Ball State in the opening frame with five kills and a .625 (5-0-8) hitting mark.
 
With Ball State trailing 6-5 in the second set, a pair of kills from both Marx and Bates helped Ball State rattle off the next six points and take an 11-6 advantage. The Cardinals extended their run to eight points, pushing the score to 13-6, following a GSU timeout thanks to a block and a third Marx kill. 
 
The Panthers would pull back within four points, at 17-13, but a kill from Grant followed by three consecutive markers from Baker helped BSU regain control at 21-13. Georgia State would score seven of the next eight points to draw within two, at 22-20, however a Bates kill stopped the Panthers momentum and helped BSU pull out a 25-21 set victory.
 
Georgia State held tough early in the third frame, holding a slim 7-6 advantage. However, a kill from Bates and two markers from Grant helped force a GSU timeout at 10-7. Ball State added five on the next six points, including a kill and block assist from Scott, leading to the Panthers second timeout at 15-8. Ball State put the set on cruise control from there, winning 25-18 on kill from Grant. 
 
During the final push, freshman setter Jenna Spadafora (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) recorded three of her seven assists to go along with her first career kill for BSU on a setter dump. Redshirt freshman frontcourt specialist Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) also scored a pair of kill to help end the third frame.
 
The Ball State women's volleyball team continues play in the 2012 IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational Saturday with matches versus North Texas (10 a.m.) and tournament host IUPUI (7 p.m.) at The Jungle.
 
Buffalo 3, Eastern Kentucky 0
SOUTH BEND, IN – The University at Buffalo volleyball team hit the road for the first time on Friday afternoon, sweeping past Eastern Kentucky on the opening day of the Shamrock Invitational.  The 3-0 victory was UB's first sweep of the season and improves its record to 3-1.
 
The Bulls took the contest 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 as they outhit Eastern Kentucky, .271 to .126.  UB hit .462 in the opening set, its highest set total of the year.  The Bulls followed that up with a .303 hitting percentage in the second set to take the commanding lead in the match.
 
A trio of Bulls had double figures in kills led by 11 from freshman Megan Lipski and sophomore Liz Scott.  Freshman Tahleia Bishop added 10 kills and just two errors on 19 swings.  Lipski, Scott and Bishop combined for 32 of UB's 41 kills on the night. 
 
Defensively, junior Dana Musil led the way with 23 digs, while Scott added eight digs and five blocks.  Freshman Akeila Lain led the way in the blocking category with 10 total blocks, including three solos.  Fellow freshman Kayla Yingling saw the first action of her career, recording three digs.
 
The Bulls continue play at the Shamrock Invitational tomorrow night when they face the host Notre Dame Irish at 7:00 pm.  Notre Dame defeated UAB 3-1 in its match tonight.
 
Georgia Tech 3, Bowling Green 1
Bloomington, Ind. – Danielle Tonyan had a match-high 17 kills and the Bowling Green volleyball team hit .448 in the second set, but the Falcons were unable to sustain that efficiency in a 25-17, 19-25, 25-17, 25-17 loss to Georgia Tech on the opening day of the Indiana Invitational Friday night.
  
 After struggling through the first set, Bowling Green jumped out quickly in the second stanza. Lindsey Butterfield had a kill and two blocks in a 5-0 run that put the Falcons on top 7-2 and Georgia Tech never got closer than three points the rest of the way. After the Yellow Jackets made it 12-9, BGSU went on a 4-1 run on two Tonyan kills to build a cushion again. Tonyan closed out the set with kills on the Falcons’ final two points for the 25-19 win.
  
 In that set, Tonyan had eight kills on 13 attempts and Leah Shaw had three kills on three swings. The Falcons added three of their five blocks in the match during that frame.
  
 “We played our best volleyball of the season in the second set against Georgia Tech,” BGSU head coach Danijela Tomic said. “We served very aggressively and our hitters were able to produce 16 kills with only 3 errors.  Our team saw how good we could be once we learn how to play consistently throughout the whole match and when we get contribution from all six players on the court. Unfortunately, we had too many highs and lows and that's something we have to work on changing.”
  
 Georgia Tech took control of the BGSU lows and answered back by starting the third set with an 8-1 run to cruise to the victory. In the fourth, Bowling Green led 12-10 but the Yellow Jackets scored 15 of the final 20 points to win the match.
  
 After Tonyan, no other Falcon had more than six kills, though others contributed to the effort in other ways. Paige Penrod had six kills, but added four aces and seven digs. Butterfield had six kills, five digs, and two blocks. Shaw had four kills, three blocks and an ace.
  
Georgia Tech improved to 4-0 with the win, while Bowling Green falls to 0-3. The Falcons will play two more matches in the Indiana Invitational Saturday, playing host Indiana at noon and Cleveland State at 5 p.m. 
 
Albany 3, Miami 2
MINNEAPOLIS - The Miami University volleyball team made a great comeback after dropping the first two sets, but it dropped a back-and-forth fifth set, 14-16, and fell to Albany, 2-3 (16-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 14-16). The match was the opening contest of the Diet Coke Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. The RedHawks fall to 1-3 on the season, while the Great Danes improve to 1-3.
 
Meg Riley continued her amazing start to the 2012 season. Serving both as a setter and an outside hitter, she recorded a triple-double for the third consecutive game. Riley finished with 17 kills, 23 assists and 12 digs. Redshirt freshman Sarah Chaney also had a breakout game, recording 13 kills and five digs.
 
Kills by Madison Dodd, Lisa Treadway, Christina Menche and Jenny Ingle, along with a service ace from Riley allowed Miami to play Albany even early in set one. With the score tied at eight, the Great Danes would go on a 7-3 run to take a 15-11 advantage and force a RedHawk timeout. Out of the break Miami fought back by forcing an attack error and getting a Treadway kill to pull within two. Albany would respond with an 8-2 run to take control at 23-15. Menche put down one more kill, but the Great Danes took the next two points to earn a 25-16 win.
 
It was a great start in set two as two kills apiece from Riley and Menche, along with a service ace from Riley would help give Miami a 9-4 advantage. Albany would go on a 5-1 run to pull within one, but Ingle would team up with Dodd on a block and put down a kill to help bring the lead back to three at 13-10. The Great Danes continued to fight back, but the RedHawks would maintain an advantage throughout the middle part of the set. After a service error gave the Red and White a 19-17 lead, Albany would have its decisive run. It took the next seven points in row to go in front, 24-19. Riley would stop the streak with a kill off of Amy Kendall's assist, but the Great Danes won the next point to take a 25-20 victory.
 
It did not look good early in set three as Miami fell behind quickly, 1-5. Kills by Chaney, Riley and Treadway sparked a 5-1 answer that would tie the score at six. Tied at nine, the RedHawks went on a 9-2 run that gave them an 18-11 lead. During the run, Ingle would team up with Chaney and Riley for a pair of blocks. Albany fought back to within four at 15-19, but a kill from Riley and a solo block by Chelsea Visk helped Miami get the advantage back to six at 22-16. The Great Danes had a 6-2 run to make it 22-24, but Ingle smashed down a kill off of Riley's assist to give the RedHawks a 25-22 win.
 
Riley and Treadway came alive with two kills each as Miami took a 7-4 lead in set four. Albany responded with a 6-2 run to take a 10-9 advantage of its own. It would end up being the Great Danes' only lead of the set, as a kill by Riley, an attack error from Albany and a service ace by Treadway would give the RedHawks the lead right back at 12-10. Two kills by Chaney helped increase the advantage to 17-13. Albany pulled to within one at 16-17 with three straight points, but a 4-1 run by the Red and White would help put the set away. Ingle once again got the final point as Miami took a 25-21 victory.
 
The Great Danes took four of the first five points in the deciding set to put the RedHawks on their heels early. Miami fought right back as a block by Riley and Ingle and a service ace by Chaney would start a run of five straight points to give it a 6-4 lead and force Albany to take timeout. The Great Danes would take the next point, but Riley responded with two consecutive kills to give the RedHawks their largest lead at 8-5. Albany answered again by scoring the next three straight, but back-to-back kills by Riley and Treadway made it 10-8. The Great Danes would eventually go on a 3-1 run to tie the score at 11-11 and force Miami to take a timeout. 
 
Chaney scored two more kills out of the break off of Albany's serve, but each time the Great Danes would get the sideout right back to retie the score. Tied at 13, Albany would score on its own serve to set up match point. Riley would answer with a kill to fight it off and tie it at 14. The Great Danes would score again with another sideout. This time on the next point they were able to put it down and win the final set by a score of 16-14.
 
In addition to Riley and Chaney's fine offensive performances, Treadway, Ingle and Menche each recorded nine kills. As a team, Miami had 10 total blocks, with Ingle assisting on seven of them. Kendall had a double-double with 28 assists and 10 digs, while Madison Hardy led the RedHawks with 19 digs.
 
Miami completes play at the Diet Coke Classic with two games on Saturday. The RedHawks take on the host, 16th-ranked Minnesota at 11 a.m. (EDT). They follow it up with a match against LIU-Brooklyn at 6 p.m. (EDT).
 
IPFW 3, Eastern Michigan 0 
CHICAGO, Ill. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team dropped its opening match at the University of Illinois-Chicago Invitational Friday, Aug. 31. Eastern fell in straight sets to the IPFW Mastadons, 25-17, 25-20, and 25-21.
 
The Eagles fell to 4-2, while IPFW advanced to 4-1.
 
Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) paced the EMU offense with 17 kills. As a team the Eagles hit .087 (34-23-126) while IPFW was able to post a .252 attack percentage (49-16-131). Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) setup the Eastern offense by contributing 29 assists in the loss.
 
The Eagles struggled in the opening set hitting just .071 (12-9-42).
Iaquaniello notched five kills and Davis posted 10 assists. The Mastodons were able to hit .371 (16-3-35) en route to the 25-17 set win over EMU.
 
Iaquaniello earned a .375 attack percentage (6-0-16) while Davis notched 11 assists. IPFW hit .280 (19-5-50) as they took the second set 25-20.
 
Iaquaniello added six more kills in the final set of the match as EMU fell 25-21.
 
The Eagles have a pair of matches Saturday, Aug. 31. Eastern opens up the day with a 10 a.m. (CST) match with Texas-Arlington and finish out the tournament with host UIC at 7 p.m. (CST), Saturday Evening.
 
Michigan 3, Central Michigan 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Central Michigan dropped its opening contest of the adidas/Michigan Challenge Friday night, falling to No. 22 Michigan in straight sets. 
 
The Chippewas (2-2) appeared to be up for the challenge in the opening set, jumping out to a quick 5-1 lead that included back-to-back kills by sophomore Kaitlyn McIntyre and two attacking errors by the Wolverines (5-0). U of M came roaring back however, tying the match, 10-10, and eventually claiming a two-point lead, 21-19, to force CMU into a timeout. 
 
The Maroon and Gold were able to respond out of the timeout, scoring three straight points on a kill by senior Jocelyn VerVelde and two-straight attacking errors by the Maize and Blue. Another kill by VerVelde brought CMU within two points of claiming the first set, but Michigan scored three straight to take the first set, 25-23.
 
The Wolverines continued their momentum into the second set, scoring nine straight points to build a 12-3 advantage and eventually extended their lead to as many as sixteen, 22-6. CMU attempted to mount a dramatic comeback, scoring four straight to pull within 24-11, but Kelly Murphy put the match away for U of M, 25-11. 
 
The third set was much of the same for the home squad, as they were able to pull ahead, 12-4, and force CMU into a timeout. The Chippewas got as close as four, 17-13, on a kill by freshman Angelique White, but the Wolverines went on an 8-2 run to claim the match. 
 
McIntyre led the Chippewas with eight kills, while junior Kelly Maxwell dished out 16 assists. The Wolverines were able to hold the Chippewas to a season-low .086 hitting percentage, while converting at a .242 clip.
 
CMU continues the adidas/Michigan Challenge tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 when it takes on Arkansas for the first of two Saturday matches. They will conclude the tournament with a match versus UMBC at 5:30. 
 
Kentucky 3, Ohio 1
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball dropped its first game of the 2012 Baymont Invitational this evening to No. 10 Kentucky in four sets, 16-25, 16-21, 25-21, 21-25. Kelly Lamberti notched another double-double with a match-best 18 kills and 11 digs while classmate Chelsea Bilger racked up 10 kills, six digs and four blocks.
 
"We missed some opportunities late in the second set and that could have been big for us, so that was disappointing," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "I was thrilled with our crowd tonight and I appreciate the support. With the usual terrific community turnout and student showing, we probably had over 3,000 people here tonight to watch us play."
 
Lamberti and Bilger led the squad in kills with freshman Abby Gilleland finished with 36 assists. Gilleland and Lamberti each surpassed 10 digs with Meredith Ashy finishing with a team-high 13 digs. Serena Warner once again led the team in blocks with six.
 
Kentucky jumped out early, scoring the opening four points and forcing an Ohio timeout. UK's pressure did not stop following the break as the Blue and White stretched its lead to as many as eight at 16-8. UK capped the set with a 25-16 victory
 
Ohio earned an early advantage going up as many as six in the second set, 11-5, but a four-point run by Kentucky got it right back in the set. The Bobcats still led by three at 16-13 before UK evened things with a three-point rally. The Wildcats eventually went ahead by two at 19-17 and won the set 25-21.
 
The Green and White scored six of the first seven four points in the third set and never looked back. Ohio led by as many as seven before UK made a little rally. However, a kill by Bilger quelled the attempt as the 'Cats took the set, 25-21, and got back in the match.
 
"I thought Liis came in and served us to two great runs in the third and fourth sets," Theis added. "I thought Chelsea and Serena turned in solid all-around performances as well. But, we're just committing too many small mistakes that are adding up to cost us matches. The ceiling of this team is something I’m extremely excited about and if we get over this hump, we can really be something special."
 
In the fourth set, Ohio took a 7-6 lead on a kill by Faith Robins. However, the Blue and White responded with a four-point run to take a 10-7 advantage. The deficit would swell to seven at 17-10 before the Bobcats' determination took center stage.
 
An 11-5 run pulled Ohio within one as Lamberti notched, what would be, her final kill of the night. With the Convo rocking, Kentucky proved why it is the No. 10 team in the land with a four-point run to win the set and the match, 25-21.
 
The Baymont Invitational continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. with Kentucky vs. Oregon. The Bobcats are slated to play at 3 p.m. against Western Carolina and UK will play WCU in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
 
Oakland 3, Toledo 0
ROCHESTER, MI - Toledo could never get untracked on Friday evening as the Rockets suffered a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) setback at Oakland (1-3) in its first match of this weekend's Golden Grizzlies Invitational.
 
Junior OH Lauren Rafdal topped UT offensively with nine kills, while junior MB Dakota Harkins contributed six kills and a team-best .231 attack percentage. Senior libero McCall Paynter topped the Rockets' defensive efforts in the back row with sophomore MB Brooke Frazer leading the way at the net with a team-high two blocks.
 
"We have to play harder if we're going to beat a team like Oakland," Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith said. "We have to put this behind us and come back tomorrow with a much better effort."
 
Senior Meghan Bray paced Oakland with a match-high 15 kills, and sophomore OH Taylor Humm added a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs.
 
The Golden Grizzlies were clicking offensively throughout and posted a .352 hitting mark. Toledo was at the other end of the spectrum, notching a .085 ATK%. 
 
Toledo is back in action tomorrow with matches vs. Iowa at 10:00 a.m. and Eastern Illinois at 4:30 p.m. The Hawkeyes (4-1) posted a 3-2 (32-30, 25-13, 24-26, 25-20) victory over the Panthers (2-2) in the first match today.
 
Akron 3, Quinnipiac 0
AKRON, Ohio – A familiar scene was all Akron needed to get back on track Friday evening, shutting down Quinnipiac, 3-0, in the Zips' 2012 home opener at James A. Rhodes Arena and the second game of the Akron Invitational.
 
With the victory, UA improves to 2-3 on the year, and is now 45-12 overall in preseason tournaments at home over the course of the 17 seasons in which Akron has hosted its own invitational.
 
The Zips came out swinging and never looked back, putting three players in double figures for kills on the night, handing QU set scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-15.
 
UA went on a monster 8-0 run to command the first set, highlighted by two kills from Tina Dimitrijevs and one apiece from Janine Lawler and Chelsea Harvey. Dimitrijevs delivered five kills in that first set, finishing with 10 overall and just one error in 13 attempts for a match-high .692 attack percentage. That mark is also the seventh-best percentage by a Zip in a single match in program history.
 
Akron continued to keep the Bobcats on their toes, utilizing nearly every offensive weapon in its arsenal. Starting setter Morgan Kuhn, who tallied 31 assists, together with freshman setter Ashley Holder who chipped in nine, were never at a loss for options as they dished to the outside and the middle to create plays all over the floor.
 
Alex Wiederholt came up big for the Zips, leading both teams with 13 kills and swinging at a .571 clip. Harvey contributed 10 kills, and Lawler picked up a new career-high stat with seven kills in the match.
 
UA's blocking game set the tone in the second, as the Zips scored seven straight points to close out the set to go up 2-0. Paiton Twitty and Wiederholt were strong at the net, combining for back-to-back block assists and denying any chance of a Quinnipiac comeback.
 
Harvey and Wiederholt stepped up in the third set, teaming up for 12 of the team's 18 kills in that frame to put the match away. The Zips forfeited three straight match points, allowing QU to come back at 24-15 before a final Dimitrijevs kill made it an early night for the Bobcats.
 
Aside from the seven total team blocks, Akron's defensive effort was led by libero Jill Paluch, recording a match-high 14 digs.
 
The Akron Invitational will continue on Saturday, with only one match remaining between the Zips and Montana State. First serve is set for 5:00 p.m. ET at the JAR. MSU handed Quinnipiac a shutout earlier in the day Friday, with set scores of 25-20, 25-9 and 25-15.
 
Northern Illinois 3, Nevada 0
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team opened up its first West Coast trip since 1997 with its first sweep of 2012 as the Huskies (3-2) topped Nevada (1-3), 25-20, 25-16, 26-24, to open Pacific's Community Bankers Classic Friday evening at Alex G. Spanos Center.
 
The key to NIU's second straight victory was the stellar performance the Huskies received from their 2011 All-Mid-American Conference middle blockers Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) and Mary Kurisch (La Crosse, Wis./West Salem). The two combined to go 20-1-32 on the day for a .594 attack percentage. Each had 10 kills as Angelos had the lone error on 18 swings, adding a team-high three blocks. Kurisch was near perfect on 14 swings and had two blocks.
 
"I thought the middles did a nice job of connecting with Pookie (Alexis Gonzalez) tonight," said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. "I really thought our ball control helped us get into that spot. Kudos to our defenders for our ball control tonight."
 
California natives MacKenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) and Alexis Gonzalez (Fresno, Calif./Bullard) also came through for NIU in what might be their only chance during their Huskie careers to play in their home state. From the pin, Roddy notched a team-high 11 kills and was one dig shy of a double-double. Gonzalez ran the Huskie offense to the tune of 37 assists, five digs, three aces and had two kills on three swings with one error.
 
"We hope it was a fun experience for them both, being able to come back closer to their home towns and get a chance to play," Gooden said. "It's fun for us being out here."
 
In the back row, libero Amber Walker (Juneau, Alaska/Juneau Douglas/Western Oregon) paced NIU with 17 digs, while Sue Hayes (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley) added 12.
 
NIU took the first set thanks to an 8-3 run with the score tied at 17 as Angelos started the spurt with a kill and combo block with Gonzalez. The California girls sparked the second set win as Roddy broke a 10-10 tie with a kill and Gonzalez followed with a kill of her own. From there, NIU would finish the set on a 13-6 run. Trailing 15-11 in the third frame, three straight Wolf Pack errors helped NIU climb back. Then Roddy took over with a kill and two consecutive aces to put NIU ahead. After exchanging the lead three times, a triple block by Gonzalez, Kurisch and Roddy gave NIU match point, 24-23. Nevada matched with a kill, but Roddy put an end to the tussle in front of her hometown crowd with back-to-back kills.
 
Overall, NIU racked up large advantages in kills (41-29), hitting percentage (.206-.075) and digs (55-40) in improving to 2-0 all-time against Nevada. The two last met in 1992 - a four-set win at the Cal State-Northridge Invitational.
 
NIU continues the tournament tomorrow with two matches. The Huskies play Portland State (1-2) at 12 PM CT and tourney host Pacific (3-0) at 9 PM to wrap up the Classic. Both contests will feature live stats and live video for free on Pacific's Tournament Central webpage.
 
"The goal for us tomorrow is to go play-by-play," said Gooden. "We can't do it all in one play, one serve , or one swing. Both teams tomorrow are really good at playing solid volleyball for a long period of time. It will be a good challenge for us to play good, sustained volleyball."
 
Western Michigan 3, Milwaukee 2
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Western Michigan volleyball team battled their way back from a 2-0 deficit against Milwaukee, as the Broncos defeated the Panthers 3-2 (25-27, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-12) in their second match of the Panther Invitational on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 3-2 on the season, including a 2-0 record on the weekend. 
The Broncos were able to right the ship after dropping the first two sets against the Panthers, with improved net play directly correlating with the changing fortunes. The Broncos were out-blocked 6.0 to 3.0 by the Panthers after three sets of play, but the Broncos reversed that trend in the last two sets, outblocking UWM 9.0 to 4.0 in the final two periods. Freshman middle blocker Stephenee Yancy was the catalyst, recording six blocks in little more than two sets of work, and setter Terin Norris added five blocks of her own.
 
Offensively, the Broncos had four players reach double-digits in kills, with Gillian Asque and Ali Gossen each contributing 15 kills. Jessica Brown notched 13 kills, including the set-deciding tally, and Carlee Berland wrapped the match with 12. Norris notched her fourth double-double of the season with a career-high 64 assists and 12 digs, while Lena Oliver set the team-high with 22 digs.
 
The fifth set went back and forth throughout, until Berland and Brown combined with a block to give WMU a 10-9 lead late in the set. Gossen would record a kill on the next point to extend the lead, and it reached three points when Asque and Yancy's block made the score 13-10. Brown would deliver the final point of the set when she went off blockers from the left side, with the ball falling just out of bounds to give WMU the point.
 
The match began to turn early in the third set, when the Broncos came out of the intermission with a loose, nothing-to-lose attitude. The Broncos jumped out to a 6-4 lead early on kills from Asque and Richelle Ranney, though the Panthers would come back and take the lead not long after. WMU trailed 22-20, but came out of a timeout and recorded a 3-0 run to get back into the match. Berland notched a kill to cut the lead to one point, and Yancy recorded a kill on the next point to tie it up. Defense would lead the way to the next point, with Gossen and Yancy teaming up with a block to make it 23-22. After a Panther kill tied the score, Gossen and Asque would notch kills on consecutive points to give the set to the Broncos.
 
The fourth set saw the Broncos fully seize the wave of momentum, coming back from an early small deficit and putting the stranglehold on the match. The Broncos tied the match at 8-8 on a kill form Asque, and Norris would record a kill on the next point to give the Broncos the lead. The teams would stay tight throughout much of the set, with Milwaukee taking their last lead in the set when a kill gave them an 18-17 advantage. The Broncos would close the set on an 8-2 run, with Berland setting up set point with a kill and Brown delivering the dagger with an ace to take the 25-20 set win.
 
The first set featured back and forth action between the two teams, with neither team gaining a significant upper hand on the other for most of the action. The Broncos looked like they might have taken the driver's seat when Gillian Asque notched a kill to give the Broncos a 10-9 lead; that sparked a 4-1 run for the Broncos that gave them a 13-10 lead and forced a Panther timeout. UWM battled to keep it close, but the Broncos would again force a timeout when Gossen blasted kills on consecutive points to give the Broncos an 18-16 advantage.
 
The teams would hold close throughout, with Milwaukee eventually taking a 24-23 lead in the set. Carlee Berland would swing through the blockers to tie the set at 24, but the Panthers would not allow the Broncos to take the lead. After Gossen and Richelle Ranney teamed up for a block to tie the set at 25, the Panthers rattled off two straight points for the set win.