MAC Volleyball Tournament Central
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VIDEO: Northern Illinois Head Coach Ray Gooden
VIDEO: Northern Illinois Senior Meghan Romo
Northern Illinois 3, Akron 1 (20-25,25-20, 25-23, 25-18)
GENEVA, Ohio - The fourth-seeded Northern Illinois Huskies downed the fifth-seeded Akron Zips in four sets (20-25,25-20, 25-23, 25-18) in the first game of the 2012 MAC Volleyball Tournament at SPIRE Institute.
MacKenzie Roddy led NIU with 15 kills. As a team, the Huskies hit .209 in the match. Alex Cocklin led the Zips with 18 kills, with Akron hitting .184. In her first postseason appearance, Alexis Gonzalez put on quite a show. The rookie setter handed out 43 assists, had seven digs, four aces and three kills on nine errorless attempts.
“We weathered their storm,” said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden, who has won at least one match in eight of 11 MAC Tournament appearances. “We started off a little tight but we were fortunate enough to win the second set. With our serving and passing, I thought we did a good job of taking control. We stayed composed and did a really good job of settling down. That helped us pull away in the match.”
With the 20th win of the season, Gooden earned his fifth season with 20 or more wins and third in a row. NIU has appeared in the MAC semifinals six other times (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011).
Northern Illinois advances to play the winner of No. 1 Ohio and No. 8 Ball State in the MAC Semifinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.