Friday's MAC Results
Dayton 3, Western Michigan 1
Notre Dame, Ohio
UCF 3, Central Michigan 0
Courtesy of MAC Sports Inforamtion Departments
Dayton 3, Western Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan volleyball team pushed the #13 Dayton Flyers to the limit on Friday, but the Broncos ultimately fell 3-1 (25-27, 25-22, 16-25, 22-25) at University Arena in the 2012 season finale. With the loss, the Broncos finish their season with a 21-11 record.
Jessica Brown had a dominant offensive effort in the final match of her career, notching 16 kills and recording just two errors on 35 swings for a .400 hitting percentage. Terin Norris had a double-double of 45 assists and 10 digs, and Ali Gossen just narrowly missed one of her own with 14 kills and nine digs. Lena Oliver paced the Broncos' defensive effort with 21 digs, and three other players - Norris, Kaycee Acree, and Caroline Rose - broke double digits in digs.
The Broncos narrowly fell 27-25 in the first set, and in fact held set point after Stephenee Yancy notched a kill to make it 24-23. The Flyers scored the next two points to take a 25-24 lead, but Carlee Berland wiped out that lead with a kill. Dayton's Megan Campbell recorded a kill to give her team set point, and Yancy's attack error on the subsequent point gave the Flyers the lead.
A hot start from the Broncos would tie the match up in the second set, however. Gossen recorded a pair of kills to give the Broncos a 5-3 lead early, and the teams battled back and forth throughout. Dayton took the lead at 18-17, and in fact built their lead to 19-17, but Gossen recorded a kill to cut the lead in half, and a Dayton attack error tied the set at 19. Gossen would notch kills on consecutive points to give the Broncos a 22-20 lead, and an attack error from Isolde Hannan gave the Broncos a set point at 24-22. Yancy and Norris finished the set off with a block to tie the match at 1-1.
Dayton controlled the third set to take a 2-1 match lead, but the Broncos forced the Flyers into a pitched battle in the fourth to keep it close. Dayton took a 15-11 lead thanks to a kill from Shayne Brown, but Berland sparked a 4-1 run to pull the Broncos tight. Norris would rip a tip-kill to 16-14, and Yancy would make it a one-point set with ak ill to make it 16-15. Dayton started to pull away late, but Yancy stunted their attempt to finish with a kill to make it 24-22. Hannan would make the difference, though, ripping a kill to give the Flyers the set and the match.
Ohio 3, Notre Dame 2
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball closed out the home portion of its 2012 schedule on Friday night, beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a final score of 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 15-25, 21-25, 15-11). The match marked the second straight time in which Ohio and Notre Dame have gone to five sets, with the Bobcats coming out on top each time.
Chelsea Bilger led the way offensively for Ohio, generating a game-high 18 kills on 39 swings. The sophomore was one of four Bobcats to accumulate double figures in kills, as Serena Warner (12 kills), Kelly Lamberti (12), and Karin Bull (10) were not far behind.
The Bobcats hit .200 as a team and registered 12 total team blocks. Notre Dame was successful on offense at a rate of .253 and accumulated 13 total team blocks.
Five players for the Fighting Irish achieved 10 or more kills, with Jeni Houser's 16 leading the team. Houser had a strong day for Notre Dame, operating offensively at a clip of .344 and also assisting on three blocks.
Ohio leapt out to a fast two-set lead, winning each of the first frames by a close 25-23 margin. The Bobcats accumulated 31 kills on their first 67 attacks, hitting at a .358 clip. Ohio was able to keep Notre Dame to a reasonable percentage during these two sets, as the `Cats combined for six total blocks en route to allowing the Irish to hit at a rate of .292.
Bull (Bloomington, Minn.), Bilger (Fishers, Ind.), and Warner (Houston, Texas) had strong early sets for the Green and White, as each of these student-athletes connected on seven kills. Warner hit at an incredibly efficient rate of 7-for-8 and also added one solo block to her scoring efforts.
Notre Dame clawed its way back into the match in the third and fourth sets, winning both of them to tie things up at 2-2. The Fighting Irish hit .333 as a team in the third set while limiting Ohio to a success rate of .026. The visitors followed this up with a fourth-set victory which was highlighted by the offensive performance of Toni Alugbue, who connected on five kills and hit .400 in this fourth set.
When the pressure was on in the fifth and final set, Ohio played with poise. Recently named 2012 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Lamberti had a strong set, hitting three kills on her five attempts. One of these came with Ohio facing an 8-7 deficit, making it the last time the Bobcats would trail in the set. Following Lamberti's kill to level the scores at eight, the `Cats didn't look back. Robins had a crucial kill at 11-11, setting up a four-point streak which would ultimately end the match. Freshman Carley Jones (Edgewood, Ky.) served out the final three points of the match, earning one service ace before Warner ended the match with a solo block on a Hilary Eppink attack attempt.
Without an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Ohio Volleyball's season will have come to an end Friday evening unless the program is awarded an at-large bid at the annual Selection Show. The Selection Show for the 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
UCF 3, Central Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan volleyball program fell in straight sets at Central Florida Friday night, losing 21-25, 21-25, 21-25.
With the loss the Chippewas (15-14) are one game above .500 with one game to play tomorrow evening at South Florida. CMU is looking to finish the season above .500 for the sixth time under head coach Erik Olson.
The Chippewas were able to grab an early 5-4 lead on a kill by freshman Angelique White and reclaimed the lead once again, 6-5, on a kill by junior Danielle Gotham. The Knights (17-15) then went on a quick 4-0 run that allowed them to take a lead they did not relinquish. UCF's three-point advantage held strong until a kill from Angelica Crump and a service ace by DeLaina Sarden allowed it to take a 20-15 lead and force a CMU timeout.
CMU came out of the timeout and capped a 4-0 run of their own on an ace by sophomore Kaitlyn McIntyre, forcing a UCF timeout, and eventually tied the set, 21-21, on a kill by Val DeWeerd. The Knights scored four straight after DeWeerd's kill however for a 25-21 victory.
Again CMU was able to grab the lead early on in the second set, holding a 13-9 advantage after a service error on the Knights, but redshirt freshman Haley Barker gave the point right back on a service error, sparking a 10-2 UCF run that allowed it to take a 19-15 lead. The Knights pushed their lead to five, 23-18, forcing a CMU timeout and ultimately claimed the set on a kill by Evija Vilde.
After the break the Chippewas attempted to turn the momentum in their favor and get back in the match, using a quick 3-0 run midway through the third set that included an ace by junior Jenna Coates to grab a 13-10 lead. UCF called a timeout and responded with a 7-3 run to reclaim the lead, 19-16, and held off a late rally in which CMU pulled within two, 21-19, on a kill by Hallie Enderle.
McIntyre led the Chippewas with a double-double, recording a team-high 13 kills and 17 digs, while senior Lindsey Dulude finished the night with nine kills and eight digs. Dulude now needs 11 digs in the Chippewas' final match tomorrow evening to become the third player in program history to record at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
The Chippewas and Bulls will square off in Tampa, Fla., at 7 p.m.