Friday's Volleyball Results

Updated 8/31/2013


Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Buffalo 3, Niagara 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Canisius 1
Miami 3, Gardner-Webb 0
Ball State 3, Austin Peay 0
Buffalo 3, Temple 0
Toledo 3, Loyola-Chi. 2
Eastern Michigan 3, Hartford 2
Western Michigan 3, Northwestern 2
Ohio 3, Bryant 0
Northern Illinois 3, Green Bay 0
Marist 3, Toledo 1
Rutgers 3, Kent State 0
Oakland 3, Central Michigan 1
Marquette 3, Bowling Green 1
BUFFALO, NY - Total domination over the first two sets led the University at Buffalo volleyball team to a 3-0 victory in its season-opener on Friday afternoon against cross-town rival Niagara.  The Bulls took advantage of a balanced attack as three players had at least seven kills and senior Christine Fritsche nearly equaled the Niagara kill total with 11 on her own.
The Bulls took the match, 25-14, 25-13, 25-21 as they outhit Niagara, .238 to .014.  In the opening set, UB jumped out to a 7-1 lead as a kill from junior Liz Scott led to the first Purple Eagle timeout.  The Bulls opened their lead to 13-3 and continued to lead by 10 late in the set, 19-9.  The Bulls closed out the opening set with a kill from sophomore Akeila Lain to take the 1-0 lead in the match.
UB's most dominant set offensively came in the second as it hit .560, recording 16 kills and just two errors.  With the set tied at 7-7, the Bulls went on a 13-3 run to take a 20-10 lead.  In the run were three service aces, including two from sophomore Tahleia Bishop.  The Bulls also got four straight points off serves from senior Kelly Svoboda, including one of her match-high three aces.  The Bulls went on to win the second set 25-13.
The third set remained the most competitive as the Bulls jumped out to an early 14-10 lead, but were unable to put the Purple Eagles away.  UB got its lead up to 21-15 following a Svoboda ace, but Niagara pulled within two at 23-21, forcing the Bulls to call their first timeout of the entire match.  The quick breather worked as back-to-back kills from senior Dana Musil sealed the match for Buffalo.
Fritsche led the way with 11 kills for the Bulls, while senior Carissa McKenna added nine.  Sophomore Amber Hatchett made the most of her season-opener, recording seven kills and just one error on 10 total attacks.  The Chicago native added a match-high four blocks.  Scott added six kills, while Musil and Lain each had four.  Senior Dani Reinert and junior transfer Taylor Pritchett split time running the offense as Reinert finished with 17 assists and eight digs, while Pritchett had 16 assists and a pair of digs.
Svoboda had a match-high 14 digs, while Fritsche joined Reinert with eight and Bishop finished with six.
The Bulls continue play at the UB Invite tonight as they host Temple.
BUFFALO, N.Y. ( -- The Eastern Michigan University Head Volleyball Coach Kim Berrington opened her 18th season at the helm of the volleyball program with a 3-1 victory over Canisius College at the 2013 Golden Griffin Invitational Friday, Aug. 31. The new look Eagles showed versatility across the court including a top-notch performance from sophomore outside hitter Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) who posted her first career 20-kill match as well as her first double-double at the collegiate ranks.
Perinar led EMU with career-best 20 kills and 12 digs in the four set match. The sophomore shattered her previous career-high in kills by 16, while notching 10 more digs than in any other single match of her freshman campaign. Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) had a double-digit performance with 12 kills, while posting a .308 (12-4-26) attack percentage. Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) added 11 kills and 17 digs for her first double-double of the season, while Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) set up the offense for the majority of the match and collected 42 assists. Kelsey Jones (Reed City, Mich.-Reed City) had a career-match as well after posting nine kills on 15 attempts without an attack error. She led the Eagles in attack percentage at .600.
Defensively, Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) accumulated 31 digs to lead EMU, while the Green and White notched seven total blocks including four block assists from Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville). Jones had one solo block and a trio of block assists in the win.
In the first set the Eagles trailed 23-19 and with their backs against the wall, they were able to rattle off five-straight points to take a 24-23 lead. It took just three more points for the Green and White to take the set, 26-24, when Jones banged home her fourth kill of the game. Despite hitting just .151 (18-10-53) the Eagles defense was able to keep the Golden Griffins to just 10 kills in the opening frame. Perinar led EMU with six kills, while Crawshaw and Jones each added four and Roback contributed three in the first set win.
Set two was a different story for the Eagles as they allowed Canisius to tie the match, 1-1, after a 27-25 set loss. The Eagles had just nine kills in the frame, while hitting at a .023 (9-8-44) clip. Despite Perinar adding four kills, the Green and White could only muster another five kills from the rest of the squad. However, Eastern's defense was able to hold the Golden Griffins to a .085 (12-8-47) attack percentage in the set.
The third frame proved to be the Eagles' most dominant offensive showing in the match. As a team, EMU hit .320 (20-4-50) with just four attack errors in the set. Perinar added another six to her total, while Crawshaw notched five more. Davis set up most of those kills as she picked up 16 assists in the frame, which helped Eastern to a 25-22 set victory, putting the Green and White back on-top, 2-1.
The fourth set was the final that EMU took, 25-19. Short posted five of her seven total kills in the set, while Perinar added another four. Davis notched 14 assists in the frame as EMU went 19-8-47 for a .234 attack percentage. Defensively, the Green and White held Canisius to just six kills and a .114 (6-2-35) hitting percentage in the final frame.
The Eagles are back in action later this evening when they take on Hartford University in their second match of 2013. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman middle hitter Paige Hill had a spectacular debut for the Miami University volleyball team, recording 11 kills to help lead the RedHawks to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-10) victory over Gardner-Webb to open the Belmont Invitational. Miami improves to 1-0 on the season, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs fall to 0-1.
Hill was nearly flawless during the match, recording only one attack error in 21 attempts. She hit .476 overall and also contributed six digs, three blocks and two service aces.
“It was a great match for Paige,” said head coach Carolyn Condit. “She had the sense to know when to be up for her setters. She saw the opposing court extremely well and kept her errors to the minimum.”
Gardner-Webb opened a 6-3 lead to begin the first set. Kills by Hill, sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney and sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle helped the RedHawks pull into a tie at seven. The teams traded points until the Runnin’ Bulldogs were able to push the advantage back to three at 15-12 and force a Miami timeout.
Trailing 14-17, the RedHawks made their run. Hill had a kill and assisted on two blocks as Miami scored the next six points to go in front, 20-17. Gardner-Webb answered with two straight points to cut the deficit to one, but a kill and a service ace by Hill, along with three attack errors by the Runnin’ Bulldogs gave the RedHawks a 25-19 opening set win.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs once again started off strong, opening up a 6-0 lead to begin set two. A kill from Ingle and two straight from junior outside hitter Meg Riley began a 7-1 run that quickly tied the score at seven apiece. Tied at nine, a block by Hill and junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk started a 5-2 run that put Miami in front, 14-11. The RedHawks were able to maintain that advantage for the next several points, as a pair of Gardner-Webb attack errors gave Miami a 19-17 lead.
GWU scored four straight points to take a 21-19 advantage and force the Red and White to call timeout. Out of the break, the Runnin’ Bulldogs scored the next point, but two straight kills by Hill off Riley assists would cut the deficit to one. A service error made it 23-21 in favor of Gardner-Webb, but Miami responded right back with a kill from freshman outside hitter Maris Below. An attack error by GWU tied the score at 23 and this time it was the Runnin’ Bulldogs who called timeout. After that break, Ingle put down a kill and Hill recorded her second service ace of the match to earn a 25-23 victory for the Red and White.
There would be no slow start for Miami in set three as three kills from Below helped the RedHawks jump to a 10-3 advantage. Hill and Riley each put down kills off of freshman setter Krista Brakauskas’ assist to push the lead to 11 at 17-6. In front 19-8, Miami finished with a 6-2 run to earn a dominating, 25-10, win.
“Our backcourt deserves some credit because they dug the ball very well in set three,” said Condit.
Riley and Ingle each finished with six kills, while Below put down five. Riley led the way with 18 assists, while junior libero Tori Clifford had 15 digs. Miami hit .196 as a team, and held Gardner-Webb to a .034 hitting percentage.
The RedHawks complete play at the Belmont Invitational on Saturday with a pair of matches. Miami takes on Memphis at 11 a.m. (EDT). It then faces the host Bruins at 7 p.m. (EDT).
TAMPA, Fla. - - Trailing by six points midway through the third set, the Ball State women’s volleyball team battled back to complete a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 26-24) season-opening sweep of Austin Peay Friday afternoon at The Corral in its first match of the USF Tournament.
“Our mental toughness was tested right out of the gate,” said fourth-year head coach Steve Shondell. “After playing a fantastic first set, we had to fight from behind after trailing late in the final two sets. We demonstrated the mental toughness we will need this year to win close sets and matches. It took a great team effort to win in three tonight, which was our goal.”
Leading the charge for the Cardinals was redshirt sophomore middle hitter Hayley Benson who blasted a career-high tying 10 kills to go along with a match and career-best .667 (10-5-15) attack percentage. Benson also led the Ball State defense at the net with three total blocks, including a pair of solo stuffs.
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling made the most of her Ball State debut, blasting a match-best and career-high 16 kills to go along with 12 digs for her first career double-double. She also served up a match and career-high three aces.
Senior middle hitter Mindy Marx added eight kills and a .471 (8-0-17) attack mark, while senior opposite Lauren Grant blasted six kills, including three of the match’s final four points.
Senior setter Jacqui Seidel led the Ball State offense to a .225 (47-15-142) attack mark by dishing out 42 assists. She also collected 11 digs for her 19th career double-double.
In the backcourt, senior libero Catie Fredrich paced all players with 20 digs, marking her 22nd career match with 20-or-more digs.
Jada Stotts led the Austin Peay attack with 13 kills, while April Adams collected a team-high 18 digs. Syd Litchfield, the daughter of former Ball State women’s volleyball head coach Randy Litchfield (1989-2006), tallied 11 digs and a kill for the Lady Govs.
The Cardinals came out strong in the opening set, as kills from Benson and Fuelling helped BSU build an early 3-0 lead. While another kill from Fuelling kept the Ball State edge at three, Austin Peay rallied back to tie the score 5-5. With the lead cut to one at 8-7, the Cardinals posted a 7-2 run, capped by a Fuelling ace, to pull ahead 15-9. From there, Ball State cruised to a 25-19 victory with Grant providing the set-ending kill.
Ball State scored the first two points of the second set, only to see the Lady Govs battle back and tie the frame at 4-4. From there, the teams traded punches to a 20-20 stalemate. Ball State was forced to call a timeout three points later, however, as kills from Litchfield and Sammie Ebright, surrounding a BSU attack error, gave Austin Peay a 23-20 edge.
Following the stoppage, Benson would shift the momentum back to BSU's side of the court with a kill, while back-to-back APSU attack errors helped the Cardinals tie the set at 23. Fuelling then closed out the set, at 25-23, with back-to-back kills.
The Lady Govs took command early in the third set, scoring five of the first six points. While Ball State answered with three straight points, APSU would tally eight of the next 11 markers to build a six-point cushion, at 13-7.
The Cardinals would answer the challenge, however, as they battled back to even the score at 21-21 on a kill from Benson. A kill from Grant would give BSU its first match-point, at 24-23, only to have Ebright keep the Lady Govs alive with a kill of her own. Grant would get right back in the swing of things with back-to-back tallies to end the frame at 26-24 and complete the Cardinals’ sweep of Austin Peay.
The Ball State women's volleyball team concludes play in the 2013 USF Tournament Saturday with matches versus The Citadel (11:30 a.m.) and host USF (7 p.m.).
BUFFALO, NY - Sophomore Tahleia Bishop became the first UB volleyball player in school history to record 20 kills in a three-set match, as she helped lead the Bulls to a 3-0 sweep of Temple.  After big wins in the first two sets, UB rode the momentum of a boisterous crowd and came back in the third and final set to finish a perfect 2-0 on the opening day of competition.
The Bulls took the match 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 as they hit .271 on the night, opposed to .076 for the Owls.  In the opening set, the match was tied 7-7 when UB went on an 8-2 run, capped off on a kill from Bishop, who had four kills in the opening set.  The Owls pulled back within two at 16-14, but UB rattled off three straight points, including back-to-back kills from senior Christine Fritsche.  The Bulls went on to win the opening set 25-17.
Temple took an early 7-5 lead in the second set, but a 13-4 Buffalo run put the Bulls up 18-11.  The run was capped off on a kill from Bishop, who finished with nine kills and just one error in the second set.  The run helped the Bulls coast to a second straight 25-17 victory and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Like UB's match this afternoon, the third set proved to be the tightest of all.  Neither team took more than a two-point lead at anytime during the set, but Temple did have its first set point, up 24-23 late.  A kill from Bishop tied the match up and then another kill from junior Liz Scott gave the Bulls a 25-24 advantage.  Following a Temple time out, the Bulls put an exclamation point on the evening with a block from Scott and Amber Hatchett to secure the win.
"I was very happy with today's outcomes and the best thing for me was that we continued to get better as the day went along," said head coach Todd Kress.  "I thought we got contributions from a number of different players and the energy in our building tonight was fantastic."
Bishop's 20 kills were a career high and nearly half of the team's total of 42.  Fritsche added seven kills and Scott had six.  Sophomore Akeila Lain added five kills and just one error, while Hatchett finished with four.  The Bulls had 39 assists as a team with 22 coming from senior Dani Reinert, while junior Taylor Pritchett added 15.
Defensively, senior Kelly Svoboda finished with 20 digs, while Pritchett added seven and Reinert, Bishop and Dana Musil each had four.  The Bulls finished with 9.0 team blocks, led by five from Hatchett.  Scott and Bishop each added three, including two solos from Bishop.
The Bulls will wrap up play at the UB Invite tomorrow night with a rematch against the Niagara Purple Eagles at 7:00 pm.  Niagara and Temple will play earlier in the afternoon at 3:00 pm.
Today's matches will be shown on tape delay on Time Warner Cable Sports on Sunday beginning and 6pm and Monday morning beginning at 11am.  In both cases the Niagara match will be shown first and the Temple match will follow.
TOLEDO, OH – Facing what appeared to be an insurmountable deficit, Toledo rallied for a 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13) victory over Loyola (IL) in its second game of the day at the Blue/Gold Invitational in Savage Arena. In addition to dropping the first two sets, the Rockets (1-1) also bounced back from a 20-16 deficit in the fourth set to stay alive in the contest.
Senior OH Lauren Rafdal paced UT’s attack for a second-straight match with a match-high 21 kills, including the decisive termination to end the evening.  Joining Rafdal in double figures in kills were senior OH Becca Reidy (15 kills, .282 ATK%) and freshman OH Alyssa Ehrhardt (11 kills). Senior S Adria Pryor directed Toledo’s offense to a .234 team attack percentage while accumulating 55 assists and 12 digs.
Senior MB Dakota Harkins and Reidy impacted the match at the net defensively with seven and five blocks, respectively, while freshman libero Ellen Hays led the Rockets’ defensive efforts in the back row with a team-high 17 digs.
Sophomore OH Kathleen Vogel’s 19 kills paced the Ramblers (1-1) offensively with sophomore OH Maureen Carls notching 10 kills and a match-best .474 hitting mark. Sophomore libero Stephanie Kinane topped Loyola defensively with a match-high 20 digs.
The first two sets were evenly played with 25 tie scores and 13 lead changes but the Rockets didn’t have anything to show for it. UT broke away from the Ramblers midway through Set 3 when kills from Ehrhardt and Reidy capped off a 6-1 spurt to give the Rockets a 20-14 advantage.
Toledo then took a 12-9 lead early in Set 4 only to see the visitors appear to take control with a 20-16 lead. The Rockets then registered three straight blocks to spark a 7-0 burst for a 23-20 advantage. That was all that UT needed to send the match to a deciding fifth set.
The Rockets never trailed in the final set but nearly let the Ramblers back in the contest after seeing a 14-10 lead reduced to a single point. Rafdal then ended any hopes of a Loyola comeback with her 21st kill of the evening.
Toledo returns to action tomorrow night when it host Eastern Illinois at 7:00 p.m. The Panthers dropped a 3-2 decision to Loyola earlier today before sweeping Marist later in the day. Tomorrow’s first three matches will pit EIU vs. West Virginia at 10:00 a.m., Loyola vs. Marist at Noon and Loyola vs. West Virginia at 5:00 p.m. UT will close out the tournament against the Mountaineers on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
BUFFALO, N.Y. ( – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team has started its season 2-0 after coming back from two sets down against Hartford University Friday, Aug. 30, to prevail in a five set victory at the 2013 Golden Griffin Invitational. EMU dropped the first two sets, 23-25 and 24-26, before rattling off three straight, 25-17, 25-16 and 15-12, to earn its second win in as many attempts.
Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) led the Eastern offense with 21 kills, while posting 18 digs. The senior outside hitter also set a match-high in kills and posted the best attack percentage, .340 (21-4-50), in the Eagles' second victory of the 2013 season. Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) notched her second-straight double-digit kill performance with 12, while Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) added 10 of her own. Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) posted 39 assists in five sets, while Sierra Reed (Muncie, Ind.-Wapahani) led the match with 26 digs. As a team the Eagles had 13 total blocks including eight block assists from redshirt-sophomore Kesley Jones (Reed City, Mich.-Reed City).
EMU dropped the first set, 25-23, after hitting .205 (11-3-39) in the frame. Hartford was strong offensively in the first set picking up 19 kills, including seven from Dionna Kirton and a three-for-four performance from Maya Louis. Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) posted six assists in the first set, while Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) and Roback each had a trio of kills.
The Green and White fell behind, 2-0, after a 26-24 setback in the second frame. Eastern had trouble keeping up with the Hawks' offense as Hartford posted a .333 (17-5-36) attack percentage in the set. Roback and Short were each able to pick up four kills, and Davis had 10 assists in the frame but EMU had just a .200 (13-6-35) hitting percentage in the set.
After falling behind two sets, the Green and White ramped up the offense in the third set to cut into the deficit, 2-1. The Eagles had just two attack errors in the 25-17 set victory, including a 7-1-12 performance from Roback, good for a .500 attack percentage. Davis added another 10 assists to her total, while Eastern defense held Hartford to a .152 (12-7-33) hitting percentage in the set.
EMU continued to play stellar defense en route to a 25-16 fourth set victory. On their way to tying the match the defense only allowed a -.048 (8-10-42) attack percentage from the Hawks. Roback added another four kills and Davis setup nine points for the Eagles to take the match to a fifth and final set.
Eastern again held Hartford to a dismal .043 (7-6-23) hitting percentage in the final set, while EMU had just three attack errors in the 15-12 fifth set win that gave the Eagles their second win of the 2013 campaign.
After a 2-0 start, the Eagles continue the 2013 campaign Saturday, Aug. 31, with their final match of the Golden Griffin Invitational. EMU will take on Cleveland State University Saturday afternoon with first serve slated for 2 p.m. at Koessler Athletic Center.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat their first B1G opponent in four years, as the Broncos downed the Northwestern Wildcats 3-2 (18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-11) at University Arena on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 1-0 on the season, winning their season opener for the second time in three seasons.  The last time the Broncos defeated a B1G was during the 2009 season, when they downed Indiana 3-1 in Bloomington.
Stephenee Yancy led the Broncos offensively with an at-times dominant presence, notching a match-high 19 kills on 33 swings with five errors for a .424 hitting percentagel. Yancy was a stalwart defensively as well, tying for the team lead with seven blocks. Lexie Pawlik dished out 52 assists in her Bronco debut to go along with seven blocks, five digs, and three aces. Two other Broncos making their Kalamazoo premieres - Rachel Sheffer and Alysia Baznik - reached double digits in kills, posting 13 and 11, respectively. Lena Oliver had a match-high 24 digs.
The Broncos fell just short in the second set, but collected themselves during the long intermission and came out loaded for bear in the third frame. After the Wildcats pulled to within 4-3 early in the set, WMU went on a 5-0 tear that was sparked by a kill from Yancy. Ave Stout notched blocks on each of the next two points to make it 7-3, and a Northwestern blocking error capped the run at 9-3. Stout and Sheffer stretched the lead to 12-4 with a blcok of Savannah Paffen, and Pawlik posted two straight aces to give the Broncos a 10-point advantage. The Wildcats would get no closer than four points the rest of the way, with Sheffer delivering the kill shot at 25-15 to take the set.
WMU kept the head on in the fourth set, taking a 5-1 lead on the strength of two straight blocks from Yancy and Pawlik. Northwestern found a spark and took a 10-9 lead on a Yewande Akanbi kill, but Baznik responded with a kill to tie it. Yancy would get in on the action at the net again, teaming with Claire Gerwig to get the tiebreaker block and teaming with Pawlik on the next point to give her team a 12-10 lead. The Wildcats made it a two-point game at 16-14, but the Broncos stretched the lead out with a 5-2 run to make it 21-16 and force a Northwestern timeout. WMU eventually got the set win at 25-20 on an NU attack error.
Now infused with the momentum, WMU fended off a pesky Northwestern flurry late in the fifth set to close out the match. The Broncos took an 8-4 lead at the time the teams mirrored on the court, but the Wildcats scored five of the next six points to tie the match at 9-9. Pawlik broke the tie with a powerful lefty swing for the kill, and Sheffer and Baznik went back-to-back to take the 12-9 edge. Baznik and Stout combined for a block to make it 13-9, and Baznik closed the match with a kill.
EUGENE, Ore. – The Ohio University volleyball team (1-0) opened the 2013 season with a strong 3-0 victory (25-15, 25-10, 25-14) over Bryant University (0-1) Friday at the Oregon Classic in Eugene, Ore.
The Bobcats hit .521 as a team – the team’s highest combined mark in more than four years – and held Bryant to .116 from the floor. The Cats knocked down 44 kills to Bryant’s 22 and notched eight service aces on the night.
Junior outside hitter Kelly Lamberti (Cary, Ill.) – the 2012 MAC Player of the Year - led the Bobcat offense with a match-high 13 kills while hitting .500 and chipping in three digs. Freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.) impressed in her Ohio debut, knocking down 10 kills at a clip of .471 and adding three block assists, while redshirt junior Liis Kullerkann (Keila, Estonia) posted eight kills (.538) and added a service ace for Ohio.
Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) – a preseason All-MAC selection - contributed a match-high 29 assists and added four kills and five digs, while sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) chipped in a match-high seven digs.
Freshman outside hitter/libero Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.) aided the Bobcats in her debut with a match-high three service aces while pitching in three digs.
Ohio raced out to a 7-3 lead in the opening set before the Bulldogs rallied with a 6-1 run to pull ahead, 13-11. From there, the Bobcats ramped up their offensive game, with eight kills over their final 12 points of the set. Lamberti posted four of those kills en route to a first set in which she contributed five kills, two digs and hit at .625. The Bobcats also notched four aces in the set, including two from Salis.
The Bobcats picked up where they left off in set one by scoring six of the first seven points of the second frame. A kill by Lamberti increased the Ohio advantage to nine (13-4) and the lead swelled to 11 (17-6) on a kill from sophomore Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.). With the score at 23-8, the Bobcats were hitting at an impressive .939, and ultimately finished the frame with a .824 hitting percentage en route to the 25-10 set victory. The ‘Cats limited the Bulldogs to just a .045 clip in the set.
Ohio notched nine of the third set’s first 12 points and took a 14-6 lead on a kill by Horton. Bryant cut the Bobcat edge to six at 17-11, but Ohio notched eight of the set’s last 11 points to clinch the match victory.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday at 4 p.m. against Eastern Washington in the second match of the Oregon Classic. Ohio wraps up the tournament with a 10 p.m. contest against No. 8 Oregon.
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois volleyball team got their season off to a good start Friday night in Victor E. Court, as they defeated the Green Bay Phoenix, 3-2, at the NIU Invitational.
With a win against the former NIU assistant coach Michaela Franklin-led Phoenix, the Huskies extended their home-opener win streak to six matches and 12 of their last 13.
“Every year’s going to be different and, with this group, I think we have some real good talent on our team,” said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. “I think we are a team that’s starting to get some experience. We knew Michaela’s group was going to play hard and once they made a couple adjustments, they really made us play. In the end, we did a real nice job. We got contributions from a lot of people, which I thought, going into tonight’s match, that a lot of people could help our team out.”
With three freshmen – Mary Grace Kelly, Paige Dacanay and Jenna Radtke – in the starting lineup, the Huskies got off to a great start offensively and defensively. Beginning with Kelly’s ace to begin the match, the Huskies built a 10-6 lead on the Phoenix before Green Bay scored four of the next six points to get within two at 12-10. Yet, a Mackenzie Roddy kill and Lauren Zielinski block stemmed the change in momentum temporarily. After Green Bay got back within two points at 16-14, the Huskies went on a 9-4 run to claim a 25-18 set victory.
NIU took advantage of the early lead by taking a quick 7-3 edge on the Phoenix in the second stanza, thanks in no small part to Roddy and Zielinski’s two kills each. The home team would keep Green Bay on edge for most of the second set before taking control. Holding on to a 10-6 advantage, consecutive kills by Emily Paschke and Kelly, along with an attack error by Green Bay, extended the Huskie lead to 12-6. The superior frontline work of Sarah Angelos, Radtke, Roddy, and Kelly prevented the Phoenix from gaining any kind of momentum, as the Huskie defense held Green Bay to a .050 hitting percentage in the first half compared the NIU’s .442 mark.
Ironically, the Phoenix arose from their first-half struggles and got back into the match with a third set win. With the score tied a 3-3, Green Bay went on a 5-1 run courtesy of a pair of kills and two Huskie errors. Despite a valiant effort from NIU, the Huskies failed to get within striking distance. While Green Bay vastly improved on the offensive end in the third set behind a .343 hitting percentage, Northern hit a badly-timed slump with seven attack errors and three service errors in the third set alone.
Things failed to improve for the Huskies early in the fourth set, either, as Green Bay forged a quick 5-1 lead following consecutive Phoenix blocks and a Huskie hitting error. The lead grew to 10-5 for the visitors before the Huskies began to chip away at the lead. Looking for a boost, Gooden inserted senior Tori Halbur to serve in Angelos’ spot in the rotation. The move paid off as Halbur scored aces on her first two serves to get NIU within one. However, a Green Bay kill ended the run, but the Huskies stayed neck and neck with the Phoenix until the match was tied at 23-all. After a Phoenix timeout, Roddy got NIU in position to win the match with a well-timed kill. However, the Huskies could not take advantage of the opportunity. The team’s traded points until an NIU service error and Phoenix block gave Green Bay the fourth set.
Much like the previous two sets, Green Bay came out on fire and got a quick 4-0 lead before NIU was forced to use a timeout. The break worked in the Huskies’ favor, as they outscored the Phoenix 9-4 to claim an 9-8 lead. After another service error, Northern took control with three straight kills from Radtke and Roddy. Though the Phoenix snuck back to within one at 12-11, the Huskies sent the home fans home happy by ending the match on a 4-0 run.
Individually, Roddy led the Huskies with 21 kills, followed by Angelos with 13 and Kelly with a dozen. Meanwhile, five Huskies notched double-digit digs led by Roddy’s 21. The big key to NIU’s victory came from outblocking the Phoenix, 14-4, including Zielinski’s four solo stuffs.
The Huskies return to the court tomorrow with a pair of matches. At 2 p.m., NIU faces the Liberty Flames, then closes the NIU Invitational with a matchup against 23rd-ranked Ohio State.
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo was unable to sustain the momentum from a convincing opening-set win and dropped a 3-1 (18-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-21) decision to Marist at the Blue-Gold Invitational in Savage Arena. The match was the first of the season for both schools.
Senior OH Lauren Rafdal led UT offensively with 14 kills and was the only Rocket to reach double digits in that category. Senior MB Dakota Harkins, a 2012 second-team All-MAC honoree, tallied five kills and a .500 ATK% but was limited by an ankle injury. She left the match during the first set and didn’t return until midway through the fourth set.
Freshman libero Ellen Hays notched a team-high 16 digs for UT with senior RSH Becca Reidy garnering a team-best three blocks.  Reidy tallied seven kills and a .263 ATK% with freshman OH Alyssa Ehrhardt enjoying a solid collegiate debut with six kills, two blocks and a .250 ATK%.
Marist utilized a strong defensive effort to limit UT to a .171 attack percentage while posting an efficient .276 ATK% of its own. Junior MB Mackenzie Stephens topped the Red Foxes with a match-high 16 kills and an impressive .444 hitting mark. She was supported offensively by senior OH Grace Hill (13 kills) and sophomore RSH Courtney Shaw (12 kills).
Junior libero Brooke Zywick paced Marist defensively with a match-best 22 digs with Shaw and junior MB Marisa Gilbert each tallying four blocks.
Toledo appeared to be ready to send the match to a fifth set when it rallied from a 10-2 deficit in the Set 4 to take a 17-16 advantage following a Harkins and Reidy block and a Harkins kill. The Red Foxes promptly answered though with a 4-1 spurt, and the Rockets weren’t able to gain the equalizer for the remainder of the match.
UT will look to rebound from its season-opening defeat when it meets Loyola (IL) this evening at 7:00 p.m.  The Ramblers posted a 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 28-26, 14-25, 15-13) victory this morning over Eastern Illinois.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Kent State volleyball team competed well but ultimately fell in its season opener to Rutgers, 3-0 (24-26, 20-25, 25-27), Friday in the opening match of the Indiana Invitational at University Gymnasium.
Sophomore opposite Kelly Hutchison led the Golden Flashes (0-1) with eight kills, 10 digs and three service aces. Junior middle blocker Liz Reikow totaled seven kills and a team-high six blocks. Senior setter Aleksandra Nowak collected a match-high 26 assists and added eight digs.
"I think we overall had a pretty steady game," said head coach Don Gromala. "Defensively, we got a lot of blocks and did a good job of defending out of system. Liz had a great match. She created some opportunities for us offensively and did a good job of being available in transition and count attack. She was solid on both sides of the ball and did her job for the team. "
All three sets were highly competitive, as the match feature 29 ties and 14 lead changes. The Golden Flashes held an early 12-11 lead, but the Scarlet Knights (1-0) rallied with an 8-2 run to regain the lead. Kent State responded with an 8-0 run of its own, fueled by four kills from junior outside hitter/opposite Lauren Engleman and two aces by Hutchison to go on top 22-19. The Flashes dropped four of the next five points, but freshman outside hitter Bianca Cifaldi registered a kill to put them within a point of capturing the opening set at 24-23. Rutgers then responded with a kill to knot it at 24-all and back-to-back attack errors by the Flashes allowed the Scarlet Knights to take the first set. It was a fitting way for the set to conclude, as Kent State recorded 11 attack errors compared to just 10 kills for Rutgers.
"We just didn't take care of the ball offensively and serving, and that was the difference," said Gromala, whose team finished the match with 12 service errors. "We didn't really have any kind of a rhythm. I didn't think we passed that bad, but when our hitters had chances, we weren't putting balls away."
The Flashes had their chance in the second set and held a 16-14 lead after a kill by Reikow. Rutgers reeled off six consecutive points and 9 of the next 10 to take control of the set. Facing a 24-18 hole, Hutchison and Engleman recorded back-to-back kills, but a service error gave Rutgers a 2-0 lead.
Kent State fell behind 13-9 in the third set before rallying to even it at 14-all, only for Rutgers to score the next four points. Facing match point, a Rutgers attack error followed a kill from Engleman to even the score at 24-all. Needing to win by two points, the Scarlet Knights struck first, but the Flashes countered with a Bridget Wilhelm kill to knot it up again. Rutgers used a kill and service ace to take the next two points and the match.
"Our girls did a great job of fighting back when we were trailing," said Gromala. "I think that shows that our girls have a lot of fight. We've always done that. It came down to little things at critical points."
Kent State looks to bounce back Saturday as the Indiana Invitational continues with a 9:30 a.m. match against Robert Morris. The Golden Flashes close out their first weekend of competition at 7 p.m. against host Indiana. Live audio from the finale will be available on
Rochester, Mich. – Despite a quick start and convincing set one victory to open the season, the Central Michigan volleyball team dropped its season opener at the Golden Grizzlies Invitational to host Oakland Friday night, 3-1.
The Chippewas (0-1) came out firing on all cylinders in the first set, hitting .375 as a team for a convincing 25-16 set victory. Unfortunately, the Golden Grizzlies (1-0) were able to squeak out a second set victory, 26-24, and went on to take set three, 25-22, and set four, 25-21.
Four players finished the night with double digit kills for the Maroon and Gold, including sophomore middle blocker Angelique White with 13. White hit .611 on the evening to pick up right where she left off last season as an All-Mid-American Conference Freshman Team selection.
Senior Kelly Maxwell guided the offense with 47 assists, while chipping in with 13 digs defensively. Senior liber Jenna Coates led the way defensively with 21 digs.
The Chippewas were in command of set one from the start, taking a 5-1 lead on a kill by junior Kaitlyn McIntyre before ultimately extending their lead to as much as nine, 18-9, on an ace by Coates. White helped seal the first set for CMU, putting home a kill and ending the set with a solo block for the 25-16 win.
The second set saw CMU take advantage of a back-and-forth affair late on an attacking error by the Golden Grizzlies and a kill by White for a two-point lead, 21-19. OU came back to take the lead, 24-23, before White evened things again with a kill, but a kill by Amanda Baker and double block by Jessica Dood and Brooke Wadsworth evened the match at a set apiece.
CMU fell behind early in the third set, 8-4, but used a 6-0 run capped on a kill by White to claim a lead, 10-8. The two squads continued to battle back and forth and CMU again tied the match on a block by sophomore Kalle Mulford and senior Danielle Gotham, 20-20. Oakland responded with a 4-0 run however and closed the third set on a kill by Pelloni, 25-22.
The Chippewas looked to get back on track and even the match in set four by jumping out to an early 7-4 advantage and held the lead as late as 13-12 following a kill by junior Hallie Enderle. Oakland came back yet again however, using a 6-0 run to grab an 18-13 lead before ultimately securing the match, 25-21.
The Golden Grizzlies Invitational will continue Saturday morning at 10 versus Oregon State. CMU will close the invite versus Villanova at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. 
Marquette 3, Bowling Green 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team began the regular season on Friday evening, dropping a four-set match to visiting Marquette inside the Stroh Center. The match was part of the Bowling Green Hampton Inn Invitational.
The Falcons dominated play for much of the first set, winning the set 25-19 over the Golden Eagles. The two teams would split the first 10 points, before the Falcons scored seven of the next nine to separate themselves from MU. Leading 14-12, the Falcons would score the next three points, helped by three Marquette errors. A service ace by Ashley Dunn would force MU to use their second timeout of the set, with the Falcons ahead 19-14. The Golden Eagles would never get within five points the rest of the match, with the Falcons taking the first set on an MU service error, 25-19.
The second set was tied through the first 22 points, as neither team ever led by more than a point. Senior Libby Dachenhaus would give the Falcons a spark, as she came off the bench for the first time in the match for a service ace. Dachenhaus's next serve would lead to a Paige Penrod kill. Following a Marquette ball-handling error, the Golden Eagles would use their first timeout with the Falcons up 14-11. Marquette would go on a run out of the timeout, tying it up at 18 points apiece. Neither team would be able to pull away in the second set, as the Falcons and Golden Eagles went back-and-forth throughout. With Marquette leading 24-23, freshman Jelena Sunjic would get a kill to even the set at 24. An error by MU would give the Falcons a 25-24 lead, but Marquette would score the final three points to claim a 27-25 win in set two.
The Orange and Brown jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead in the third set, and would lead 8-5 before Marquette would score five of the next six points. The Falcons would burn their first timeout of the set, trailing 15-12 following a Marquette kill. The two teams would split the next two points, with a Sunjic kill getting the Falcons with three points, at 16-13. From there, the Golden Eagles would separate themselves, claiming a 25-17 win in the third set.
The fourth set would follow a similar storyline to each of the first two sets, as it was tightly contested throughout. The Falcons would get two early kills by Danielle Tonyan to jump out to a 7-4 lead. The Golden Eagles would come roaring back, though, scoring the next three points to tie the match. Three points would be the largest margin the rest of the set, and the two teams found themselves deadlocked at 22 all late in the set. Marquette would get two straight kills before a service error to lead the Falcons 24-23, setting up a match-point. With the Falcons needing the point to stay alive, Marquette's Autumn Bailey would put it away with a kill. Bailey recorded a match-high 19 kills.
Two freshman saw action for the Falcons on Friday night for the first time in their careers, with Alyssa Maloney and Sunjic both contributing. Maloney got the start for the Falcons, recording four kills and a block while playing in all four sets. Sunjic added eight kills.
Penrod had a strong game for the Falcons on Friday night, as she recorded 13 kills while hitting .290. She also added four blocks. Kaitlyn Skinner led the Falcons in blocks, as she was able to turn the Golden Eagles away at the net eight different times. Four Falcons had eight-or-more digs on the night.
Bowling Green will play two matches on Saturday as part of the Hampton Inn Invitational. At 10 a.m., the Falcons will take on No. 25 Marquette, before squaring off with No. 13 BYU at 7 p.m. Creighton defeated BYU in four sets on Friday afternoon.