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#22 Ohio 3, Buffalo 1
Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0
Kent State 3, Akron 2
Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – A balanced offensive attack led by senior setter Kelly Maxwell helped Central Michigan open Mid-American Conference play with a sweep of Toledo inside McGuirk Arena Friday night, 25-23, 25-15, 30-28.
Maxwell finished the night with 43 assists, including 15 in the first set, as five different Chippewas (7-6, 1-0 MAC) had at least seven kills, led by sophomore Angelique White and junior Kaitlyn McIntyre’s 12 apiece. White finished the evening with a hitting percentage of .478, converting 12 of her 23 attempts with just one error.
“I’m very pleased with this victory tonight,” head coach Erik Olson said. “Toledo played well and passed a lot better than we saw on film and gave us a good match. This is probably our best win of the season thus far. They’ve had some significant wins and this was a very great ‘W’ for us putting it together. I was very pleased with our passing and I was very pleased with our side out numbers tonight and we touched a lot of balls. I thought [Hallie] Enderlee at right was very good and our middles kind of had their way.”
While CMU’s offense was clicking, its defense was as exceptionally superb, limiting Toledo to just a .160 hitting percentage on the night. Senior libero Jenna Coates led the way with a team-high 16 digs, while freshman Melissa Fuchs had 13 and sophomore Kristen Reenders 10.
A quick 3-0 run midway through the first set that included a kill by McIntyre, ace by Maxwell and kill by senior Danielle Gotham gave the Chippewas a 12-9 lead and forced a Toledo timeout. The run extended and pushed the Chippewas’ advantage to 17-12 on a kill by White, forcing a second Toledo stoppage. The Rockets rallied to pull within a point, 21-20, but a costly service error swung things back towards CMU's favor and junior Hallie Enderle slammed home the final three points to give CMU a 25-23 win.
The second set was all CMU from start to finish as it jumped out to an early 12-7 lead and ultimately pushed the advantage to eight, 20-12, on a kill by McIntyre. Reenders served four straight points during a mini run and a kill by White closed the set, 25-15.
The Chippewas hit .484 in the second set while limiting the Rockets to a clip of just .135.
Despite the Rockets’ best effort in the third and final set, the Chippewas were able to rally and close out a back-and-forth affair, 30-28. The final set saw the game tied or lead change 15 times, and CMU was forced to fight off set point twice with kills by White and McIntyre. After McIntyre’s kill tied the set at 28 apiece, Gotham and Maxwell teamed up for a double block and an error by Toledo’s Lauren Rafdal sealed the match.
CMU will look to improve to 2-0 in conference play tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. when it takes on Ball State (13-3, 1-0 MAC).
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team gave the 22nd ranked team in the nation all they could handle on Friday night, but the Bulls fell to the Ohio Bobcats, 3-1, in the first Mid-American Conference match of the season. After winning its first 12 matches, the Bulls have now dropped two straight. UB will continue conference play tomorrow night.
Ohio took the match, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-12 as the Bulls hit just .075 for the match. UB did keep up its strong blocking on the night with 17.0 total team blocks. The Bulls are currently leading the nation in blocks. The Bulls were within two during the opening set at 15-13, but the Bobcats ended the set on a 10-4 run.
The Bulls charged back in the second set, racing out to an 18-12 lead. The Bulls had nine total blocks in the second set and Ohio was unable to pull any closer than four as the Bulls took the set 25-20, with the final point coming on a kill from senior Carissa McKenna.
The third set proved to be the momentum changer in the match. After Ohio scored the first five points of the set, the Bulls began to fight back. They tied the set up at 8-8, but Ohio again took a lead and eventually had a 24-19 advantage in the set. With senior Kelly Svoboda serving, the Bulls were able to fight off five set points, tying the set up at 24-24. However, Ohio came back to record the final two points and grab the 2-1 lead in the match. Ohio clinched the match with a 25-12 victory in the fourth.
“We didn’t play a clean match tonight and that is necessary to beat a team like Ohio,” said head coach Todd Kress. “It will be a quick turnaround for us and we will be ready to play Kent State tomorrow night.”
McKenna led the way with a team-high 13 kills as she hit .429 on the evening. She had her first career double-double as she added a career-best 10 total blocks. Junior Liz Scott and sophomore Tahleia Bishop each finished with 11 kills, while no other player had more than five. Senior Dani Reinert had 21 assists, while junior Taylor Pritchett added 18.
Defensively, Svoboda finished with 20 digs, while Bishop and Reinert each had 12. Senior Christine Fritsche also finished with 11. The Bulls had 17 total blocks as sophomore Amber Hatchett added seven and Fritsche, Scott and sophomore Akeila Lain each had four.
The Bulls continue their homestand tomorrow when they host Kent State. The match will begin at 7:30 pm.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team fell in straight sets to Ball State University in the Mid-American Conference lid lifter for both teams, Sept. 27. The Eagles (10-6, 0-1 MAC) faltered against the Cardinals (13-3, 1-0 MAC) 17-25, 17-25, 23-25 at the Convocation Center.
Sophomore outside hitter Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) paced the Eagles in kills with seven and a .152 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and junior middle blocker Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) added four apiece while also picking up one service ace each. Sophomore setter Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) led the team in assists with nine.
On the defensive front, redshirt sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Jones (Reed City, Mich.-Reed City) led the team with six block assists, while senior outside hitter Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) helped shut down a BSU hitters on four occasions. Sophomore libero Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) scooped up 15 digs for the Eagles.
The Cardinals were led by Mindy Marx with 12 kills and a .688 hitting percentage, while Alex Fuelling added 11 kills for the Cardinals. Catie Fredrich led all players for the match with 22 digs.
The Cardinals took an early lead in the first set before a kill by Roback would put the Eagles on the board, 1-4. However, a powerful offensive front from BSU soon landed the visiting team with a 19-10 advantage. A pair of BSU errors and an ace from sophomore defensive specialist Natalie Folk (Saline, Mich.-Saline) gave the Eagles a small three-point run before the Cardinals answered back with a consistent string of points, ending the first frame for the Eagles with a dropped set, 17-25. The Eagles had the most kills as a team in the first set with eight, but eight hitting errors for a .000 hitting percentage coupled with battling BSU's 17 team kills plagued the team in its effort to take the set.
Eastern Michigan was able to battle more in the start of the second set, gaining a slight lead at 9-8 before a kill by BSU's Haley Benson kickstarted another run for the Cardinals. Ball State's aggressive serving and a handful of unforced errors by the Eagles soon gave the Cardinals the upper hand in the match once again. In a nearly identical finish to the first set, EMU ended the set with a .000 hitting percentage to close out the frame, 17-25. Perinar was the main offensive force for the Eagles, earning the bulk of the squad's kills for the set off of 16 swings.
The Eagles picked up their offensive effort in the third set, but the Cardinals answered back with their best defensive frame and picked up 26 of their 65 digs for the evening against the Green and White. The set was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams after the Cardinals were able to fight back from being down 3-10 and tied the game up 14-14 off of a service ace. The last time the Eagles would have the lead for the set was at 20-19, after a kill by Perinar and an attack error from BSU. A series of errors from the Eagles and a trio of BSU kills brought the set and match to a close, 23-25.
The Eagles look to bounce back from the evening's loss tomorrow night, Sept. 28, when they continue their conference play against the University of Toledo at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
AKRON, Ohio – Akron navigated its way out of an early hole and nearly executed a momentous comeback against rival Kent State on Friday night, but the effort fell just short in a five set loss, 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 21-25, 15-9.
UA evened its record to 6-6 overall and 0-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while Kent State (7-6, 1-0 MAC) claimed a half-point in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge.
Kelsey Wilson tied a career-high with 15 kills, hitting a remarkable .667 as the Zips almost achieved the impossible, coming back from 0-2 deficit to win the third and fourth frames and force a fifth set. Wilson's hitting percentage ranks inside the top-10 all-time at UA, tying her best performance from her rookie season.
Alex Cocklin tallied her third double-double in the last four matches, collecting 12 kills and 14 digs on the night. Mary Delich and Amanda Bedell were also key components of Akron's late-onset offensive outburst, posting 11 and eight kills, respectively.
Kent State fielded four players with double-digit kills and used 50 assists from setter Aleksandra Nowak to edge Akron and ultimately keep the Zips' rally at bay.
UA quickly found itself in a bind after Kent State's strong start helped the Flashes steal the first set and all but run away with the second. A few lineup changes got the Zips back on track and they dominated after the break, holding KSU to less than .080 hitting percentage in sets three and four.
The tides began to turn midway through the third set as Karley Kusan captained the offense, finding her hitters and giving Akron a six-point lead at 20-14. Kent State called a timeout to regroup but the Zips continued to stay on top of their game, and a Flashes' error at set point put Akron on the board.
After breaking an early 1-1 tie in the fourth set, the Zips never trailed and led by as many as nine. A 3-0 Akron run made the score 23-15 in its favor, but KSU answered with four straight points of its own. A kill from Delich brought UA back to set point at 24-19, and three plays later Bedell brought the house down with a monster kill to even the match and harness all the momentum in Rhodes Arena.
It would be Bedell again in the fifth set that put the Zips in striking distance, after a kill brought Akron to within one trailing 5-4. But Kent State's offense would find its footing, and the Flashes used a 3-0 and a 4-0 run to lock up the final set.
Jill Paluch led Akron's defense with 17 digs and the Zips came together at the net as well, posting 10 total team blocks.
UA continues MAC play on its home floor on Saturday when it welcomes No. 22 Ohio to the JAR for a 5 p.m. tilt. The nationally-ranked Bobcats (11-2, 1-0 MAC) defeated Buffalo on the road Friday night in four sets.