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Toledo 3, Western Michigan 2
Kent State 3, Central Michigan 0
Ball State 3, Northern Illinois 0
Ohio 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Buffalo 3, Miami 1
Bowling Green 3, Akron 0
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo (11-9, 4-2 MAC) remained perfect in five-set matches this season with a 3-2 (26-24, 16-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-10) victory over West Division foe Western Michigan (10-9, 3-3 MAC). The triumph was the Rockets’ fourth straight in conference action and gives UT a 6-0 win-loss mark in matches that go the distance.
Toledo utilized a balanced attack to thwart the Broncos with senior Lauren Rafdal leading the way with 17 kills. She was joined by senior RSH Becca Reidy (16 kills, .382 ATK%), senior OH Jordan Kielty (season-high 15 kills, .216 ATK%) and senior MB Dakota Harkins (13 kills, .440 ATK%). Junior MB Brooke Frazer also was extremely efficient for the Rockets with six kills and a .455 hitting mark.
Senior S Adria Pryor tallied 60 assists quarterbacking Toledo’s offense to go along with three kills, a .750 ATK% and nine digs.
Freshman libero Ellen Hays sparked UT’s defensive play in the back row with 26 digs and also collected a career-high seven assists. Harkins was the Rockets’ top blocker with three rejections.
Junior OH Claire Gerwig paced WMU offensively with 18 kills and a .455 ATK%.
Both teams enjoyed productive offensive evenings as UT notched a .293 hitting mark and WMU posted a .319 attack percentage.
Toledo found itself down 2-1 for a second straight evening but responded with a strong performance in Set 4 and controlling Set 5.
UT took control of the fourth set midway through the stanza on back-to-back kills from Rafdal and Reidy followed by a Hays’ service ace. Following a WMU timeout, Rafdal answered a Bronco kill with back-to-back blasts for a 20-15 advantage. Toledo then closed out the set on a Kielty kill.
The Rockets never trailed in the final set and two kills from Harkins sparked a four-point burst to put the Midnight Blue and Gold ahead 8-4. WMU then climbed within two points on three different occasions but UT put the Broncos away with a Reidy kill and Rafdal ace for a 13-8 advantage. Reidy closed out the match with a smash off the hands of a WMU blocker.
Toledo now hits the road next weekend for a pair of matches at No. 18 Ohio and Kent State. The Rockets will face the Bobcats on Friday, Oct. 18 before visiting the Golden Flashes on Saturday, Oct. 19. Both contests are set for 7:00 p.m. starts.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan volleyball team dropped a Mid-American Conference cross divisional contest to Kent State in straight sets Saturday evening, 25-23, 27-25, 25-21.
The Chippewas (8-10, 2-4) were their own worst enemy as they gave the Golden Flashes (10-9, 3-3) 37 points on errors and hit just .150 as a team.
Despite a struggle to find their groove offensively, the Chippewas nearly turned the match in their favor in each of the first two sets, but were unable to do so. CMU and Kent State were tied a total of 27 times and saw the lead changed a combined 10 times through the first two sets, but the Golden Flashes went into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Trailing 8-7 in the first set, the Chippewas went on a 4-0 run that included a double block by junior Hallie Enderle and sophomore Kalle Mulford and a solo block by Kelly Maxwell to take an 11-8 lead and force a KSU timeout. An ace later in the set by freshman Melissa Fuchs gave the Chippewas a 23-20 advantage, but the Golden Flashes scored the next five points to claim the set, 25-23.
Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre, who was honored for her 1,000th career kill prior to the start of the match, helped the offense finds its groove in the second set. McIntyre finished the set with eight kills, one of which gave CMU a 19-18 lead late in the set that forced Kent State into a timeout. The Golden Flashes had set point, 24-22, late in the set before back-to-back kills by senior Katie Schuette and McIntyre evened things at 24 apiece. A block by sophomore Angelique White held off set point again, but a kill by Bianca Cifaldi and a solo block by Kent’s Kelly Hutchison gave KSU a 27-25 win.
The Golden Flashes jumped out to a big advantage in the third set, but the Chippewas did not go down without a fight. Kent led by as much as seven, 19-12, before a 4-0 run that included three kills by McIntyre on assists from senior libero Jenna Coates pulled the Chippewas within three, 19-16. CMU was able to get as close as two, 23-21, on a double block by White and Enderle, but Hutchison slammed home a kill following a KSU timeout and Bridget Wilhelm closed the match with an ace for a 25-21 win.
McIntyre led the Chippewas with a match-high 18 kills, while Enderle had nine kills and four blocks. Maxwell dished out 39 assists and Coates led the way defensively with a match-high 18 digs.
CMU is back in action next weekend for a pair of road matches versus MAC East opponents. The Chippewas will take on Miami Friday night at 7 before battling defending MAC Tournament champion Bowling Green Saturday evening at 5.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women’s volleyball team closed a successful homecoming weekend with a dominating 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-20) sweep of Northern Illinois Saturday night at Worthen Arena.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 17-4 on the year and remain in first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 5-1 league mark. The Huskies drop to 11-9 (3-3 MAC) with the loss.
“This was a big match for us tonight,” said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. “We had lost four straight to Northern Illinois coming into the night, and I felt this was a year we could put together a really nice match against them. I was really impressed with our serving and defense tonight, which helped us keep NIU out of rhythm all night.”
The Cardinals strong play started at the service line, with the team blasting a season-high nine total aces. In addition to the aces, Ball State’s strong serving helped keep the Huskies offense in check with NIU finishing the contest hitting .137 (31-18-95).
“Our serving and passing game could hold its own with anyone in the country,” added Shondell. “If we are playing really tough defense then we are going to win most of our matches. I didn’t feel like we ever got into a great flow offensively tonight, so we won it with our serving, our passing and our defense. You can win a lot of matches if you are doing well in those areas.”
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State) led the Ball State attack both from the service line and the net with a career-high four aces and a match-best 11 kills. Fuelling, who hit .400 (11-3-20), also added 11 digs for her second double-double of the weekend and her 10th of the season.
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Kitchel (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove/Cincinnati) added 10 kills, marking the fourth time this season she has tallied double-digit markers.
Senior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) guided the Ball State offense to a .287 (44-5-101) attack percentage with 36 assists. Seidel also served up an ace, smashed five kills, hit .500 (5-0-10) and logged four digs.
Senior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) led all players with 13 digs, while sophomore setter Jenna Spadafora (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) added a pair of aces.
Mackenzie Roddy led the Northern Illinois attack with 10 kills, while Alexis Gonzalez posted a team-best 11 digs.
Leading 7-5 in the opening set, the Cardinals used a kill from senior middle Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and an ace from Fuelling to put together a four-point run and take control of the frame at 11-5. With Ball State leading 19-15, another Marx kill sparked a set-ending six-point run from the Cardinals. Fuelling capped the set at 25-19 with another ace.
With the score of the second set tied at 9, back-to-back kills from Kitchel and a pair of service aces from Spadafora give BSU the next four points and the lead for good at 13-9. With BSU leading 23-17, two more kills from Kitchel ended the set at 25-17.
Northern Illinois kept the third set close early, trailing by one at the 10-9 mark. However, three kills form redshirt sophomore middle Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) helped BSU rattle off six of the next eight points and pull ahead by five at 16-11. Ball State would reach match-point at 24-17 off of Seidel’s ace, before winning the set 25-20 on a blast from Kitchel.
The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Friday, when it travels to Kent State for a 7 p.m. showdown versus the Golden Flashes. Saturday, the Cardinals will visit No. 18 Ohio at 7 p.m. in a potential showdown for first place in the conference.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team (11-10, 1-5 MAC) dropped a Mid-American Conference matchup to the MAC East Division leading Ohio University Bobcats (15-3, 5-1 MAC), Saturday, Oct. 12. The Eagles fell to OU in four sets, 23-25, 7-25, 25-21, 14-25.
The Green and White was led by sophomore outside hitter Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community), who paced the squad with 11 kills. Senior outside hitter Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Maumee) added nine kills and collected 14 digs, while junior middle blocker Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) notched eight winners and had a team-high two block assists.
Junior setter/outside hitter Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) and sophomore setter Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) led the setting front for the eagles with 16 and 13 assists apiece. Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) was tied for top defender of the match, getting under 20 of the Bobcats' attacks.
Ohio was led by Kelly Lamberti, who posted a double-double with 12 kills and 18 digs. Meredith Ashy tied Smith's dig count with 20, and the Bobcats had two other players with double-digit dig counts. Abby Gilleland led all players with 43 assists while claiming 17 digs of her own.
The Eagles opened the first set on a 6-0 run to take an early lead in the frame, however the Bobcats used its .190 attack percentage to take its first lead late in the set, 22-21, and Ohio held on to a 25-23 first set win. Eastern was only able to manage a .140 hitting percentage, while Perinar posted four kills. On the defensive side of things, Smith posted 12 of her digs in the frame.
The Green and White offense struggled in the second set, hitting at a -.139 clip with just two kills in a 7-25, loss, falling behind by two sets. Sophomore Dori Harrison (Euclid, Ohio-Beaumont School) and Crawshaw posted the only kills for EMU, while the Bobcats hit .265 in the set, with 13 kills in 34 attempts. Ohio also took advantage defensively, posting four blocks in the set, including three from Karin Bull.
EMU fought back in the third set and held the Bobcats to their lowest dig-producing set of the evening with 18. The Eagles took an early lead at 4-0, forcing a timeout by their opponent. The squad kept a cushion of roughly four points for the remainder of the match, as a balanced offense by Briner and Davis spread the attacks out amongst Perinar, Roback, and Crawshaw. Despite tallying no blocks compared to Ohio's 4.5 effort at the net, the Eagles were able to pull away with the set off a Crawshaw kill to cap the frame, 25-21.
The fourth set marked the strongest offensive effort for Ohio, as the Bobcats were able to put away 16 swings with only three errors for a .333 hitting percentage. The Eagles had difficulties connecting with their middle blockers as the wing hitters scored the majority of the points for the set. Roback connected on three-of-seven swings for a .429 hitting percentage and Perinar added three of her own. Ohio took the lead early on in the set, coming out 6-0 and the Green and White was never able to regain momentum for the set, falling to the Bobcats in the final set, 25-14.
The Eagles will hit the road for the next week, opening up the upcoming pair of MAC matchups at Miami University, Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The team will then travel to Bowling Green, Ohio to take on the Falcons, Friday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
OXFORD, Ohio—Despite a dominant first set, Miami University’s volleyball team dropped three straight sets to the University at Buffalo on Saturday evening, falling in four sets (25-10, 22-25, 21-25, 17-25) to the Bulls (15-4; 3-3 Mid-American Conference) at Millett Hall.
Miami (9-9; 1-5 MAC) came out firing in the first set as the RedHawks built a quick 8-2 advantage that included two service aces by sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig. The Bulls closed to within three points, but a 7-1 Miami run extended the RedHawk lead to 15-6. A pair of service aces by senior libero Madison Hardy—Miami’s fourth and fifth of the set—helped the RedHawks gain an 18-7 lead. Miami outscored Buffalo 7-3 down the stretch to collect the 25-10 win in the opening set. The RedHawks amassed six of their 10 service aces for the match in the first set.
Buffalo returned the favor in the second set as the Bulls rushed out to a 9-2 lead. Miami chipped away at the Buffalo lead, closing the gap late. However, the Bulls thwarted the late RedHawk charge, taking the second set 25-22.
The teams went back and forth in the third set until Buffalo used a 3-0 spurt to pull out to a 9-5 lead. The Bulls led by as many as eight, but Miami again persisted and chiseled away at the UB advantage. A kill by freshman middle hitter Paige Hill, a service ace from Reiswig and a kill by senior outside hitter Madison Dodd put the RedHawks within three, 24-21. However, Buffalo’s Liz Scott put down a kill to give the Bulls the third set, 25-21.
A senior setter/outside hitter Meg Riley service ace gave Miami a quick 4-3 advantage in the fourth set. But a 4-0 Buffalo flurry handed the Bulls a lead they would not relinquish as they went on to a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
Reiswig had five service aces to lead all players, while four RedHawks put down seven kills apiece. Hardy notched 18 digs for Miami.
Tahleia Bishop led all players with 18 kills and added 10 digs for the Bulls. Buffalo’s Kelly Svoboda recorded a match-best 23 digs.
Miami continues a four-match home stretch when the RedHawks host Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team rolled on Saturday night, defeating the University of Akron in three sets at the Stroh Center. The Falcons dominated all three sets, winning 25-19, 25-19, 25-16. With the win, the Falcons are now 8-9 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
The Orange and Brown hit just .179 during the first two sets, but the Falcons came out of halftime strong, hitting .452 in the final set. Senior Danielle Tonyan was the only Falcon in double digits, as she had 10 kills in the match. Seven other Bowling Green players had kills on the night.
A night after battling through five long sets to defeat Buffalo, the Falcons came out and handled business from the onset Saturday night. The Orange and Brown never trailed in the match, and it was tied just once in each of the first two sets.
After scoring the first point of the night on a kill by Kailtyn Skinner, UA would even up the match with a kill of their own. 1-1 would be the last time in the first set that the two teams were even tied, as the Falcons scored the next three to grab momentum. The Falcons led by as big of a margin as 10, at 19-9, and would win 25-19.
Bowling Green would win the second set by an identical score, as the only time that it was tied was 1-1. Tied 1-1 in the second set, Akron would commit four consecutive attacking errors. The Falcons would lead by as much as nine in the set, claiming a 25-19 win once again.
BGSU would never trail in the final set, as they scored the first four points and rolled from there. Tonyan was the star of the third set, as she had seven kills in just eight attempts (.875 hitting pct.) to lead the charge.
The Falcons will now step away from MAC play for a Tuesday night showdown at Oakland. Following that game with the Grizzlies, the Orange and Brown will return home next weekend for a pair of matchups against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.