Friday's Volleyball Results

Updated 10/25/2013


Courtesy of Home MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Eastern Michigan 3, Akron 0
Bowling Green 3, Ball State 1
Central Michigan 3, Buffalo 0
Western Michigan 3, Kent State 0
Toledo 3, Miami 1
Ohio 3, Northern Illinois 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( - The Eastern Michigan University volleyball squad cruised to its second straight Mid-American Conference victory Friday, Oct. 25. The Eagles (13-11, 3-6 MAC) downed the University of Akron (6-13, 0-9 MAC) in straight sets, 27-25, 25-15 and 25-15 using a season-best .295 attack percentage.
Sophomore Katie Krasowski (Oak Lawn, Ill.-Marist) led the EMU offense as she tallied a career-best .833 attack percentage, going 10-for-12 at the net. The mark leads all Eastern offense for the 2013 season. Defensively the sophomore tacked on a team-high five block assists, while Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill-Minooka Community) added three block assists for the Green and White. Senior Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) notched nine kills in the match, while Perinar and Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) each added eight kills.
Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) led the defensive effort as she tallied a total of 19 digs which was good for a match-best between the two teams. Senior Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) looks to close in on her 1,000 dig as she notched eight on the night, bringing her within six of being just the seventh student-athlete in EMU history to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
The Green and White needed extra points in the first frame of the match to take down the Zips, 27-25. Eastern's offensive attack was strong in the opening set as they hit .255, with just three attack errors in the frame. Krasowski led the set, totaling five of her kills in the first frame, while hitting .714 after going 5-for-7 in her attack attempts.  Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) posted four kills in the first set, while Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) notched three, hitting .600 on a 3-for-5 performance. Defensively, the Eagles had four total blocks, including a solo block from Crawshaw.
Eastern Michigan soared in its second set of the match. Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill-Minooka Community) and Crawshaw were the offensive forces in the second frame as Perinar notched five kills, and Crawshaw went 4-for-7 in her attack attempts. As a whole, the EMU offense was red hot, posting .324 attack percentage, with just four errors.  The Eagles held Akron to just an .086 attack percentage, forcing five attack errors in 35 tries, while converting just eight kills. Despite just one block in the frame from Krasowski and Perinar, the Eagles flew past the Zips, 25-15, to take a two set lead.
The Eagles took a quick 3-0 lead in the third set and commanded the tempo for the remainder of the match as they went up as many as eight over Akron in the final frame. Krasowski led the attack again for the Green and White going a perfect 3-for-3 at the net. Short, Perinar and Crawshaw each added two kills for Eastern, as their .324 attack percentage overpowered Akron's .057 in the last set. EMU closed out the set on a two-point run, capitalizing on two Zip attack errors to finish off Akron, 25-15, and take its second straight MAC contest.
Eastern will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 26 as it takes on the University at Buffalo in MAC competition. First serve at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, is slated for 7 p.m.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women’s volleyball team opened a five-match homestand with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 25-19) setback to Bowling Green Friday night at Worthen Arena.
   Despite the loss, the Cardinals remain tied with both the Falcons and Ohio, who beat Northern Illinois 3-1 this evening, for first place in the Mid-American Conference standings with 7-2 league marks. Ball State is now 19-5 on the year, while Bowling Green improves to 11-10.
   Senior opposite Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati) led the Ball State attack with 17 kills, while hitting a match-best .419 (17-4-31) as Ball State’s go-to hitter for the night.
   Senior outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) also had a strong night, posting her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs.
   At the net, the Cardinals collected 14.5 total blocks with senior middle Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) posting seven (two solo and six assists) and senior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) adding six block assists.
   Despite missing two of the team’s top outside hitters due to injury, Seidel set the Ball State offense a .185 (55-26-157) attack percentage for the night. Seidel would finish the match with her eighth double-double of the season, posting 50 assists and 11 digs to go along with her six blocks.
   Sophomore Jenna Spadafora (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) added eight kills and three total blocks (two solo and one assist) in her first appearance on the left side this season. She also hit .222 (8-4-18) for the match.
   In the backcourt, senior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) tied for match-high honors with 16 digs.
   Bowling Green’s Jelena Sunjic led all players with 18 kills, while Paige Penrod collected 15. Libby Dachenhaus and Ashley Dunn would tie with Fredrich for match-high honors with 16 digs apiece.
   The Falcons offense connected for a .199 (53-23-151) rate of success behind Yorktown graduate Laura Avila who dished out 38 assists, tallied six digs and posted a pair of block assists. Avila, a senior on the BGSU squad, is also the daughter of former Ball State men’s volleyball letterwinner Ramon Avila who is a George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Marketing and the founding director of the HH Gregg Center for Professional Selling at Ball State University.
   After falling behind 8-5 in the opening set, the Cardinals rallied back to even the score at 9-9 and eventually took a 17-12 lead. Unfortunately, Bowling Green responded with a seven-point run to regain control of the set. Trailing 23-20, the Cardinals used a kill from Grant and a block to pull within one, but a pair of errors ultimately let the Falcons win the set 25-23.
   Ball State pulled out to an early 13-10 lead in the second frame, only to see BSGU respond with six of the next seven points to pull ahead 16-14. The Falcons would claim another 23-20 lead, only to see BSU battle back within one at 23-22 on kills from Spadafora and Seidel. Like the first set, unfortunately, BGSU would score two of the next three points to win the frame 25-23.
   With Ball State holding a slim 11-10 edge in the third frame, a kill from Spadafora sparked a 6-0 Cardinals run, making the score 17-10. With the Cardinals leading 23-14, Spadafora would then post back-to-back solo blocks to end the frame at 25-14.
   Unfortunately, Bowling Green retaliated by scoring nine of the first 10 points in the fourth frame. Ball State would get as close as four points, at 20-16, but could not overcome the early hole, dropping the frame 25-19.
   The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Saturday, when it hosts Miami in a 7 p.m. showdown at Worthen Arena which will be televised locally by the Ball State Sports Network and whill also serve as the team’s “Dig Pink” match.
   The Cardinals have once again teamed up with the Side-Out Foundation to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. This season, the women’s volleyball program will match gifts donated to the Side-Out Foundation up to the team’s goal of $1,000.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Entering Friday night’s Mid-American Conference contest, the Central Michigan volleyball squad had the task of dealing with Buffalo’s daunting wall of defenders that lead the MAC and rank 12th in the country in blocks per set.
By the end of the night, the Chippewas (10-11, 4-5) proved to be the more dominant defense and found their groove offensively, taking down the Bulls (16-6, 4-5) in straight sets, 25-17, 25-17.
The Chippewas finished the night with 11 blocks, including a career-high six from junior Kaitlyn McIntyre, holding the Bulls to a .042 hitting percentage. While the defense was shining, the offense wasn’t far behind as CMU produced a very efficient .283 hitting percentage thanks to the leadership of senior setter Kelly Maxwell’s 32 assists.
The result helped the Maroon and Gold pick up an important conference victory as they make a push for the MAC Tournament in Geneva, Ohio next month. CMU moved to 4-5 in the MAC and will take on Akron tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
The Chippewas appeared in control all night and took over the first set behind the serve of Maxwell, breaking a 8-8 tie with a 6-0 run to grab a 14-8 lead. Sophomore Kristen Reenders picked up a back-row kill later in the set for a 20-15 lead, forcing a Buffalo timeout. A pair of kills by McIntyre, her fifth and sixth of the set, gave the Chippewas set point, 24-17, before the junior dropped in an ace on the back line for the 25-17 set-one victory.
The second set was much of the same as the Chippewas broke an early 6-6 tie with a 6-2 run that included three-straight blocks by McIntyre, sophomore Angelique White and junior Hallie Enderle to take a 12-8 lead. CMU was able to push its’ lead to 20-14 on a kill by White and eventually closed the set with an ace from senior Jenna Coates and a kill by Enderle, 25-17.
After the break in action, CMU made quick work of the Bulls in set three. The Chippewas’ block forced the Bulls into four-straight errors, allowing CMU to grab a 20-7 lead and after a mini rally by UB, CMU closed the match on a kill by senior Danielle Gotham, 25-17.
McIntyre led a balanced offensive attack with 10 kills, while Gotham had eight and White and Enderle each had seven. Coates led CMU defensively with 13 digs. White also had seven blocks on the front row. 
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's volleyball team authored another total team effort in earning a shutout win, as the Broncos defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-20) at University Arena on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 13-9 overall, 6-3 in Mid-American Conference play. The win is the third straight for the Broncos, as well as the third straight shutout win; the last time the Broncos swept three opponents in a row was last season, when they dispatched Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State from Oct. 26 - Nov. 2.
Alysia Baznik led the Broncos with 10 kills, but it was a balanced offensive effort that set the Broncos above the Golden Flashes; four different players recorded six kills or more, and the Broncos hit .243 as a team. The defense played a major role in the win, recording 10.0 team blocks and holding the Golden Flashes to just a .059 team hitting percentage. Lena Oliver tied the match-high with 15 digs, and Lexie Pawlik needed to record just 29 assists in three sets to set the Broncos to victory. Ave Stout finished with eight kills and a match-high seven blocks, while Richelle Ranney had nine kills and hit .316 in the win.
The relatively quick affair began with a lengthy first set, as the Broncos and Golden Flashes found themselves in a tight opening period of play. The Broncos took the lead for good midway through the set when Stout hit an over ball with a heavy shot for the bounce kill to make it 14-13, and Pawlik made it a two-point edge with a tip kill that made it 16-14. Kent State pulled to within 19-18 on a handling error by Pawlik, but Sheffer stopped the bleeding with a kill and the Flashes went on to commit four straight attack errors, giving WMU a 24-18 lead. Baznik silenced the Golden Flashes in the first set with a shot off the defender for the kill, giving the Broncos a 25-20 set win.
WMU caught fire early on in the second set to squash any drama, taking a 1-0 lead on a kill from Baznik and never once even allowing the Golden Flashes to tie the score. Claire Gerwig capped what ended up as a 7-1 run with a shot down the line, and Ranney's kill to make it 10-3 forced the Golden Flashes into their first timeout of the set. The Broncos were the first to 15 points when Ranney bashed another kill to make it 15-8, and the lead reached 10 points when a Kent State handling error gave the Broncos a 20-10 advantage. Sheffer finished off the set with tip kill over the blocker, making it 25-16.
The Broncos wouldn't ever trail in the third set, either, taking the lead on a 4-0 run to open the period and never looking back. Ranney served the Flashes tough to open the set, and Stout would factor in on two blocks (one solo, one with Baznik) to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead; Ranney notched an ace to cap the run and give the Broncos the momentum. The Golden Flashes got as close at 11-1, but Ranney stopped the rally and sparked a 5-1 run with a kill. Gillian Asque checked in and hit a roller for a kill to make it 20-13, and Baznik finished off the match with a kill down the line to make it 25-20.
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo gained a game on MAC West Division leader Ball State on Friday evening following a 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18) triumph over Miami in Savage Arena. With the victory, the Rockets’ record improves to 13-10 overall and 6-3 in conference play, while the RedHawks fall to 10-11 overall and 2-7 in the MAC.
UT is now just one game behind West Division frontrunner Ball State (19-5, 7-2 MAC) following the Cardinals’ 3-1 home setback this evening to Bowling Green (11-10, 7-2 MAC). The Rockets will host the Falcons tomorrow at 5:00 in Savage Arena.
Senior OH Lauren Rafdal paced Toledo with a match-high 23 kills for her fifth 20-plus kill outing of the season. Senior OH Jordan Kielty also produced her best offensive outing of the season with 17 kills and a  .429 attack percentage. Senior RSH Becca Reidy also was in double digits for the Rockets with 10 terminations.
Senior S Adria Pryor directed UT’s attack to a season-high .312 hitting mark with junior MB Brooke Frazer (6-0-12, .500 ATK%) and senior MB Dakota Harkins (6-0-14, .429 ATK%) enjoying efficient performances at the net.
On the defensive side of the net, freshman libero Ellen Hays led four Rockets in double figures with 19 digs and was joined by Reidy (12), Pryor (11) and Kielty (10). Harkins led UT with four blocks with Frazer also tallying three rejections.
Freshman OH Maris Below paced the RedHawks offensively with 18 kills.
Rafdal opened the match on fire and finished the opening set with nine kills and a .412 ATK%. UT broke away from the RedHawks with a 5-1 spurt to take a 22-17 lead en route to a four-point Set 1 victory.
The second set was a tight affair that featured 13 ties and eight lead changes. UT rallied from a 22-20 deficit late in the set. Harkins ignited a four-point run that Kielty continued with two kills and Reidy ended with an ace.  Following a Miami kill, Harkins put UT up 2-0 with a tip kill.
Set 3 was even closer with 16 ties that the RedHawks by scoring the final two points. Junior OH Meg Riley kept the visitors alive with a kill and an aces for the final two points. 
Toledo took control immediate in the final set, scoring the first five points and eventually assuming a 13-3 advantage. Miami did cut its deficit to five points, 21-16, later in the set but couldn’t draw any closer.
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University volleyball team got off to a great start Friday night at Victor E. Court, but could not keep the momentum going in a 3-1 loss to the Ohio Bobcats.
NIU (12-11, 4-5 MAC) earned a strong first set win to go up early on the MAC East Division’s top squad, but Ohio (17-4, 7-2 MAC) came back with three straight set victories to take the win.
“Tonight was a tough one because, again, we had flashes of playing some pretty good volleyball against one of the best teams in the conference and one of the better teams in the country,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “It’s just a matter of us learning how to score points at the right time. If there’s any take from it, we are capable of playing good volleyball. We just got to understand how to do it at the right times.”
Going up against the MAC’s best offense, the Huskies matched the high-powered Bobcats almost point for point from the start of the first set. Though Ohio got a slim 7-5 lead early in the set, NIU battled back with back-to-back kills from Sarah Angelos to knot things at 7-7. The Huskies took advantage of some Bobcat miscues to claim a 10-8 edge, but the visitors came back and tied the set at 10. From there, the two sides traded blows until 16-16. That’s when an Angelos kill and a Mary Grace Kelly/Angelos combo block gave the Huskies an 18-16 advantage. Ohio would tie the set at 21-21, but kills from Kelly and Jenna Radtke helped NIU take control of the set and claim a 25-22 win.
The NIU momentum carried into the second set to the tune of a 4-1 run to open the stanza. Ohio, though, quickly quashed that run with a 4-1 response to tie the match at 5-5. After NIU moved ahead, 10-9, on an Ohio ballhanding error, the Bobcats jumped ahead of the Huskies with a 7-1 run to make it a 16-11 NIU deficit. Though the Huskies would get back to within 23-20, the Bobcats closed out the set and tied the match with a 25-20 win.
NIU and Ohio exchanged points early in the third. However, with the score tied at 5-5, the Bobcats broke things open with a 6-1 run to stake an 11-6 lead. The Huskies quickly battled back to 11-9 with kills from Angelos, Kelly and Alexis Gonzalez. Yet, Ohio continued to get past the NIU front line and built a 19-13 advantage. The Huskies staged a late rally when a 5-1 run got NIU back to within 24-22, only to have the Bobcats close the door with a block to earn a 25-22 third set win.
The Huskies would play catch-up for the majority of the fourth set, as they came back from two deficits of three points within the first 13 points. After letting the Bobcats get a quick 5-2 lead, Mackenzie Roddy got a kill and a service ace before Radtke forged a deadlock at 5-5 with a kill. Once Ohio got back ahead, 8-5, NIU got another 3-0 run from a Roddy kill, an Angelos/Emily Paschke block and a Bobcat error. However, a 6-1 Ohio run gave them a 14-9 lead that seemingly killed NIU’s hopes of forcing a fifth set. Though the Huskies would crawl back to within 19-18, the Bobcats proved to be too much with a 25-21 fourth set win.
Angelos and Roddy led the NIU offense with 11 kills each, while Kelly was the only other Huskie in double-digits with 10 spikes on the night. On defense, Angelos netted five blocks, while four Huskies – Justine Schepler, Gonzalez, Roddy and Kayla Zeno – earned double-digit digs in the loss.
The Huskies look to finish their weekend on a high note Saturday when they host Kent State at 7 p.m. for the annual Pink Match and Alumni Night. Fans are reminded that parking will be charged due to the NIU football game and concert at 7 p.m.