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Bowling Green 3, Kent State 1
Northern Illinois 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Toledo 3, Buffalo 2
Western Michigan 3, Central Michigan 2
Akron 3, Ball State 1
Ohio 3, Miami 2
Bowling Green, Ohio – On a night that the Bowling Green volleyball program honored eight seniors, the Falcons hit a season-high .301 and beat Kent State in four sets for a season sweep of the Golden Flashes. Bowling Green won 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22 for its sixth consecutive win in the series against Kent State.
As has been the case for each of the past four years, the Falcon senior class played a key role in the win. Danielle Tonyan had a team-high 15 kills and five blocks and Laura Avila handed out 44 assists. Paige Penrod served up three aces and Ashley Dunn had 20 digs, her fourth consecutive match with at least that amount. Kaitlyn Skinner had a team-best .556 attack percentage with 10 kills. Lindsey Butterfield posted a double-double, finishing with 10 kills and 12 digs. Libby Dachenhaus added four digs in four sets as a defensive specialist. The lone other senior, Allison Papenfuss, did not play.
The team had its most efficient night of the season in large part due to the distribution of Avila, who got multiple hitters involved in the offense. Five different players had at least 10 kills and each of them hit at least .243. Along with Skinner's .556 attack percentage, Kelsey Bates hit. 333 with 10 kills and Jelena Sunjic was at .280 on 11 kills.
Bowling Green hit a remarkable .516 in the first set but Kent State actually held the lead through much of the first half of the stanza. The Golden Flashes led 17-15 before the Falcons scored four straight points on kills from four different players to take the lead. Kent State battled back to tie the score at 20-20, but Penrod and Tonyan had back-to-back kills. Penrod then added an ace and Bowling Green closed out the 25-21 win.
In the second set, Bowling Green led by as many as seven at 19-12 but Kent State rallied with a 9-3 run to get within one. The two teams traded points until the Falcons led 24-23, when Butterfield had a kill to put Bowling Green well in front.
Kent State used a late 8-3 run to win the third set 25-19 but the Falcons bounced back, scoring eight of the first 11 points in the fourth. Bowling Green held onto a 19-13 lead before the Golden Flashes made one last run with a 7-2 spurt. At 21-20, Sunjic sandwiched a Kent State point around two kills and Tonyan added another for a 24-21 lead. Sunjic closed out the match with one last kill.
For the match, Kent State hit a respectable .221 but the Golden Flashes were not nearly as efficient as Bowling Green. Kent State did outdig BGSU 72-71 but the Falcons had 9.0 blocks, three more than the Golden Flashes. Both teams had six aces as well.
Kent State falls to 12-14 overall and 6-8 in MAC play with the loss. Bowling Green improves to 13-13 and 9-5 in the MAC. The Falcons remain tied with Northern Illinois and Western Michigan for fourth place in the conference standings with one weekend of play remaining. The Falcons will be on the road to place Akron Friday night and Buffalo Saturday night.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – On a night where the Eastern Michigan University volleyball team honored its two seniors, the Eagles fell to Northern Illinois University in four sets (25-16, 27-25, 17-25, 25-15) Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Convocation Center. The conference loss dropped EMU (14-15, 4-10 MAC) below the .500 mark for the first time since Sept. 7 while the Huskies improved to 17-11, including a 9-5 record in MAC play.
The match was the final home contest for EMU seniors Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville). Roback recorded 16 digs, four kills, and a block assist in her last EMU home match while Short tallied 12 kills, six digs and a block assist in her final appearance on the Convocation Center floor.
Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) led the Eagles with 14 kills and 13 digs for a double-double. Libero Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) paced the Eagles with 24 digs and Jill Briner's (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) 39 assists were a team high.
Three Huskies tallied double figures in kills as Jenna Radtke, Sarah Angelos and Mary Grace Kelly collected 14, 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Kelly capped off her double-double by adding 15 digs.
The Huskies scored the first three points of the contest and did not look back to take the opening set, 25-16. EMU cut the lead to one, 14-13, but NIU would rally off five straight to make it 19-13, before continuing to increase its lead and take the first set by nine points. While Northern Illinois hit at a .235 clip, Eastern struggled for a .077 attack percentage with only nine kills. Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan), Katie Krasowski (Oak Lawn, Ill.-Marist) and Perinar each recorded two kills while Briner added six assists. NIU's Sarah Angelos led the Huskies with four kills.
The second set was tightly contested throughout as the Eagles jumped out in front, 10-7. However, NIU would flip the switch to take a three-point advantage of its own, 18-15, forcing EMU Head Coach Kim Berrington to call timeout. The break in the action paid off as Eastern rattled five of the next seven points tie the set up at 20-20. A 24-22 lead caused the Eagles to take another timeout, and the Green and White rattled off back-to-back points to knot the frame, 24-24, forcing the set to go beyond the standard 25 points that it takes to win a set. The two teams would trade points before two in a row gave NIU set two, 27-25.
EMU improved its attack percentage in the second set, hitting .282, but attacked at a .300 clip. Angelos had a big set for her team, recording seven of the Huskies' 17 kills. Perinar paced Eastern with five kills, while Briner and Short added three apiece.
After the extended break, the Eagles began to dominate the third set with a 13-6 advantage, passing the halfway mark on taking the set and keeping their hopes alive. The Eagles increased its lead to double digits, 21-11, before eventually claiming set three. Briner would cap off the set with a powerful kill and a 25-17 EMU third set victory. Eastern hit an impressive .378 in set three, led by Short's eight kills. The senior was 8-for-11 in attacks throughout the set to lead her team in her final game inside the Convocation Center.
The fourth and final set was all NIU as the Huskies cruised to a 25-15 win to earn the match victory. Crawshaw was able to notch five kills in the frame, while Roback tallied nine. Briner and Smith each contributed seven pickups, but EMU's offense dwindled, posting an .044 attack percentage in the final set after converting just 11 kills on 45 attempts with nine errors.
Following the conclusion of the 2013 home schedule, the Eagles wrap up the regular season on the road with trips to Central Michigan, Nov. 14, and Kent State, Nov. 16. Both contests are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve.
BUFFALO, NY - Senior libero Kelly Svoboda had a night to remember on Saturday evening as she broke four digging records with her career-best 43 digs in a five-set loss to Toledo at Alumni Arena. It was an outstanding defensive performance by UB, who dug 98 balls, the most in a single match since 2005.
The catalyst for the performance was Svoboda, who set a personal career-high, while also setting the Division I single-match digging record with 43, just one off the overall program mark. If that wasn't enough, the performance gave her 580 digs on the season, setting a new single-season record surpassing the mark of 553, which Tori Beckman set in 2009, the year before Svoboda stepped on campus. Topping off the evening, the 43 digs give Svoboda 1,889 for her career, moving her into the all-time program lead, surpassing Lizaiha Garcia, who set the record in 2007. The 43 digs were also the most by a MAC player since the 2010 season.
Svoboda paced four UB players who finished in double figures in digs, including senior Dani Reinert and freshman Siena Wilder, who each finished with 16. For Wilder that was a new career best. Sophomore Megan Lipski chipped in with 10 as she played one of her best matches of the season, finishing with the double-double.
If it wasn't for the defensive performance put forth tonight, the story might have been sophomore Tahleia Bishop, who finished with a match-high 25 kills as she had just five errors on 58 total attempts. This comes just one match after setting a new career-high with 26 kills in a five-set match vs. Akron on Thursday. She was one of four players in double figures in kills as senior Christine Fritsche finished with 17, Lipski added 12 and Akeila Lain had 10.
However, for as good as the Bulls were on Saturday night, the MAC West-leading Toledo Rockets were just a little bit better. Toledo took the contest 25-21, 25-27, 25-17, 19-25, 17-15. The team's hit nearly even, with the Bulls recording four more kills. The difference in the match probably came at the service line, where UB had eight errors, opposed to just one for Toledo.
It took extra time in both the second and fifth sets, one which went in the Bulls favor and one that did not. The Bulls opened a 4-1 lead in the fifth and final set, the biggest margin for either team. Toledo's largest lead came at 12-10, but the Bulls scored three straight points to take a 13-12 lead. Toledo than recorded two straight points to lead 14-13, but UB was able to fight off two match points, tying the set up a 15-15. Back-to-back kills gave the Rockets the win.
"This was a very emotional loss, but I am beyond proud at the way we fought tonight against one of the best team's in the league," said head coach Todd Kress. "Kelly had the match of her life tonight and our team never quit and never gave in and as a coach that is all you can ask for."
The Bulls remain home next weekend for a pair of matches at Alumni Arena. UB will host Miami (OH) on Friday night at 7:00 pm and will then host Bowling Green on Saturday night, which will be Senior Day for UB's six-member senior class.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan dominated its rival Western Michigan for the first two sets Saturday night, but were unable to hold off a rally by the Broncos and fell at home in five sets.
The Chippewas (11-15, 5-9 MAC) hit an astounding .565 in set one while limiting the Broncos (16-11, 9-5) to a negative .172 mark to win, 25-8. A back-and-forth affair quickly turned in the Chippewas' favor as they went on a 11-2 run that forced the Broncos to use both their timeouts and gave them a 15-6 lead. The Maroon and Gold scored the final nine points of the first set all with senior Kelly Maxwell serving.
CMU scored the first three points of the second set to extend a 12-0 run over two sets and eventually built its lead to 6-2 on a Western error that forced the visitors to use their first timeout. Western began to rally and eventually took their only lead of the set, 11-10, but CMU scored four straight behind the serve of sophomore Kristen Reenders to reclaim the lead, 14-11. A kill by sophomore Angelique White drew a second timeout from the Broncos and Gotham closed the set with a kill for a 25-19 win to send CMU to the lockerroom with a 2-0 lead.
Western Michigan came out of the break and began its comeback by claiming an early 10-7 lead and eventually pushed it to 14-9 on an ace from Lexie Pawlik. CMU went on a quick 4-1 run to pull within a pair, 15-13, and eventually pulled within a point, 21-20, following a block by McIntyre and another Western error. Unfortunately, the Chippewas were only able to tie the match on a kill by McIntyre, 23-23, before Western claimed the third set, 25-23.
The Broncos led from start to finish in set four, limiting the Chippewas to a negative .026 hitting percentage to claim a 25-16 win to even the match.
The Chippewas fell behind early in the decisive fifth set, 3-1, but were able to put together a short rally and tie the set, 4-4, on a kill by junior Hallie Enderle. WMU then took over, scoring six of the next seven points to force CMU into both of its timeoutes and eventually claiming the match, 15-7.
McIntyre led the Chipewas with 18 kills and five blocks, while White finished with 10 kills and four blocks. Seniors Danielle Gotham and Katie Schuette each chipped in eight kills and Maxwell had a match-high 49 assists. Senior Jenna Coates led all players with 23 digs.
CMU will be back in action Thursday night for its final home game of the season when it hosts in-state foe Eastern Michigan at 7.
AKRON, Ohio – Alex Cocklin issued a match-high 18 kills and Ashley Holder tallied her fifth double-double of the season as Akron dismantled Mid-American Conference West Division leader Ball State, 3-1, Saturday night at James A. Rhodes Arena (25-17, 25-19, 9-25, 26-24).
The result was Akron's first victory over Ball State in exactly five years to the day, since the Zips took down the Cardinals in five sets on Nov. 9, 2008, on the road.
UA picked up its second win in as many outings, improving its record to 8-17 overall and 2-12 in the MAC. BSU dropped to 22-7 and 10-4 in league play.
Ball State entered the match holding opponents to a .153 attack percentage – a mark that led the conference – and the Zips finished the night with a .218 clip, out-hitting the Cardinals for the match.
Holder posted 40 assists and 17 digs, putting Akron's hitters in a good position to score. In addition to Cocklin's 18 kills from the outside, the Zips enjoyed a big night from their middle blockers. Julie Shallman hit an impressive .533 with nine kills and just one error in 15 swings. The freshman also delivered three solo blocks and two assists, contributing to Akron's nine total team blocks.
Alex Wiederholt added eight kills and five block-assists, while Kelsey Wilson chipped in seven kills and four block-assists. Jill Paluch led the Zips from the back row with a team-high 20 digs.
Ball State recorded double-doubles from Alex Fuelling (15 kills, 14 digs) and Jacqui Seidel (20 assists, 11 digs).
The Zips set the tone early in the first set, stringing together several mini 3-0 runs to stay ahead of the Cardinals. A kill from Cocklin and a solo block from Shallman gave Akron a 15-10 advantage and forced Ball State to call its first timeout.
Akron continued to maintain its five-point cushion until back-to-back Ball State kills cut the lead to three at 19-16. UA answered with five-straight points, highlighted by big plays from Shallman and Wiederholt and a service ace from Holder. Shallman put down the final kill at Akron's second look at set point to put Akron ahead 1-0.
UA carried its momentum into the second set, sprinting out to a 4-0 lead on a pair of kills at the hands of Julia Smagacz. The Zips would never trail in the set, stringing together points and making the most of a late 4-0 run to take a 23-16 lead.
A Ball State service error combined with a Wiederholt kill was the formula for victory in the second frame, as the Zips went ahead two sets to none for just the seventh time this season.
After dropping the third set, the Zips found their footing again in the fourth. Akron stopped Ball State in its tracks courtesy of a 9-2 run midway through the period to take the lead with the score at 17-13.
UA scored on five of the next seven plays, including a clutch substitution service ace from Mary Delich coming out of a Ball State timeout, to go ahead 22-15. The Cardinals would not go quietly however, rattling off seven straight points to knot the score at 22-all.
BSU tied it again at 23 and went ahead on set point on a kill from Fuelling, but a Wilson kill gave Akron new life and evened the score at 24.
It was only fitting that Cocklin put away the final two kills for the victory, handing Ball State its second loss in a row.
The Zips continue their homestand next weekend for the final two matches of the regular season. Akron is slated to host Bowling Green on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., and will take on Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. UA's clash with the RedHawks will also be senior night, as Cocklin, Paluch and Wiederholt will be honored prior to their final match at Rhodes Arena.
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team took the Mid-American Conference leading Ohio Bobcats to five sets Saturday night, but ultimately fell, 2-3 (27-25, 17-25, 24-26, 25-17, 12-15). The RedHawks are now 11-15 overall and 3-11 in the MAC. Ohio improves to 22-4 overall and 12-2 in the MAC.
In what was a great team effort, several Miami players recorded double-doubles on the evening. Junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley led the way with 12 kills and 22 assists. She was one dig shy of a triple-double, finishing with nine. Freshman setter Krista Brakauskas had 30 assists and 16 digs, while freshman outside hitter Maris Below finished with 16 kills and 16 digs for a double-double of her own.
In their final match at Millett Hall, the seniors made sure it was a memorable Senior Day. Senior libero Madison Hardy finished with a team-high 27 digs, while senior outside hitter Madison Dodd had 15 digs and two blocks.
Tied at six in set one, a service ace by Below, followed by back-to-back blocks from sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle put the RedHawks in front, 9-6. Ohio rallied to tie score at 13. The teams traded side outs until it was tied at 16. Kills from Dodd and sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig put Miami up two, but the Bobcats scored the next three points to regain the lead at 19-18 and force a MU timeout.
Out of the break, Riley scored back-to-back kills to begin a 4-0 run that put the ‘Hawks up 22-19. Riley and Below each had kills as Miami eventually got set point at 24-22. Ohio fought it off to tie the score at 24. The RedHawks did not give in as tied at 25, a block by Ingle and Reiswig, followed by a kill from Reiswig gave Miami a 27-25 win.
Tied at seven in set two, the turning point came as Ohio went on a 7-2 run to take control at 14-9. A pair of kills by Below helped the RedHawks get as close as three at 14-17, but the Bobcats finished the set on an 8-3 run to take a 25-17 victory.
Freshman middle hitter Paige Hill assisted on a pair of blocks as Miami jumped to a 7-3 lead to begin set three. Ohio responded with an 8-4 run that tied the score at 11. Hill recorded three kills, but the Bobcats eventually took an 18-16 lead. A kill by sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney, an OU attack error and a block from Reiswig put the ‘Hawks in front. The teams traded side outs until a kill from Hill gave Miami set point. The Bobcats fought it off by scoring the next three points in a row to steal a 26-24 win.
Three kills by Reiswig, along with kills from Below, Riley and Hill put Miami in up early in set four, a lead it would not relinquish. In front, 14-11, the ‘Hawks went on a 5-2 run to put the set out of reach at 19-13. Below recorded three kills down the stretch to help finish off a 25-17 victory and send the match to a fifth and deciding set.
Trailing 2-3 in set five, a kill from Below off of Brakauskas’ assist, a service ace by Below and a kill from Reiswig off of Riley’s assist put Miami up, 5-3. After the Bobcats scored a point, the RedHawks answered with the next three to take an 8-4 advantage. Ohio fought back with the next four in a row to tie the score at eight. The teams traded side outs until Miami was in front, 11-10. The Bobcats went on a 4-0 run to create match point at 14-11. A kill from Below allowed the RedHawks to fight it off once, but Ohio scored on the next point to take a 15-12 win.
Reiswig finished with 13 kills and four blocks (one solo, three assisted). She had three of Miami’s six service aces on the night. Hill had eight kills and five blocks (one solo and four assisted). As a team, the RedHawks finished with 13 blocks, with Ingle tying Hill for the team lead with five.
Miami completes its season next week with a pair of road matches. The RedHawks travel to Buffalo Friday for a 7 p.m. match. They then move on to Akron on Saturday for a 5 p.m. match.