Courtesy of Bowling Green Athletic Communications
ROCHESTER, Mich.—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team swept Oakland University on Tuesday night, recording their second straight three-set sweep. With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-9 on the year, and have won eight of the last 10 matches. The Orange and Brown will return home for a pair of MAC contests this weekend. On Friday night, the Falcons will take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles at 5:00 p.m. before hosting Central Michigan at the same time on Saturday.
The Falcons rolled to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 win on the evening, as they hit .296 in the match. Bowling Green held Oakland to a hitting percentage of .085, as no Golden Grizzlies' player had more than five kills.
Both Kelsey Bates and Lindsey Butterfield paced the Falcons' offense, as both of them had 11 kills apiece. Bates also led the Falcons with three blocks and an attacking percentage of .588 (11-1-17).
Bowling Green got off to a slow start in the match, as Oakland scored three of the first four points to grab an early 3-1 lead. The Orange and Brown would take control from there, as they scored nine of the next 13 points to take a 10-7 lead. With the scored tied at 11 apiece in the middle of the set, the Falcons would pull away, scoring the next eight to grab a 19-11 lead and force two Oakland timeouts. BGSU would hang on from there, finishing off the 25-20 victory.
The Falcons would win the second set by an identical score, as they once again fell behind 3-1. The Golden Grizzlies would force the Falcons into a timeout, as BGSU trailed 9-6 in the second set. For the second straight set, the two teams would be tied at 11 apiece, but the Falcons would pull away from there, never trailing the rest of the way en route to a 25-20 win.
The Falcons had their way in the third set, as they never trailed on their way to a 25-14 victory. Bowling Green led by as much as 11 on three different occasions.
The Orange and Brown have now won three in a row, and seven of the last eight matches to improve to .500 (9-9) on the season. The Falcons will host EMU and CMU at the Stroh Center, on Friday and Saturday evening, respectively. Saturday night's match will be the "Dig Pink" match, aimed to raise breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free pink rally towel courtesy of Kroger.