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MAC Volleyball 2015: Week 7 Recap


Scott Walstrom, NIU Media Services

Akron (7-12, 1-5 MAC)

The Zips have now dropped their last five MAC matches as they were swept by Ohio and Kent State at home this weekend. Since entering conference play, Akron has hit .191 as a team, and have to turn it around quickly as they host Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

Ball State (9-11, 3-3 MAC)

Also on a losing skid are the Cardinals, who pushed their streak to three after a pair of 1-3 losses on the road to Central and Eastern Michigan. Brooklyn Goodsel has been an asset in MAC play as she has posted 2.48 kills per set and hopes to continue that success at Ohio and Kent State.

Bowling Green (5-14, 1-5 MAC)

The Falcons have a three-match losing streak of their own as they fell at Miami and Western Michigan over the weekend. Jelena Sunjic has been a playmaker for Bowling Green despite the losses with 3.91 kills per set, a .253 hitting percentage, and 2.13 digs per set against conference opponents. BG returns home this weekend to host Central and Eastern Michigan.

Buffalo (3-15, 2-4 MAC)

The struggles continue for the Bulls with a 1-3 loss at Kent State and a sweep at Ohio. A lone bright spot for Buffalo has been Megan Lipski with 3.5 kills per set and 3.82 digs per set in MAC play as UB gets set to host Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

Central Michigan (8-11, 3-3 MAC)

The Chippewas picked up some big wins as they downed Ball State 3-1 and swept Toledo. Jordan Bueter has continued her roll in conference action as she has registered 3.29 kills per set along with 2.58 digs per set. Central Michigan hits the road to take on Miami and Bowling Green this weekend.

Eastern Michigan (11-8, 3-3 MAC)

Also making a push in the MAC West are the Eagles, who took down Toledo 3-0 and Ball State 3-1. The offense rolled in the wins by posting attack percentages in excess of .240 and looks to roll again at Miami and Bowling Green.

Kent State (10-8, 4-2 MAC)

The Flashes pushed their winning streak to three games with a 3-1 win at Buffalo and a sweep at Akron. The tandem of Kelsey Bittinger and Kelly Hutchison have been huge for Kent State with more than 7.5 kills per set between them in MAC play. KSU returns home this weekend against Toledo and Ball State.

Miami (12-7, 4-2 MAC)

After extending their winning streak to three with a sweep at Bowling Green, the RedHawks were swept for their second loss in the MAC at Northern Illinois. Miami managed to outdig the Huskies 61-56, but NIU dominated the 'Hawks blocking 11-5. The'Hawks host Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Northern Illinois (9-9, 5-1 MAC)

The MAC West-leading Huskies have been rolling, winning five of its last six matches with sweeps over Western Michigan and Miami over the weekend. NIU has been able to hit the cover off the ball in conference action with a .276 hitting percentage, and look to keep that trend going at Akron and Buffalo.

Ohio (16-3, 6-0 MAC)

The MAC East Division leaders, the Bobcats have won its last nine matches, including five of the last six via sweep with Akron and Buffalo being the most recent victims. The onslaught has been coming from all over the place as four players have recorded two or more kills per set in MAC play. Ohio host Ball State and Toledo this weekend.

Toledo (3-16, 0-6)

Conversely, the Rockets have not been doing as much winning as losses to Eastern and Central Michigan extended their losing skid to seven matches. Toledo has yet to hit for .200 in conference games and likely will continue that trend at Kent State and Ohio.

Western Michigan (8-13, 4-2 MAC)

The defending MAC champions' up-and-down season continues with a sweep by Northern Illinois and a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green. The team had an offensive explosion against the Falcons with three players tallying 13 kills or more. WMU hits the road to take on Buffalo and Akron.