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MAC Volleyball 2015: Week 10 Recap

With two weekends left in the regular season, who is positioning themselves for a MAC Tournament run?

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Akron (8-17, 2-10 MAC)

The woes of the Zips continued this weekend as they fell 3-1 to Buffalo and 3-0 to Toledo. The team's average hitting percentage for the two games was less than .130, and it faces some tough outs in Bowling Green and Miami coming up.

Ball State (13-13, 7-5 MAC)

The Cardinals have been on fire as of late, winning five straight as well as four via sweep with Toledo and Buffalo being the most recent victims. Amanda Raker had a career weekend, as she hit .850 and tallied 18 kills in the two matches. The Cards now look to continue their streak on the road as they take on Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.

Bowling Green (6-19, 2-10 MAC)

After knocking off Kent State in five sets on Friday, the Falcons were unable to sustain that momentum the following night as they were swept by Ohio. Against the Flashes, Bowling Green outhit them .238-.201 and had four players with double digit kills. BG hopes to have success on the road this week at Buffalo and Akron.

Buffalo (6-18, 5-7 MAC)

The Bulls extended their winning streak to three matches a four-set win over Akron prior to getting swept by Ball State. Buffalo's offense struggled mightily against the Cardinals, posting a hitting percentage of .038. UB hosts Bowling Green and Miami this weekend.

Central Michigan (10-15, 5-7 MAC)

The losing streak of the Chippewas has now hit three matches with a 3-2 loss to Western Michigan and a 3-0 defeat to Northern Illinois. The Chips' defense struggled mightily against NIU, allowing a .480 attack percentage for the match. Central Michigan hosts Eastern Michigan before heading to Athens to take on MAC-leading Ohio.

Eastern Michigan (12-13, 4-8 MAC)

Speaking of skids, the one of the Eagles have hit four matches with 0-3 and 1-3 losses to Northern Illinois and Western Michigan respectively. Eastern Michigan had issues on offense as it hit less than .100 for the two matches. It doesn't get any easier for EMU as it travels to take on Central Michigan and Kent State this week.

Kent State (15-9, 9-3 MAC)

The second-place team in the MAC East saw its seven-match winning streak snapped in five sets against Bowling Green before sweeping third-place Miami on the following night. In the loss against the Falcons, the Flashes were dominated in blocks 16-4. Kent State travels to Ohio before returning home against Eastern Michigan.

Miami (16-9, 8-4 MAC)

The RedHawks were able to sweep Ohio for their first win over the Bobcats since 2010, but were unable to carry that momentum the following night in a 0-3 loss to Kent State. The 'Hawks held the Bobcats to a .037 hitting percentage but couldn't corral the Flashes attack as they hit .315. Miami looks to pick up some key road wins against Akron and Buffalo this week.

Northern Illinois (14-10, 10-2 MAC)

The MAC West-leading Huskies picked up some sweeps in Michigan over the weekend with wins over Eastern and Central Michigan. Anna Brereton recorded a staggering 37 digs in the two matches, which amounts to over six per set. Northern Illinois hosts Toledo and Ball State this week.

Ohio (20-5, 10-2 MAC)

After sustaining its second straight 0-3 loss of the season to Miami, the Bobcats returned to form with a sweep of Bowling Green as Abby Gilleland registered her 13th double-double of the year with 32 assists and 15 digs. The 'Cats return to Athens to host Kent State and Central Michigan this week.

Toledo (5-20, 2-10 MAC)

Following a sweep at the hands of Ball State, the Rockets responded with a sweep of their own over Akron, where they outhit the Zips .255-.121. Toledo will definitely be tested next week with road matches against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

Western Michigan (12-15, 8-4 MAC)

The defending MAC Tournament champions have put themselves in a great position with 3-2 and 3-1 wins over in-state rivals Central and Eastern Michigan as they are in second-place in the MAC West with two weekends left in the regular season. Hailey Knecht had a career weekend on the back row with 64 digs in the two matches. The Broncos round out their home matches with Ball State and Toledo this week.