The opening weekend of MAC volleyball has come to a close and only one team has made it out of the weekend undefeated.
The Zips were able to sweep Western Illinois this weekend but fell in five sets to SIU Edwardsville and Drake in the Holiday Inn Leatherneck Invitational in Macomb, Ill. Julia Smagacz led the offense with 38 kills through the weekend as Akron gets set to host Cleveland State on Tuesday.
Ball State (3-0)
The Cardinals are the only unbeaten in the MAC as they downed Albany 3-1, Belmont 3-2, and New Mexico 3-2 in their home tournament. Alex Fuelling was named the Tournament's MVP with three double-doubles while Jenna Spadafora and Kelly Hopkins also joined her on the All-Tournament team. Ball State returns to action at IUPUI on Wednesday.
Bowling Green (2-2)
After dropping matches to Indiana and Middle Tennessee State on Friday, the Falcons knocked off Notre Dame 3-1 as well as Cleveland State in five sets on Saturday. Katie Scholten posted back-to-back double-doubles as she had 9.18 assists per set over the weekend.
The Bulls had a rough go of it this weekend as they were swept by Penn State and Villanova before getting dropped 3-1 by Stony Brook. The offense left much to be desired as it recorded of .016 in the three games this weekend.
Central Michigan (1-2)
After dropping their matches with IPFW and Eastern Illinois 3-1 and 3-2 respectively, the Chippewas ended the weekend on the right note with a 3-2 victory over UIC. Jordan Bueter came up big in the win with 15 kills and seven digs on the night.
Eastern Michigan (2-1)
The Eagles put in some good work in the Queen City Classic as they swept Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati before falling 3-1 to Xavier. Leading the offensive attack is Stacey Perinar with 4.90 kills per set this weekend.
Kent State (2-2)
The Flashes had some ups-and-downs this weekend with wins over Morgan State and Duquesne as well as four-set losses to Hofstra and Maryland. Bridget Wilhelm was named to the All-Tournament team thanks to her .424 hitting percentage, 2.47 kills per set, 10 blocks, 10 digs, and three service aces over the weekend.
Facing a tough opening slate were the RedHawks, who fell 3-2 to Creighton, 3-0 to Illinois, and 3-1 to Louisville. Katie Tomasic earned All-Tournament honors with her 22 kills and four blocks as Miami returns to Oxford for its home opener on Tuesday against Wright State.
Northern Illinois (2-1)
In their home tournament, the Huskies swept South Dakota State and lost 3-1 to Pacific before knocking off Iowa in four sets. Mary Grace Kelly led the way against the Hawkeyes with 18 kills in the match-up. Northern Illinois will have to make a quick turnaround on Monday night when it hosts Milwaukee.
The defending regular season MAC East champs had their weekend end on a sour note after sweeping Austin Peay and VCU as the Bobcats were swept by Purdue. Abby Gilleland is in mid-season for for the 'Cats as she tallied 8.33 assists per set in the three games. Ohio faces another test on Tuesday when they travel to take on Kentucky.
It was tough sledding for the Rockets as they were downed by Bradley, Green Bay, and Youngstown State over the weekend. Rachel Vidourek was a bright spot for Toledo as she had 2.17 kills per set and nine blocks in the matches as she earned All-Tournament honors.
Western Michigan (0-3)
The defending MAC champions started off the season on the wrong foot as the Broncos fell to Milwaukee, Missouri State, and Furman over the weekend. The defense had its hands full as opponents were able to hit .268 on it as Western Michigan hopes it can right the ship on Tuesday at IPFW.