The Zips saw their five-match winning streak snapped on Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Wright State, as the team was outhit .183-.188 by the Raiders. Akron wraps up its non-conference slate with matches against Samford, Morehead State, and East Tennessee State this weekend in Morehead, Ky.
Ball State (6-4)
After snapping their three-match skid in four sets against Morehead State on Saturday (thanks to Mackenzie Kitchel's 16 kills), the Cardinals face one last non-conference test as they host IPFW Wednesday before participating in the Purdue Boiler Box Challenge against Notre Dame, Purdue, and South Dakota this weekend.
Bowling Green (3-7)
The Falcons struggled over the weekend as they were swept by Northern Arizona and Indiana before falling in four sets to Virginia Tech. It doesn't get any easier for Bowling Green as they head east for the Panther Invitational this weekend against Pittsburgh, George Washington, and Lehigh.
The winless streak continues for the Bulls as they fell 3-2 to Ole Miss, 3-0 to Belmont, and 3-2 to Southern Miss. Four more matches stand between Buffalo and MAC play as they travel to Cansius on Tuesday for a match before squaring off with Navy, New Hampshire, and Syracuse this weekend.
Central Michigan (3-7)
The Chips lost three straight matches to end the weekend, culminating in back-to-back sweeps by UC Riverside and Fresno State. Central Michigan hosts the Chippewa Challenge this weekend as it takes on Evansville, San Jose State, and Nebraska-Omaha.
Eastern Michigan (7-3)
After consecutive losses, the Eagles ended the weekend on a good note, taking down Tennessee-Martin in five sets. Corynne Smith led the defense with 25 digs in the match, as EMU heads to Dayton this weekend to play Jacksonville, Illinois State, and the hosting Flyers.
Kent State (5-4)
The Flashes had their three-match winning streak snapped as Wisconsin swept them on Saturday. The Badgers had their way on offense as they hit .354 for the match, compared to KSU's hitting percentage of .167. Kent State travels west this weekend to face Santa Clara, Sacramento State, and Nevada.
Getting swept by Nevada Saturday night prevented the RedHawks from extending their winning streak to five matches, despite Paige Hill hitting .429 and putting down 10 kills against the Wolfpack. Miami returns to Oxford for the Miami Invitational this weekend against Northern Kentucky, Green Bay, and IPFW.
Northern Illinois (4-5)
The Huskies have dropped four of their last five matches, including a sweep by #21 Kentucky on Saturday. Jenna Radtke had some success over the weekend regardless of the losses as she had 37 kills, 14 blocks and a .464 hitting percentage over the three matches. Northern Illinois will be challenged again this weekend as it takes on Alabama, Western Kentucky, and Northern Iowa.
A five-set loss to Louisville soured what was a good weekend for the Bobcats as they swept Seton Hall and Utah prior to their match with the Cardinals. Abby Gilleland continues to be one of the MAC's best as she posted her fifth double-double of the season against Louisville. Ohio heads south this weekend to square off against Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast twice.
The woes of the Rockets continue as they fell to IUPUI, Youngstown State, and Illinois State over the weekend. Toledo travels to Valparaiso on Tuesday before hosting the Blue/Gold Invitational against Robert Morris, Radford, and Cleveland State this weekend.
Western Michigan (2-9)
The Broncos snapped a six-match skid with a 3-1 victory over South Carolina on Saturday, thanks to Alysia Baznik's 18 kills and 11 digs as well as Hailey Knecht's 26 digs. WMU has four matches this weekend as it plays Oakland, Dartmouth, Ohio State, and Eastern Illinois.