The Zips have dropped their last four matches as they enter MAC play this weekend against at Buffalo on Thursday and host Ball State on Saturday. Amanda Bedall has a been a a bright spot for Akron with 3.16 kills per set so far this season.
Ball State (6-8)
In the Purdue Boiler Box Challenge over the weekend, the Cardinals struggle as they dropped three straight matches, including sweeps by Notre Dame and #22 Purdue. The Cards begin conference play with matches at Toledo and Akron on Thursday and Saturday respectively.
Bowling Green (4-9)
The Falcons were able to snap their five-match losing streak against Lehigh on Saturday as Jelena Sunjic powered the offense with 13 kills and a .385 attack percentage. BGSU hits the road for its MAC opener as it takes on Ohio on Friday and Kent State on Saturday.
Despite picking up their first win of the season over Navy, the Bulls' woes continued as they were swept by New Hampshire and Syracuse to close out the weekend. The team has a hitting percentage of .127, a number that it needs to improve as it squares off against Akron and Toledo at home on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Central Michigan (5-8)
The Chips managed to stop their four-match skid with sweeps over San Jose State and Nebraska-Omaha as Jamison Wolffis had a strong showing at libero with 33 digs over the weekend. CMU travels to take on MAC West foes Northern Illinois on Friday and Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Eastern Michigan (8-5)
Limping into conference play are the Eagles, who dropped two in a row over the weekend as they pack their bags for division games at Western Michigan and NIU on Friday and Saturday respectively. Leading the charge for the EMU attack is Stacey Perinar with her 4.02 kills per set on the season.
Kent State (6-6)
The Flashes ended their weekend on a high note with a four-set win over Nevada on Saturday as Kelsey Bittinger had a monster weekend with 48 kills, 18 digs, and a .342 hitting percentage. Kent State hosts MAC East opponents Miami on Friday and Bowling Green on Saturday.
Rolling into MAC play are the RedHawks, who swept all three matches in their home tournament over the weekend. Paige Hill took home Tournament MVP honors with 26 kills, eight blocks, and a .397 attack percentage. Miami hits the road for MAC collisions with Kent State on Friday and Ohio on Saturday.
Northern Illinois (4-8)
The Huskies have struggled as of late as they have lost each of their last four matches, including a 3-2 heartbreaker to Western Kentucky. The defense has had issues this season, allowing teams to hit for .230 and registering 12.8 digs per set (10th in the MAC). NIU host Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan on Friday and Saturday respectively to open conference action.
Winners of five of their last six matches, the Bobcats are set to host MAC East rivals Bowling Green and Miami on Friday and Saturday. The trio of Jaime Kosiorek, Abby Gilleland, and Meredith Ashy prove to be a tough match-up for Ohio opponents with Kosiorek's 3.35 kills per set, Gilleland's 10.31 assists per set, and Ashy's 5.43 digs per set.
The weekend ended on a sour note for the Rockets as they were swept by Cleveland State on Saturday as they host Ball State on Thursday and travel to face Buffalo on Saturday. Toledo's offense has had problems as it has a .181 hitting percentage on the season.
Western Michigan (4-11)
The Broncos split matches over the weekend with wins over Dartmouth and Eastern Illinois as well as losses to Oakland and #13 Ohio State. The defending MAC champions begin conference play at home as they host EMU and CMU on Friday and Saturday respectively.