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2015 MAC Volleyball: Week 2 Recap

Which MAC teams were able to knock off Power 5 teams in the second week of the season?

Scott Kissell, Miami Athletics

Akron (4-3)

The Zips made some hay over the weekend as they downed Navy, St. Francis (Pa.), and Canisius. Kelsey Wilson took home MVP honors with her .357 attack percentage and 23 blocks on the season. Akron returns to action against Wright State on Friday and rematches with St. Francis and the Raiders on Saturday.

Ball State (5-2)

The Cardinals snapped a two-match skid on Saturday with back-to-back sweeps of Florida Atlantic and Pepperdine as they have been strong on defense this season as they have registered 14.74 digs per set and 2.26 blocks per set. The Cards head west this weekend as they square off against Utah Valley and Washington State on Friday, and tangle with Morehead State the following day.

Bowling Green (3-4)

After back-to-back losses, the Falcons picked up a 3-2 win over IPFW on Saturday as Nicole Slimko tallied 20 kills in the victory. Bowling Green faces a big test this weekend as they take on Northern Arizona on Friday as well as Indiana and Virginia Tech the Saturday.

Buffalo (0-5)

The woes for the Bulls continue as they got swept in four of their first five matches of the season while having an attack percentage of .031. It doesn't get any easier for Buffalo this weekend as it faces Ole Miss and Belmont on Friday before playing Southern Miss the next day.

Central Michigan (2-4)

The Chippewas broke their second two-match skid of the season with a five-set victory over Binghampton as the team recorded 13 service aces in the match-up. It'll be a big weekend for the Chips as they square off against Cal State Fullerton and Sacramento State on Friday, and take the court again on Saturday against UC Riverside and Fresno State.

Eastern Michigan (5-1)

The Eagles were able to take flight as they downed West Virginia, IUPUI, and UNC Charlotte. Stacey Perinar took tournament MVP honors as she continued her offensive dominance with 4.35 kills per set. Eastern Michigan plays IPFW and Indiana State on Friday before taking on Murray State and Tennessee-Martin the following day.

Kent State (4-3)

Picking up back-to-back victories over the weekend were the Flashes, as they were able to beat Albany 3-2 and Oakland 3-1. The tourney MVP for Kent State was Kelly Hutchison, who accounted for 4.93 kills per set, 26 digs, and 10 blocks over three matches. KSU will be challenged on Thursday and Friday when it faces Georgetown and Wisconsin respectively.

Miami (3-4)

Winners of three of their last four matches, the RedHawks were able to sweep #19 Michigan State on Saturday as they outhit the Spartans .280-.161 for the match. Miami marches southwest this weekend to face Montana State on Friday as well as Weber State and Nevada on Saturday.

Northern Illinois (3-3)

After winning three of their first four to start the season, the Huskies hit a roadbump as they were swept by #22 Ohio State and #14 Florida State. Northern Illinois return to the court Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to take on Wichita State, Texas State, and Kentucky respectively.

Ohio (5-2)

After taking down #10 Kentucky on Tuesday, the Bobcats downed LSU and Xavier this weekend before falling in five sets to Michigan. Abby Gilleland picked up her third double-double this season against the Wolverines with 58 assists and 18 digs. The 'Cats play more Power 5 opponents this weekend with Seton Hall, Utah, and Louisville on tap for Friday and Saturday.

Toledo (1-5)

The Rockets snapped their five-match losing streak with a 3-2 win over Evansville as Rachel Vidourek registered 19 kills in the match. Toledo hopes to continue its winning ways on Friday and Saturday when it takes on IUPUI, Youngstown State, and Illinois State.

Western Michigan (1-7)

The Broncos dropped their last four matches with sweeps against #15 Arizona State and #9 Colorado State. It doesn't get easier for Western Michigan as it faces Michigan and Pittsburgh on Friday as well as South Carolina on Saturday.