Another match, another sweep for the BGSU volleyball team. The Falcons clipped Central Michigan University in three sets to extend their win streak to nine straight on Oct. 16.
CMU did give BGSU a scare early on. The first set of the match went into extra points.
The Chippewas did get more kills than the Falcons with 17-15. That only took them so far in the set.
With nine attacking errors and three service errors in the set, BGSU stayed in the set and finished with two straight points for the 27-25 set win.
As long as the Chippewas could stay close or match the Falcons in kills, they were competitive in the set. For the match, CMU had 43 kills and BGSU had 45 kills.
However, the offense declined for CMU as the match went on. After reaching 17 kills in the first set, they had 13 kills in each set after.
The efficiency went down as well for CMU. After hitting for .178 in the first set, they hit for .163 in the second set and .114 in the third set. The Falcons limited the Chippewas’ hitting percentage to .152 in the match.
BGSU eventually became their dominant self in the match. After being down 6-2 early in the second set, they clawed back to win the second set 25-22.
Once the third set started, the Falcons aimed to finish the match. They started the set on a 6-1 run. The Chippewas came close at times, but could never even tie the Falcons in the third set.
In the third set, the Falcons hit for .400. They had 16 kills and only two attacking errors. For the Chippewas, they had 13 kills and eight attacking errors. BGSU won the set 25-19.
The offense finished the match with a hitting percentage over .300, hitting for .304.
After struggling in the last match against CMU, redshirt freshman Kat Mandly led the team in kills this match with 17. Mandly also hit for a career best .467.
Junior Petra Indrova also reached double-digit kills with 14 in the match. Seven of her kills came in the first set.
Senior Hanna Laube continued to run the offense at a high level and Laube had 38 assists in the match. For CMU, senior Sierra Gray was the only Chippewa with double-digit kills with 10.
It was another successful day for the Falcons’ front line. They reached double-digit blocks again with 11 total team blocks. CMU could only reach three total team blocks.
Junior Madelynn Luebcke led the team with five block assists. Senior Katie Kidwell and Mandly finished second on the team with four block assists each.
The Falcons will have a quick turnaround with a road trip to Oxford on Oct. 20 to face Miami (OH).