The Falcon volleyball team grabbed a pair of three-set shutouts, taking down the Miami RedHawks 3-0 on Thursday night before defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies 3-0 on Saturday night.
The Thursday match began with the Falcons winning 25-21 in the first set with junior outside hitter Jessi Holly leading the team with four kills. In the second set, the Falcons took a close victory as they won 25-23, junior middle blocker Celena Kanagin leading the offense with four kills in the set. The third set would not be as close, however, with the Falcons winning it 25-17 to claim the 3-0 match victory. Holly led the team with four kills in the final set, as well as leading the team offensively in the match overall with nine kills. Kanagin and freshman outside hitter Katelyn Meyer also had strong offensive performances with eight and seven kills respectively.
“I am very proud of our team for the way they prepared and played against a tough Miami team,” Head Coach Danijela Tomic said. “We executed our game plan excellently, and everyone did their job. Our defense and serve receive were outstanding and helped us create opportunities for our offense that was also very efficient tonight. … This might be our best performance this season, but we want to build on this and continue getting better.”
On Saturday, the team travelled to Northern Illinois and started out with the team taking a 28-26 victory in the first set, coming back from being down 24-18, with Kanagin earning five kills. The second set saw the team win it 25-20, Kanagin leading the team with seven kills. In the third set, the team closed it out with a 25-17 victory to win the match 3-0. Kanagin and Meyer tied for the team lead in the final set in kills with three each as Kanagin led the team in the match overall with 15 kills.
“This was a huge road win for us because NIU is probably the toughest place to play on the road,” Tomic said. “Our team showed so much grit, poise and maturity throughout the whole match but especially in the first set. To come back (being down) 11-21 and (16-7) speaks volume about the character and toughness of our team.”
The team will next play in its final series of the regular season, facing the Ohio Bobcats on the road on Friday night before playing the Kent State Golden Flashes on the road on Saturday night. After the next weekend, the team will play in the MAC tournament in Oxford, Ohio, as the team currently holds first place in the MAC.