Article Image
Courtesy: BSU Photo Services

Women’s Volleyball Stunned By Eastern Michigan; 3-1

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
         
Release: November 10, 2011
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Share |

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - Despite three players with double-digit kills, the Ball State women's volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 28-26) Mid-American Conference setback to Eastern Michigan Thursday evening at Worthen Arena.

   With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 22-6 (11-4 MAC) on the year. The Eagles improve to 21-9 (9-6 MAC) and snapped BSU's 23-match homecourt winning streak which was the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.

   The match saw another pair of solid performances from Ball State's transfers, as junior outside hitter Kara Bates blasted a match-high 18 kills and sophomore transfer Lauren Grant added 14 markers, one shy of her career-high.

   Bates would lead all BSU attackers with a .341 (18-4-41) hitting mark, while Grant finished the night connecting for a .321 (14-5-28) rate of success. Bates also tied for team-high honors with 15 digs to record her third kill/dig double-double of the season. Grant would add three block assists to her stat line.

   Also turning in a solid performance was sophomore outside hitter Whitney Heeres who tallied 11 kills and a .269 (11-4-26) hitting mark. Sophomore libero Catie Fredrich tied Bates for team-high honors with 15 digs.

   Senior setter Brittany McGinnis added her ninth assist/dig double-double of the season, handing out a match-high 53 assists while collecting 11 digs. She also blasted a pair of aces and tallied a pair of blocks.

   While Rachel Iaquaniello led the Eagles with 17 kills, it was Kristin Baker that made the biggest impact in the match for EMU with 16 kills and a .556 (16-1-27) hitting mark. EMU setter Ashley Mason also added a double-double with 52 assists and a match-high 16 digs.

   As a team, BSU hit for a .250 (64-24-160) rate of success for the match, while EMU connected for a .301 (61-17-146) mark. Both teams recorded seven blocks, while the Eagles held a slim 64-62 edge in digs.

   McGinnis started the match with an ace to help Ball State pull out to a 4-1 lead. Unfortunately, EMU battled back to tie the score at five and took their first lead at 9-7 on a back-to-back Iaquaniello kills. The Eagles extended their lead to six points, at 19-13, only to have BSU battle back within one at 21-20. After the teams traded kills, Eastern Michigan scored the final three points to win the set 25-21.

   The teams played to a 9-9 stalemate in the second set before two EMU attack errors and a Kelsey Brandl ace gave BSU the next three points. Ball State took a three-point lead at 16-13 and remained ahead by the same margin at 23-20. The Eagles scored the next two points, before a Heeres kill gave BSU set-point at 24-22. Heeres closed out the set two points later, at 25-23, with another big blast.

   Eastern Michigan came out of the break looking to respond, and did just that by pulling ahead 11-2. Despite a strong serving run from Bates, which brought BSU within five at 11-6, the Cardinals would get no closer and lose the set 25-18.

   After the teams battled to a 10-10 tie in the fourth frame, the Cardinals looked poised to force a fifth set by pulling ahead 20-14. Unfortunately, Eastern Michigan rallied back to tie the score at 23. Kills from Heeres and Grant gave BSU a pair of set points, only to have EMU answer each time.

   The Eagles reached their first match point at 26-25, only to have a Brandl kill keep the hosts alive. However, back-to-back kill from Iaquaniello ended the set at 28-26 and the match at 3-1.

   The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to action Saturday, when it closes out the MAC regular season with a 7 p.m. senior night matchup versus Central Michigan.

CONNECT WITH THE CARDINALS
BALL STATE ALL ACCESS
SL Recap: Women's Volleyball vs. Northern Illinois
Women's Volleyball: Cards Grow 5 Sets at a Time
Volleyball: SL Postmatch Interview & Highlights
Volleyball: Highights versus EMU (Oct. 3, 2014)
Women's Volleyball: Shondell Inducted into Burris...
SL Recap: Women's Volleyball vs. Northern Colorado
Volleyball: Video Board Highlights vs. WIU
Women’s Volleyball: 2014 Preseason Update
Women's Volleyball: Shondell Chills 4 Charity
Volleyball: Kylee Baker Battling Through The Pain
Ball State All Access
http://www.meijer.com/
Meineke Car Care
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
A-1 Graphics
American Chevrolet
Applebee's
Burger King
Cousin Vinnys
Dillman's Furniture
Discount Tire
Holiday Inn Express
Jimmy John's
Johnny Carino's
Mancino's
Muncie Auto Group
Mutual Bank
Peak Property Group
Pepsi
Sam Pierce Chevrolet
Shane Co.
Tom Raper RV
Victory Honda
Village Promenade
MacAllister Rentals
A-1 For Fun
Baskin Robins
Domino's
Prime Trust
Sport Clips
T.I.S. Bookstore
TMax
Advanced Signs
Cambria Hotels and Suites
Central Indiana Orthopedic
Coldwell Banker
Cooper Tires
Deans
Downtown Muncie Red
Ford
Intrust Bank
McCoy Ford-Lincoln
Mits
Mursix
Papa John's
Reynold's Farm Equipment
Terrance Smith Distributing
Texas Roadhouse
University Avenue Dental
Windermere Place
McDonald's
Lids
Stoops
stop