Kent State Volleyball’s Rally Falls Short At Central Michigan
Krupa tallies team-high 12 kills to reach double digits for eighth time in 2011.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Kent State volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit but could not complete the comeback effort, falling to Central Michigan, 3-1 (25-14, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22), in a Mid-American Conference interdivision match Saturday (Oct. 1) at McGuirk Arena.
The Golden Flashes (7-12, 0-4 MAC) have lost six straight.
Junior Kathy Krupa (Burbank, Ill.) led Kent State with a team-high 12 kills, reaching double digits for the eighth time in 2011. Senior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) hit double figures for the 15th time this season and fourth straight match, tallying 11 kills to go along with a team-high 10 digs to achieve her sixth double-double of the season. Sophomore Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) led the team with 36 set assists and recorded a match-high two set assists while her classmate, Hannah Herc (Eden, N.Y.), posted a match-high three service aces. Freshman Lauren Engleman (Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied a team-high three blocks (one solo, two assisted).
Central Michigan (8-6, 2-2 MAC) jumped ahead to a 2-0 match lead, but Kent State battled back for a five-point victory in the third set. Freshman Jenny Buczek (Orland Park, Ill.) broke a five-all tie with a kill, sparking a 12-7 run highlighted by two kills apiece by freshman Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola (Ellicott City, Md.) and Larsen, a service ace by Herc and a double block by Engleman and freshman Maddie Davis (Chillicothe, Ohio). The Chippewas rattled off five straight points to even the score at 17-all, but the Flashes used a 8-3 run to close the set victory. After the teams exchanged points twice, an attack error gave Central Michigan a 20-19 advantage. Kent State responded by scoring the final five points, thanks in large part to three kills by Krupa and another service ace by Herc.
Despite jumping out to a 19-15 lead in the fourth set, Central Michigan was able to secure a 25-22 triumph to close out the victory.
Kent State wraps up its three-match road trip with a pair of MAC East Division battles. The Flashes take on Buffalo next Friday (Oct. 7), then make the short drive to the Rubber City Saturday (Oct. 8) to square off with Akron. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. The match against the Zips is the first event of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, which further expands a rivalry dating back more than a half-century between the two schools. The PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge is based on a time-honored competition for the historic wooden Wagon Wheel Trophy awarded originally in 1945 to the winner of the annual Akron-Kent State football game. For the 2011-12 academic year, the PNC-sponsored rivalry will broaden the competition to include 15 NCAA varsity sports, with victories in each sport adding one point to the challenge standings. In keeping with tradition, the annual winner of the football contest will gain possession of the historic wooden Wagon Wheel trophy, while the school that accumulates the most total points in all varsity matchups for that academic year will receive an overall series trophy.