Five Chippewas tallied seven-plus kills per game in Friday night’s 3-0 sweep of Toledo, including sophomore middle blocker Angie White, who had 12.
White had arguably her best performance of the season, averaging four kills per set and tying junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre in the match.
“It’s another day in the park for Angie,” said head coach Erik Olson. “I expect big things out of Angie. She knows that.”
The 6-foot-2 inches Bloomfield Hills native made just one error on the night in her 23 total attempts, giving her a team-high .478 hitting percentage. She also had the game-winning kill in the second set, which ended 25-15.
“I’d say mentally, that was my best performance of the year,” White said. “There was no question in my mind that when I went up for a kill, I was just ready to go.”
McIntyre came into the contest ranked 47th in the nation, with 3.95 kills per set. Even though she only totaled 12 of the Chippewas 49 kills, McIntyre was pleased with the distribution and gave credit to senior setter Kelly Maxwell.
“I think it’s an awesome thing when we can spread the ball,” McIntyre said. “(Maxwell) did an awesome job of spreading out the offense and getting everyone the ball.”
Maxwell ranked 13th in the nation with 11.43 assists per set. She averaged 14.33 assists per set Friday night with her 43 assists. Maxwell also racked up seven digs and two kills.
Saturday night was a different story for the team.
Only two players had more than seven kills (McIntyre and Melissa Fuchs), and instead of sweeping, the team got a taste of its own medicine.
Fuchs led the team with 10 kills, McIntyre tallied eight and while Maxwell averaged 14.33 assists in her three sets Friday night, she only averaged 9.67 Saturday.
The Chippewas will have arguably their toughest weekend of the season next week when they travel to Western Michigan on Friday and Northern Illinois Saturday; two teams ranked ahead of them in the preseason coaches poll.