Volleyball team ends 4-game losing streak with 3-0 home win


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Freshman outside hitter Kalina Smith jumps to spike the ball at the CMU volleyball game against Akron on Oct. 21 in McGuirk Arena. 

Central Michigan's volleyball team rebounded from a error-filled loss on Friday to top Akron 3-0 and snap a four-game skid. 

The Chippewas evened their record at 11-11 and 3-7 in Mid American Conference play.

CMU led the first set 6-3. It put up four straight points after that, forcing Toledo to call a timeout to regroup.

The Chippewas went up 17-10. Akron fought to close the gap to 23-19. CMU would close out the first set with a win, 25-20.

In the second set, CMU pulled away 24-19. Megan Kern dove for a save to keep a rally alive and ended with sophomore middle blocker Jayla Wesley and freshman outside hitter Kalina Smith blocking an attacking Akron spiker. 

CMU won the second set 25-21 after Akron committed a service error.

In the third set, CMU showed no signs of slowing down. The Chippewas quickly led 13-8. After Akron committed a few errors and the Chippewas landed kills and aces, they won the third set 25-15.

“I thought we played a great match from start to finish,” Gawlik said. “Coming out of last night’s match against Buffalo, we had some certain goals we talked about (accomplishing) as a team (against Akron) and I think a lot of those objectives we met tonight.”

Bueter landed a team-high 15 kills, followed by Smith and Carey with eight. Freshman setter Grace Butler finished with a team-high 33 assists.

CMU travels to Ball State at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

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