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Weekend recap: Soccer, volleyball drop close games


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Sophomore midfielder/forward Riley Mann plays the ball at the CMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex against Northern Illinois on Oct. 6. 

Outside of the Central Michigan team's 38-20 win over Bowling Green on the road Saturday, other CMU sports were in action on the road over the weekend.

Here is a look at the Chippewas' results over the weekend.

Soccer

After losing its first game to Ohio, 2-1, and playing Kent State to a 1-1 draw, the CMU soccer team finished the weekend, 0-1-1. 

Freshman forward Lauren DeBeau scored for the Chippewas, her third goal of the season, against Ohio to tie the game, 1-1. The Bobcats were able to get a game winner in the second half to secure the win. 

Senior midfielder Marle Bringard scored her team-high sixth goal of the season against Kent State. The two teams played a closely contested game, but after two overtime periods, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. 

Following the weekend, the Chippewas (7-3-3, 4-3-1) are fourth in the MAC standings. Seeding is important this late in the season as the top four teams host a first round MAC Tournament game. 

With three games remaining, the Chippewas are currently in fourth place and in position to host a first round game.

The Chippewas welcome Buffalo (8-6-1, 5-3-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the CMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex in a match that has major tournament implications. Buffalo is currently third in the standings and one game ahead of CMU. 

Volleyball

CMU's volleyball team entered the weekend on an 11-game win streak.

Friday against Bowling Green, the Chippewas swept the Falcons for a 12th consecutive win. The Chippewas were led by junior outside hitter Kalina Smith, who had 13 kills, and 18 digs and junior setter Grace Butler with 18 assists.

The Chippewas took on Miami (Ohio) Sunday for the second game of the weekend. The match went to five sets and the RedHawks pulled out the 3-2 victory. 

Junior middle blocker Lisbeth Rosario-Martinez led CMU with 11 kills, senior libero Megan Kern led with 18 digs while Butler had 23 assists. 

The loss was the first for the Chippewas, who are now 17-3 and 7-1 in the MAC. The RedHawks sit in second place in the MAC East, while the Chippewas remain in first place in the MAC West.

CMU will play Akron (14-5, 7-1 MAC) at 6 p.m. Friday in McGuirk Arena in a matchup of division leaders. 

Cross Country

The CMU women’s cross country team finished seventh out of the 23-team field over the weekend at the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Illinois.

Sophomore Lauren Beckmann finished 25th and set a personal record with 6K time of 21:56.8.

The men’s cross country team was at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana. The team finished seventh out of 20.

Senior Mark Beckmann finished 21st individually in the 8K with a time of 25:31.0.

Both squads travel to the Eastern Michigan Fall Classic on Friday. 

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