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Two female Central Michigan University athletes have been and will be busy promoting the Chippewas brand during the summer months in international tournaments.
Sophomore Track and Field athlete Devene Brown nabbed the second place designation in the shot put event during the Jamaican National Senior Championships in Kingston on June 29.
Meanwhile, CMU volleyball's Kaitlyn McIntyre will join other world players during the 2014 European Global Challenge on July 13.
Brown also took ninth place in the discus throw with a toss of 137-7.
Volleyball may have ended its season, but it still has reason to be happy this week, as junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre was named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team.
McIntyre was a constant source of pride for her team and coaches throughout the season on the court.
Since my arrival on campus in 2010 I've been working at the sports desk of Central Michigan Life, and this is my last issue on staff.
It has been a great three and-a-half years, but now I'm off to Big Rapids to work at The Pioneer.
Volleyball needed a win at Ohio and losses from Eastern Michigan and Buffalo Saturday to sneak into the Mid-American Conference Tournament as the eighth seed.
CMU was swept by Ohio 3-0, Eastern Michigan came from behind to beat Kent State 3-1, and Buffalo stunned Bowling Green in five sets.
Ohio had nothing to gain Saturday, since it had already clinched the top seed in the MAC tournament, but as head coach Erik Olson predicted, Ohio didn’t take it easy.
The Chippewas struggled to compete against the Bobcats in the first two sets, losing 25-15 and 25-14 after trailing the entirety of the first game and being behind the whole second set after being tied 2-2.
The third set was a different story, as CMU attempted to salvage the match and any postseason hopes.
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Volleyball has one more shot to get into the Mid-American Conference Tournament if it can beat the MAC regular-season champion Ohio Saturday and get some help.
After losing Thursday to Eastern Michigan, the only way the Chippewas can make it in to the tournament is by winning Saturday night, having EMU lose Saturday to Kent State and Buffalo lose to Bowling Green.
“Whether we’re playing for first place or 12th place, I want to see the best effort out of our team,” said head coach Erik Olson.
EMU holds the tiebreaker, but an Ohio victory would swing the tiebreaker in favor of CMU as long as there isn’t a three-way tie between Kent State, EMU and CMU.
That would occur if Kent State loses to EMU Saturday and Buffalo loses to Bowling Green.
With two matches to play, volleyball only needs one victory to secure the eighth and final seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Central Michigan's final home game of the season is at 7 p.m.
[wzslider autoplay="true" interval="5000" height="600" transition="'slide'" info="true" lightbox="true"]Between a 25-8 victory and a 25-19 victory in the first two sets Saturday, it looked like volleyball was going to cruise to victory against rival Western Michigan.
The Chippewas were two points from victory in the third set with the score tied at 23 after coming back from a six-point deficit, but that would be as close as they would get to victory, as they lost to the Broncos 3-2.
“Our team put forth a tremendous effort tonight and we were on fire in sets one and two,” said head coach Erik Olson.
Volleyball’s chances against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan don’t look particularly good since it lost to both teams earlier this season.
Much has changed since Oct.
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[caption id="attachment_165273" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre, sophomore defensive specialist Kristen Reenders, and senior defensive specialist Jenna Coates await a serve from Buffalo opposition during their 3-0 victory on Oct.
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Volleyball went into Friday’s match against Buffalo ranked No. 234 in the nation in blocking, while Buffalo came in No.
With the later portion of the season under way, volleyball has shown its many strengths, sweeping conference opponents with relative ease.
Unfortunately for the Chippewas, they have also seen the tables turn on them, and many times quite quickly.
At 9-11, 3-5 in Mid-American Conference play, CMU has seen its ups and downs.
When outside hitter Katie Schuette decided to return to CMU as a graduate student after being injured her senior year, there was no guarantee she’d start.
Schuette played sets on and off early in the season with performances to match that.
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Central Michigan Life staff reporter Joe Judd spoke with senior setter Kelly Maxwell as volleyball prepares for its next match against Miami on Friday night in Oxford, Ohio.
What made you want to come play volleyball at Central Michigan University?
Kelly Maxwell: I really liked the atmosphere and the environment that the coaches and players bring.
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CMU saw a career-best performance from skilled veteran Katie Schuette on Thursday night in its sweep of Eastern Michigan.
The fifth-year outside hitter and middle blocker was part of a relentless Chippewas attack, keeping them in the lead for most of the night against the Eagles.
Schuette finished the evening with a match-high total of 12 kills and 12 digs, helping her team secure an important win against a conference foe.
After sweeping Eastern Michigan Thursday, volleyball was swept by Kent State on Saturday
Even though the team was swept, it played one of its closest, most physical matches of the season.