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Volleyball has seen a plethora of contributions and timely plays on both sides of the ball, coming from a unique group of newcomers and veterans.
This team, in 12 matches to begin the season, has fought its way to a .500 record (6-6).
Throughout it all, CMU’s roster has remained strong and motivated.
After four straight weekends on the road, volleyball opens up its Mid-American Conference schedule this weekend at home against Toledo and Ball State.
The Chippewas (6-6) come into the contests on a high note after winning four out their last six matches to finish the non-conference season.
“It’s been so long, I can’t even remember what it is to feel like being at home," said head coach Erik Olson.
CM Life staff volleyball reporter Taylor DesOrmeau was able to talk to freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs for a few moments as the team prepares to begin the Mid-American Conference schedule and open up McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m.
[caption id="attachment_157992" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Junior Kaitlyn McIntyre, left, and seniors Jenna Coates and Kelly Maxwell are key players this season.
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Volleyball blew out Jackson State last weekend to get the team up to .500 (6-6) on the season, but the match helped out more than boosting its record.
Senior setter Kelly Maxwell and junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre, the team leaders in assists and kills, both had a set off Friday, leaving younger players to take over leadership roles.
“I definitely had to step up since (McIntyre) wasn’t there,” said freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs.
Volleyball beat Jackson State (1-14) and Charleston Southern (5-9) and lost to host Georgia Southern (12-2) in the Georgia Southern Invitational to finish the non-conference schedule 6-6.
Jackson State hadn’t won a set since Sept.
The host team Georgia Southern (9-2) will likely pose the most difficult challenge for volleyball (4-5) in its final weekend of non-conference play.
The team travels to Statesboro, Ga., where it'll play at 11 a.m.
After three tournaments under its belt to begin the season, it is apparent that the volleyball team has one thing on its side: momentum.
In sports, momentum can never be taken for granted. It can be the difference between winning and losing an important match and it has been known to carry on week to week.
So far this season, the volleyball team has seen a fair amount of contributions from a number of players.
Among this list of players who CMU has had the ability to watch grow throughout these past few years is senior setter Kelly Maxwell.
Volleyball won a match in fewer than five sets for the first time Friday by sweeping USC-Upstate on Friday, 3-0.
Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre dominated the stat sheet, totaling 18 kills and only two errors.
Central Michigan and USC-Upstate seemed to be even through the most of the match, but CMU was able to take control late in each set to finish off the Spartans.
The Chippewas finished the first set (28-26) on a 10-3 run and both the second (25-21) and third (25-21) sets on an 11-7 run.
Finishing off sets was a priority for head coach Erik Olson during practice this week after the team lost four of its eight sets last weekend by two points.
Sophomore middle blocker Angie White helped end the first and third sets with a kill.
Just like two weeks ago, volleyball went 1-2 this past weekend, playing 12 sets and winning four.
And just like two weeks ago, freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs was a pleasant surprise for the Chippewas.
“She’s been fantastic,” said head coach Erik Olson.
A 3-0 record and a trip to Ground Zero are in the plans for the volleyball team in New York during this weekend’s Hofstra Tournament.
All four teams in the tournament are arriving on a losing streak, but the Chippewas hope they can leave on a different note.
“I expect us to go 3-0,” said head coach Erik Olson.
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After falling to some close losses last weekend in Oakland, volleyball had hopes to regroup in Pittsburgh for the Robert Morris/Duquesne Tournament.
Now, after another long weekend of competition, the team has two tournament appearances under its belt and is 2-4 after finishing up match play on Saturday evening.
The Chippewas tried to pick up the momentum and began to pull together Saturday for the final day of the Robert Morris/Duquesne Tournament.
Volleyball opened play against the Duquesne Friday evening to start off the Robert Morris/Duquesne Tournament at the A.J.
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As the setter for the volleyball team, senior Kelly Maxwell is the middleman for the team.
Her job is to receive the pass from her teammate and set up the outside hitters or middle blocker for a kill.
The volleyball team saw themselves down early in this weekend’s Oakland Invitational.
With losses to Oakland and Oregon State, the Chippewas seemed defeated.
This defeated feeling festered with the team, as it dropped the first two sets of the final match against Villanova.
In exciting fashion, volleyball won its first match Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 comeback victory against Villanova.
The victory comes after losing its first two matches of the Oakland Invitational.
Led by the efforts of seniors Kelly Maxwell and Jenna Coates, the Chippewas won the final three sets behind Maxwell's 58 assists and 18 digs and Coates' 25 digs.
A long final match in the tournament had CMU giving its all, putting previous struggles in the past and paving the way for the 20-18 final set victory.
It started just like the match against Oregon State had begun: with the Chippewas behind, losing the first two sets 25-18 and 25-21.