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Celebration Chips: Volleyball bench gets creative with sideline enthusiasm

(11/08/15 6:42pm)

In some sports, being on the bench is frowned upon. In volleyball, it’s where the party starts.Whether they’re winning or losing, Central Michigan’s volleyball team has a blast when it scores a point, and it’s usually most intense off the court.The Chippewas have a unique way of keeping the energy high, and it starts with the bench.

Staying Put: Former Chippewa Enderle balancing school, coaching and broadcasting

(11/08/15 6:40pm)

After last season, Hallie Enderle had to give up playing Central Michigan volleyball. However, she has not given up Central Michigan University or volleyball.Enderle is the varsity volleyball head coach at Beal City High School, one year removed from playing Division I volleyball.The former Chippewa middle blocker is also taking 16 credits this semester while also holding paid positions at Beal City, ESPN3 and Menards.In the previous offseason, Head Coach Erik Olson recommended Enderle to Beal City Athletic Director Aarron Butkovich.

Volleyball adapting as MAC Tournament approaches

(11/08/15 5:07pm)

The Central Michigan volleyball team has had to adapt all season long.After losing three role players from the 2014 roster as well as undergoing a coaching switch during the middle of this season, this team knows all about change.The Chippewas are hoping to change the culture of this program with a trip to the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2012.

Bueter, seniors lead volleyball to pivotal win over Eastern Michigan

(11/06/15 12:57am)

It was a night of celebration for the Central Michigan volleyball team.As the team's seniors celebrated their final match at McGuirk Arena, the Chippewas celebrated after downing Eastern 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20) to move up to seventh place in the Mid-American Conference standings by a half-game over Buffalo.The Chippewas improve to 11-15 (6-7 MAC) to remain in fourth place in the MAC West.

Born to Fight: Angie White

(11/04/15 9:59pm)

Before Angie White ever stepped onto a volleyball court, she had to first fight for her life.At just 2-days-old, White underwent surgery to correct a condition known as intestinal malrotation, which occurs when the intestines become tangled during pregnancy, causing abnormal development.The Detroit native spent the first three months of her life in intensive care at Henry Ford Hospital, with her parent’s right by her side.“Even in that, she was a fighter,” said White’s mother Helen Didley.

With four to go, volleyball sits in eighth and final MAC Tournament slot

(11/01/15 3:56pm)

An opportunity to make a statement in conference play this weekend didn’t come to fruition for Central Michigan’s volleyball team.The Chippewas fell to Western Michigan in five sets on Friday and were swept by Northern Illinois on Halloween night, pushing their losing streak to three matches.CMU a chance to move into second place in the Mid-American Conference West Division, facing the top two squads on its side of the conference.However, with senior middle blocker Angie White and sophomore outside hitter Jordan Bueter out with injuries, the team was shorthanded at a crucial point in the season, and it showed.CMU dropped to 10-15 overall and 5-7 in the Mid-American Conference, sliding to fourth place in the MAC West.“We’ve had a lot of adversity this weekend,” said senior middle blocker Kalle Mulford.

Nothing to Fear: Energetic defensive specialist looks to fire up teammates on and off the court

(10/28/15 10:46pm)

Haley Barker goes by the nickname “Chucky,” but the persona she embodies is the opposite of the horror character she resembles.As a redshirt freshman defensive specialist on Central Michigan’s volleyball team, three of her former teammates gave Barker the nickname of “Chucky” because of her crazy hairstyle, and hysterical laugh that resembled the evil chuckle of the famous murder doll from the “Child’s Play” franchise.“I was on the bench, so I would cheer as loud as I possibly could, I have this really scary laugh that kind of sounds like the evil doll,” Barker said.