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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.

Volleyball learns to execute in four-set win over Akron

(10/23/15 1:48pm)

The Central Michigan volleyball team went into intermission tied with a team who had lost seven matches in-a-row.From then on, the Chippewas decided to execute.The Chippewas pulled off a 3-1 victory over Akron on Friday night to improve to 10-12 (5-4 Mid-American Conference). With the victory, CMU is above .500 for the first time in conference play this season.Associate Head Coach Theresa Beeckman knew the challenge the Zips would bring to McGuirk Arena, and her team was ready to accept it.“(Akron's) work ethic was outstanding on defense," Beeckman said.

Volleyball wins back-to-back MAC games for first time since 2013, despite absence of head coach

(10/11/15 8:26pm)

It was a week of uncertainty off the court, but on the court, there was no sign of a distraction.Central Michigan’s volleyball team found themselves without its head coach, Erik Olson, who was placed on paid administrative leave for undisclosed reasons last week.It wasn’t a problem, as the Chippewas (8-11, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) took down Ball State (9-11, 3-3 MAC) on Friday, and then swept Toledo (3-16, 0-6 MAC) on Saturday.“We took the adversity and ran with it,” said CMU senior middle blocker Angie White.

Rapid Reaction: Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0

(10/10/15 6:02pm)

In the second game without its head coach, Central Michigan’s volleyball team turned in another solid performance, sweeping Toledo Saturday at McGuirk Arena.It was a total team effort as CMU’s Jordan Bueter, Angie White and Jessica Meichtry all added eight kills apiece for the Chippewas.It was the first time in two years CMU won two straight Mid-American Conference games.How it happened: Leading the match 2-0, the Chippewas would take control midway through the third set when an attack error from Toledo gave CMU a 10-9 lead. The Chippewas would use that error to create an 18-10 cushion which the Rockets were unable to recover from.

Head Volleyball Coach Erik Olson placed on paid leave of absence

(10/06/15 4:30pm)

Central Michigan head volleyball coach Erik Olson was placed on a paid leave of absence Tuesday, pending an internal review by faculty personnel services.CMU Athletic Communications declined to comment on additional information because it is “an ongoing personnel matter,” said Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Rob Wyman in a press release Tuesday.Central Michigan Life submitted a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday seeking Olson’s personnel file.Six players are known to have left the program within the past three years prior to graduation.