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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.
The Central Michigan volleyball team has no fear as the two top teams in the Mid-American Conference West Division come to town this Halloween weekend.The Chippewas host Western Michigan on Friday and Northern Illinois on Saturday at McGuirk Arena.
After going 1-1 at home against a pair of teams near the bottom of the Mid-American Conference East Division standings, Associate Head Coach Theresa Beeckman said the Central Michigan volleyball team knows how to win.Beeckman was confident in her team despite a 3-2 loss on Saturday to Buffalo (5-17, 4-6 MAC) at McGuirk Arena.
It wasn’t the expected outcome, but the confidence level is
still high for Central Michigan’s volleyball team.
There were tons of momentum swings in tonight’s volleyball
match between Central Michigan and Buffalo, but UB would get the last run,
taking the match 3-2.
Central Michigan's volleyball team will be without the services of senior middle blocker Angie White for an unstated amount of time due to a right ankle injury. White suited up, but did not play in the Chippewas 3-1 win over Akron Friday night.
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.
The Central Michigan volleyball team is gearing up for a Mid-American Conference West Division run with visits from MAC East foes.The Chippewas host Akron on Friday and Buffalo on Saturday at 7 p.m.
After the program seemed to hit a crossroads 10 days ago, the Central Michigan volleyball team seems to be on the right track.The Chippewas swept Bowling Green on Friday night to complete the first half of the Mid-American Conference schedule.
With what started as a promising match, ended in a grueling
defeat for Central Michigan’s volleyball team Thursday night. Miami (Ohio) used a 13-6 run in the fifth set, to outlast
the Chippewas 15-9, taking the match 3-2.
In front of its home fans, Central Michigan’s volleyball team turned a potential distraction into a weekend sweep, and now take to the road for two crucial matchups.The Chippewas have rallied since Erik Olson was placed on a paid leave of absence Oct.
After submitting a Freedom of Information Act Request to Central Michigan University, Central Michigan Life will be granted the personnel file of Head Volleyball Coach Erik Olson by the end of the month.The Freedom of Information Office is working to obtain the file and will review it once it has been received.
The defensive leader on any volleyball team is the libero. For the Central Michigan volleyball team, that role is left to a true freshman, Jamison Wolffis.The East Grand Rapids native leads the Chippewas 19 games into the season with 315 digs, averaging 4.20 digs per set.
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.
The Central Michigan volleyball team could not play for its head coach this weekend, so they decided to play for each other.The Chippewas used a team effort in two matches to defeat Ball State in four sets on Friday and sweep Toledo on Saturday at McGuirk Arena.With Head Coach Erik Olson being placed on a paid leave of absence Oct.
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.
The Central Michigan head volleyball coach was missing from McGuirk Arena Friday night, but the team's passion and energy was present.The Chippewas used a combined 46 kills from five players to down Ball State, 3-1, in a battle of Mid-American Conference West Division opponents.
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.
The Central Michigan volleyball team has been down most of this season, but a stay at home and new-found depth could bring it back up.The Chippewas are looking to progress forward after suffering losses at Eastern Michigan on Thursday and to Kent State at home Saturday.
On homecoming night, CMU’s volleyball team couldn't protect home court, as it dropped to 1-3 in
the Mid-American Conference with a 3-1 loss to Kent State at McGurik Arena. The Chippewas were unable to avenge its 3-2 loss to the
Golden Flashes last season, losing the final three sets of the match.