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Volleyball continues to struggle with winless weekend


Following a 3-0 defeat to Toledo on Thursday and a 3-2 loss to Ball State on Saturday, head volleyball coach Mike Gawlik wanted to focus on the positives.

"Start to finish, I think we had the best fight that I've seen out of this group all year," Gawlik said. "I didn't think it was always pretty, I didn't think it was always perfect but I do think that we had 14 young women that were really binding together.

After taking a 2-0 set lead, the Chippewas dropped the final three sets. With the loss the Chippewas have dropped their third consecutive match. 

"At times and in clutch moments, we kind of took our foot off what was making us successful in sets one and two and that was being incredibly aggressive," Gawlik said. "Its a heart-breaker for us, it's a match that we know we felt we needed.

The loss doesn't affect the MAC West standings, as CMU is still in fourth place ahead of Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan and eighth in the conference overall. CMU will need to finish in eighth place or higher in the MAC to make the conference tournament. 

CMU travels to Western Michigan and Northern Illinois next weekend for their last weekend road trip of the season. 

In the previous meeting with the Broncos in early October, WMU took the Chippewas to five sets before CMU came away with the victory. Against Northern Illinois earlier in the season, the Huskies handed CMU one of its 11 straight set losses.