Volleyball bounces back with wins over Campbell, George Mason

Junior outside hitter Taylor Robertson spikes the ball over the net Oct. 14, 2016 in McGuirk Arena.

After a four-set loss to Penn yesterday, the Central Michigan volleyball team bounced back Saturday with wins over Campbell and George Mason.

The first match for the Chippewas was a clash with 5-0 Campbell University. The fighting Camels suffered their first loss of the season as the Chippewas won all three sets, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-15. 

Senior outside hitter Jordan Bueter led the Chippewas with 15 kills, six digs and three aces.  Sophomore outside hitter Megan Kern added 12 digs to the victory. Freshman outside hitter Lyza Myers and Senior middle blocker Paige Carey each contributed seven kills, with Carey also adding three digs.

Head Coach Mike Gawlik said playing "a competitive match" was needed to knock off a win against Campbell.

“We put a lot of pressure on (Campbell),” Gawlik said. “We forced them to make some plays and felt we had control of the match.”

Next for CMU was a matchup with host George Mason. The Chippewas took the first wo sets 25-20 and 25-16, respectively. The Patriots bounced back to take the third set 26-24, but dropped the fourth set to CMU 25-20.

Once again, Jordan Bueter led the Chippewas with 23 kills, eight digs, and one ace. Megan Kern would add 19 digs and three aces to the win. Freshman setter Grace Butler added 12 digs, one kill and one ace.

Gawlik felt said all four seniors in rotation had a strong match against the Patriots.

“In order to win tournaments, your seniors and your upperclassmen need to play well,” Gawlik said. “We got that today from our seniors, particularly (Bueter), throughout both matches.”

Overall, Gawlik said he was proud of the way the team bounced back after yesterday’s loss.

“Good teams try to answer some of the questions that are raised after you lose a match," he said. "I thought we handled that with a lot of maturity.”

The Chippewas will be back in action next weekend to host the Chippewa Challenge at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas open the tournament with a match against Indiana State at noon Friday, Sept. 8.