Volleyball suffers first loss of 2017

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

After only winning the third set, the Central Michigan volleyball team dropped its first match of the season Friday afternoon against Penn in the George Mason Invitational.

Penn (1-1) took the first two sets by a score of 25-16 and 25-21, respectively. CMU (3-1) responded by taking the third set 25-19. The Quakers then finished off the Chippewas in the fourth set of the evening winning 25-17.

Head coach Mike Gawlik was disappointed with his team's slow start.

"Penn came out in full rhythm from the get go," Gawlik said. "It took us a while to get going." 

Central Michigan’s Jordan Bueter led the team with 14 kills while Grace Butler led the team with 37 assists. 

The Chippewas will play their final two games of the George Mason Invitational tomorrow. 

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym tomorrow to see what kind of bounce back we have from our first loss of the year," Gawlik said. "I think we'll need offensive contributions from a few more people." 

CMU takes on Campbell at 1:30 p.m. before playing tournament-host George Mason at 7 p.m.

Central Michigan’s game vs. Houston has been cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. It was originally scheduled for Sunday.