Volleyball team ends 4-game losing streak with 3-0 home win


Freshman outside hitter Kalina Smith jumps to spike the ball at the CMU volleyball game against Akron on Oct. 21 in McGuirk Arena. 

Central Michigan's volleyball team rebounded from a error-filled loss on Friday to top Akron 3-0 and snap a four-game skid. 

The Chippewas evened their record at 11-11 and 3-7 in Mid American Conference play.

CMU led the first set 6-3. It put up four straight points after that, forcing Toledo to call a timeout to regroup.

The Chippewas went up 17-10. Akron fought to close the gap to 23-19. CMU would close out the first set with a win, 25-20.

In the second set, CMU pulled away 24-19. Megan Kern dove for a save to keep a rally alive and ended with sophomore middle blocker Jayla Wesley and freshman outside hitter Kalina Smith blocking an attacking Akron spiker. 

CMU won the second set 25-21 after Akron committed a service error.

In the third set, CMU showed no signs of slowing down. The Chippewas quickly led 13-8. After Akron committed a few errors and the Chippewas landed kills and aces, they won the third set 25-15.

“I thought we played a great match from start to finish,” Gawlik said. “Coming out of last night’s match against Buffalo, we had some certain goals we talked about (accomplishing) as a team (against Akron) and I think a lot of those objectives we met tonight.”

Bueter landed a team-high 15 kills, followed by Smith and Carey with eight. Freshman setter Grace Butler finished with a team-high 33 assists.

CMU travels to Ball State at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.