Volleyball shows fight, falls short at Akron


Headcoach Mike Gawlik talks to the women's volleyball team from the sidelines against opponent Ohio University on Saturday, Sept. 22 in McGuirk Arena. 

Despite winning two sets for the first time in a match since September 15, the Central Michigan volleyball team was defeated Saturday at Akron 3-2 (25-23, 29-31, 25-14, 13-25, 11-15). 

CMU falls to 3-18 overall and 0-9 in the Mid-American Conference with the loss. It marks the 11th straight loss for the Chippewas. Akron picks up their third conference victory and improves to 11-9 and 3-6 in the MAC.

Sophomore Kalina Smith recorded a career high 21 kills in the losing effort, posting her best performance of the year with a .321 hitting percentage. Freshman Savannah Thompson picked up 12 kills followed by freshman Kandall Braate with 8.

The Chippewas' offensive efficiency against Akron was the best since August 31, as CMU finishing with a hitting percentage of .203. CMU also set a season high of recorded blocks with 16.

CMU travels to Buffalo next for a 7 p.m match on Saturday against the Bulls (13-8, 5-4) to finish the weekend road trip.