AKRON, Ohio – After a four-match homestand, The University of Akron volleyball team will take to the road for its next four matches, starting with trips to Central and Eastern Michigan this weekend. The Zips (4-17, 1-7) will face the Chippewas on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. ET at McGuirk Arena before taking on the Eagles on Saturday at the Convocation Center, also at 7 p.m.
This trip marks the beginning of the second half of the Mid-American Conference slate. Akron is coming off losses to West foes Northern Illinois and Western Michigan last weekend. Against NIU, the Zips mounted a stunning comeback in the fourth set by saving five match points to send it to a deciding set, but the Huskies managed to survive 15-12 to come away with the win.
Against the Broncos, senior outside hitter Courtney Jarvis surpassed the 900-career kills mark and is closing in on 1,000. She began the season with 669 and leads the squad this year with 236 (3.19/set) to give her 905 for her career. If she reaches the milestone, she will become the first Zip to accomplish the feat since Brionna Patterson in 2008.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (12-7, 5-3)
Head Coach: Erik Olson (UW-Milwaukee, '97)
Series: CMU leads, 15-11
Last Meeting: Oct. 22, 2010 at Akron, Ohio (W, 3-1)
CMU has won its last three contests, two of them in five sets, and has yet to lose to an East division team. Freshman Kaitlyn McIntyre leads the offense with 229 kills (3.14/set), while sophomore Danielle Gotham is a force at the net with 70 total blocks (0.99/set). The Chippewas hold a slight edge in the overall series with the Zips, 15-11.
EASTERN MICHIGAN (17-6, 5-3)
Head Coach: Kim Berrington (South Carolina, '85)
Series: Akron leads, 17-13
Last Meeting: Oct. 23, 2010 at Akron, Ohio (W, 3-2)
Eastern Michigan is on a four-match winning streak and has dropped just one set in the process. The Eagles lead the MAC in opponent hitting percentage, holding the opposition to a mark of just .167. They also rank second in digs with 17.96/set. Junior Rachel Iaquaniello leads the squad and stands second in the league with 3.85 kills/set, while senior Haley Stein anchors the defense with 5.26 digs/set, also good for second place in the conference. The last time UA visited Ypsilanti, the Zips earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory.