TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The University of Akron volleyball team split a doubleheader on the opening day of competition for the 2014 season at the Indiana State Holiday Inn Classic on Friday.
The Zips took down Chicago State, 3-1 (18-25, 27-25, 25-15, 28-26) before falling to tournament host ISU, 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-14). The victory over CSU was Akron's third-straight season-opening win.
Kelsey Wilson tied a career-high with 15 kills for Akron (1-1) in the early match against Chicago State (1-1). The junior surrendered just two errors in 21 attempts for an impressive .619 hitting percentage across the four sets. She also scattered five service aces, including three in one rotation, when the Zips scored seven unanswered points in the third set.
Julia Smagacz and Mary Delich proved to be offensive threats against the Cougars as well, as the duo issued nine and eight kills, respectively. Callie Mack held up the back row with a team-high 10 digs, while Ashley Holder led both teams with 36 assists.
UA's defense held Chicago State under a .100 clip twice in the match, including a -.048 mark in the third frame.
The Zips struggled to find their footing in their second outing of the day, coming up short in three sets to Indiana State (2-0). Freshman Anna Wenger put together a solid offensive performance off the bench for UA, posting five kills in two sets of action with only a single error.
"Anna played with the poise and maturity of an upperclassman today," said head coach Ron Arenz. "Our newcomers are fitting into our system well so far in this early part of the season."
Fellow newcomer Dragana Micic matched Wenger's kills with five of her own against the Sycamores, as well as six digs.
Akron will wrap up tournament play on Saturday morning when it takes on North Carolina A&T in a single match at ISU Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.