The Western Michigan University volleyball team has not had the season they had hoped for so far. With a 2-6 record in Mid-American Conference road contests, traveling has not been the Broncos’ friend this season, and has contributed to the team being at .500 overall for the first time since late August.
On the bright side, that part of the schedule is done.
The road slate of the Broncos’ MAC schedule ended this past weekend with two losses, losing on Friday, Oct. 26, against the University of Toldeo 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-14, 20-25, 13-15), and on Saturday, Oct. 27, against Ball State University 3-0 (16-25, 23-25, 21-25).
With the losses, the Broncos’ record falls to 13-13 overall, and 3-9 in MAC play, good for fifth in the West Division, one game better than last-place Central Michigan University.
Western had a close contest against Toledo, despite the final score. The Broncos had .400 hitting percentages in both of the sets they won, but the Rockets won with clutch runs, including a 12-5 run in the fourth set, and a 4-2 run to close out the final set.
Despite holding Ball State to a .124 hitting percentage, the Cardinals had the Broncos’ number the whole night. They held the Broncos to a .077 hitting percentage for the match, with 24 attacking errors. Only freshman outside hitter Meredith Phillips had double digit kills for the Broncos, notching 10.
The Broncos had multiple notable performances on the weekend despite the losses. Freshman middle blocker Janell Williams had 16 kills and a .519 attack percentage against Toledo, and freshman middle blocker Sammi Labolle had 15 kills against the Rockets.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Bontrager notched her 10th double-double performance of the season, with 14 kills and 19 digs against Toledo, and following up with six kills against Ball State. Sophomore setter Emma Yarber had a double-double herself, recording 16 assists and 10 digs against the Cardinals.
The Broncos finish out their regular season schedule with four home games, including two this week. They take on Northern Illinois University on Wednesday and Miami (Ohio) University on Saturday. First serve for both games is at 7 p.m. at University Arena