Western Michigan was on the road this past weekend where they dropped two games. The Broncos fell to Buffalo last Friday in five sets by the scores of 9-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19 and 8-15. Then last Saturday they traveled to Akron to face the Zips falling in five sets again 22-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-19 and 11-15.
The Broncos started on Friday night playing at Buffalo, trying to get back on a winning track, after dropping the first two sets. The Broncos fought back and won the third and fourth sets to force a fifth set, that they came up short in.
Despite the loss sophomore Meredith Phillips led the team offensively with 14 kills. Junior Rachel Bontrager contributed with a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs, and freshman Rose Duffy kept her hot streak going with 44 assists and 10 digs.
Defensively the Broncos have had a great mid-season surge from redshirt sophomore Janell Williams with three blocks and seven kills at the net.
For the Bulls senior Polina Prokundia led the way offensively with 20 kills and a solid night from senior Scout Mclerran with 50 assists.
The Broncos looked to rebound on Saturday when they visited Akron where they went back-and-forth all game leading to a fifth set victory by the Zips.
Offensively the Broncos had a big showing from Phillips with 20 kills and 13 digs while Duffy kept her assist queen title strong with 48 assists. Defensively the Broncos were led by Williams with eight blocks at the net.
For the Zips junior Alexis Adelta led the way with 20 kills and 23 digs with help from fellow junior Emily Weigand with 50 assists. Defensively senior Ashley Richardson helped hold the Broncos to a .231 attack percentage with nine blocks.
The Broncos now move to 11-9 on the season and 2-5 in conference play, sitting in fourth in the Mid- American Conference West division. The Broncos will now look to Friday where they host Ohio at home at 7 p.m. then face Kent State at home at 5 p.m. on Saturday.