WMU Volleyball Andelyn Simkins

Andelyn Simkins sets up for a dig against Central Michigan

Western Michigan volleyball split its series against Miami (OH), losing on Thursday in four sets (14-25, 19-25, 25-15 and 24-26) before picking up a sweep on friday winning 25-16, 25-23 and 25-20.

Thursday was led by Andelyn Simkins who picked up her first career double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs on the night. Rachel Bontraeger led the kills for the team with 16 kills and Logan Case continued the stellar start to her career with 42 assists on the night.

WMU got a taste of its own medicine that night, where the Broncos are usually the ones in control heading into the third set. Western Michigan found itself on the ropes fighting for a chance, which it did by forcing a fourth set but fell just short of the goal in the end.

WMU was held to an attack percentage of .182 while Miami was able to put up a .240 attack percentage led by Gaby Harper who had a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs herself.

Coming out on friday the team looked to redeem itself and did exactly that, sweeping the Redhawks in three straight sets behind a 15-kill, 13-dig night from Bontrager. Case continued to show her dominance in the MAC with 40 more assists in the game while Simkins picked up her second double-double in a row with 10 kills and 10 digs.

The Broncos almost doubled its kill percentage from the day before with a .360 percentage compared to .282 from Miami. Harper continued her stellar series with another double-double, this time with 10 kills and 11 digs.

This win separates WMU from the pack in the MAC West, sitting at 7-3 while CMU sits in second at 5-5. Next up the Broncos host Ball State Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m.

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