WMU Volleyball

Western Michigan volleyball had its season come to a close Monday with a loss to Ball State in the MAC Semifinal.

The Broncos fell, 3-1, to the regular-season champion and tournament host Cardinals.

The first set went back and forth with strong offense from both sides. WMU and Ball State put up identical .239 attack percentages but the Cardinals did better serving the ball, with two aces and no errors while WMU had one ace and two errors as Ball State took the set 25-23.

The Bronco offense heated up in set two to a .421 attack percentage. Julia Marr had six saves in the set including each of the last three for WMU took the set 25-21.

Ball State locked in defensively and took over the match after the first two sets. In set three, the Broncos had 10 kills to 11 errors for a -.022 attack percentage. The Cardinals took advantage to cruise to a 25-18 set win.

In set four, the Cardinals’ offense took over with a phenomenal .600 attack percentage. The Broncos couldn’t counter, with a hit rate of .030 in the final set as Ball State dominated for a 25-11.

Overall, the Broncos were outhit .263-.167 in the match. Meredith Phillips and Marr led all players with 15 kills each. Maggie King also chipped in with 10 kills in the match.

Logan Case had 47 assists and 13 digs in the loss. Andelyn Simkins made 24 digs to lead the defensive effort and Maddie Arundel had 12 digs.

Ball State was led by Natalie Mitchem with 12 kills and Marie Plitt with 11. Mitchem and Plitt both had attack percentages of over .400. Plitt was also a part of seven of the Cardinals’ 10 blocks.

With the loss, WMU finishes the season 19-12, and the Broncos posted an 11-7 record in MAC play.

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