UB's magic number for a second straight MAC Tournament berth is one. A win over Miami tonight or an Eastern Michigan loss to Kent State puts the Bulls in, and if not there's another weekend to go.
Prior to tonight's match, the team will honor its four seniors, and so do we.
Akeila Lain - MB/RS - Fayetteville, GA
Senior Stats: Lain has continued her strong junior season in 2015. She's fourth on the team in kills and fourth among UB's main attackers in hitting percentage while adding 72 blocks. Akeila has been hot of late, average 9 kills and nearly 4 blocks a match over her last seven.
Before UB: Akeila's high school career includes a Georgia State Championship and numerous blocks records.
UB Career: Lain has been a fixture on the court since her first day at UB. To date she's appeared in 405 sets over 115 career matches and has notched 413 blocks. She is currently and will likely finish her career fifth all-time at UB in blocks.
Senior moment: Lain had ten kills, including three in the fifth set, in UB's marathon win over Central Michigan a few weekends ago that right now gives the Bulls the edge for seventh in the conference. She also combined with Cassie Shado for a decisive block on match point.
Megan Lipski - OH - Louisville, KY
Senior Stats: Lipski has been the do-everything of UB's team all season and leads the Bulls with 290 kills and 306 digs. She's hit double digits in kills 17 times and in digs 14 times.
Before UB: As a senior in high school, Lipski amassed 347 kills and was a nominee for Gatorade National Player of the Year.
UB Career: Megan has appeared in all 220 UB sets over the past two years and has taken successive steps forward in productivity to go with it. The Bulls needed her to produce night-in and night-out this season, and she's putting up career highs across the board. Right now she's seventh in the MAC in kills/set.
Senior Moment: In a season full of standout, undeniable performances, Lipski's finest came in the five-set win over Eastern Michigan, when the senior became just the ninth Bull in program history to amass 20 kills and 20 digs (in fact 27) in a single match. The win broke a four-match losing streak, and is the difference right now for the Bulls between seventh place and missing the MAC Tournament by a tiebreaker. Five of Megan's kills, including the match-winner, came in the fifth set, along with a four-point service run that gave UB the lead.
Marissa Prinzbach - S - Cincinnati, OH
Senior Stats: Slowed by injury this season, Prinzbach has missed six matches but put together upwards of nine assists per set when on the floor.
Before UB: Marissa had over 2,000 assists in two seasons of starting work at UConn, and was named Second Team All-Ohio as a senior in high school.
UB Career: Prinzbach has been as steady as they come for UB, averaging just over nine assists per set over her two years, while chipping in a fair number of digs and blocks, as well. Her growing chemistry with UB's hitters played a big role in the midseason turnaround.
Senior Moment: Buffalo shocked us all in mid September when they opened up two-set leads on Ole Miss and Southern Miss in the same weekend. UB's first win of the season nearly came against Eagles thanks to Prinzbach's stellar day: season-highs in assists (57), digs (11), and blocks (5).
UPDATE: Amber Hatchett is a confirmed redshirt and won't be honored tonight.