Toledo is not a very good volleyball team, but wins against bad teams count all the same, and UB moved to 1-1 in the MAC today thanks to their 20-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-14 win over the Rockets
After an Akron match that saw UB's offense play the best we've seen all season, we saw a little less of that today, but did see the Bulls take a big step forward in defense. Led by Cassie Shado and Megan Wernette, UB found 14 blocks while surrendering only two points in service reception. Toledo hit just .085 for the match.
UB dropped the first set, but got better and better as the match went on, hitting in the .260s for each of the final two sets. Megan Lipski played big, finishing with 14 digs and 10 kills, including two thundering swings in the third to turn a 23-23 tie into a 2-1 match lead. UB used a 9-3 run late in the second to take that set, and were never challenged in the fourth set.
Though we didn't see the offensive efficiency of the Akron match, UB did feature the diverse offense I've been looking for all season, and hit better and better as the match went on, especially after dropping the first set. Shado, Wernette, Lipski, Valisha Watkins, and Akeila Lain all topped ten kills, and Wernette did so with only a single attacking error.
I generally thought UB's passing and setting were better today, too. Tessa Ooyama had 23 digs, Marissa Prinzbach finished with 47 assists, and the team as a whole 70 digs; a season-high, period. Both digs numbers are season-highs for any individual and for the team, and Prinzbach's 11.75 assists/set is one her two best showings of the season.
Volleyball hits the road next weekend for a Friday/Saturday pair of games against Miami and Bowling Green.