WMU News

Volleyball Broncos fall at Ball State

Sept. 23, 2000

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Defending MAC champion Ball State defeated the WMU volleyball team, 15-7, 15-10, 15-10, in Muncie on Saturday night (Sept. 23). WMU fell to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference.

Western Michigan swept Ball State, 3-0, in Kalamazoo in 1999, but the Broncos have now lost their past eight matches versus the Cardinals in Muncie. The last time a WMU volleyball team defeated Ball State on its home court was Nov. 15, 1991.

The two teams meet again when the Broncos host Ball State on Friday, Nov. 17, in the final weekend of the regular season.

In Saturday's loss, junior middle blocker Zakiya Pope had 12 kills, a .450 hitting percentage and a match-high six blocks. She also contributed eight digs.

Outside hitter M'Miya McQuirter had 13 kills. Seniors Monyka Paul and Alberta Griffin each had eight kills. Paul and Griffin also had 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Senior setter Jen Nowak started the match. She had 27 assists. Sophomore Ashley Ritter had 17 assists in relief of Nowak.

On Friday night (Sept. 22), the Broncos opened their MAC schedule with an impressive 3-0 win at Miami University. [Click for more of the story.]

The Broncos play their first four MAC matches of the season on the road. WMU travels to Akron on Friday, Sept. 29, for a 7:30 p.m. match and to Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 30, for a match that begins at 7 p.m.

Western Michigan returns to University Arena for its MAC home opener versus Bowling Green on Friday, Oct. 6. The Broncos also host Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 7. Game time for both home matches is 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Broncos on the Web <www.wmubroncos.com>.

Media contact: Geoff Brown; 616 387-4138; geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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