Eastern Michigan volleyball sweeps Kent State

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello had 11 kills and 10 digs Saturday for the Eagles.

The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team improved to 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play Saturday night when they swept the Kent State University Flashes, 3-0, at the Convocation Center.

The Eagles were led by sophomore outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello who recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs on the night. Three other Eagles had seven kills each and junior setter Ashley Mason put up 32 assists.

The first set was opened with a 3-1 Kent State lead, their largest of the set. But the Eagles turned it around and won 25-20.

The Eagles found themselves tied with the Flashes three times in the second set. However, Kent State never managed to get on top of EMUA kill by Iaquaniello sealed the deal for EMU with a 25-19 win.

In the third set, the Eagles opened with a kill from Erin Short. The lead was exchanged many times until the Eagles opened up a seven-point gap. The Flashes made another attempt to win the set, but EMU reached the 25-point mark and closed the game out with another 25-19 win.

Kent State was led by junior middle blocker Liva Brivule, who posted a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs.

According to Iquaniello it was the intensity of the rallies between the two teams that kept the Eagles on track to win.

The win on Saturday put the Lady Eagles at 14-3 on the season, their second best start in program history.

EMU will suit up to step outside of conference play in their next game against the Wright State Raiders in Dayton, Ohio, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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