The Eastern Michigan volleyball team took to the road for two matches over the weekend and returned to Ypsilanti with victories over Mid-American Conference opponents from the University at Buffalo Friday and Akron University Saturday.
The Eagles (14-10, 5-5 MAC) needed five sets to take down the Bulls (13-10, 3-6 MAC) Friday night (23-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-10).
After falling behind two sets to none, the Eagles came back – winning the final three sets on the way to the victory.
"That was a great team win," coach Kim Berrington said. "We had to make some changes and the team executed them. We had key contributions by Sam and Natalie. Jill played a key role as well keeping their blockers and defense off balance with her attacking."
Junior outside hitter Stacey Perinar led the way for Eastern with 19 kills and 12 digs. Senior setter Jill Briner and senior middle blocker Megan Crawshaw each added 11 kills.
Eastern made quick work of Akron (8-17, 2-8 MAC) in straight sets Saturday (25-15, 25-16, 25-15).
Perinar led the team again with 12 kills and nine digs. Crawshaw added eight kills while redshirt junior middle blocker Katie Krasowski notched seven.
"Our ball control was very solid which lead to our middle blockers having a good night,” Berrington said. “Katie and Megan were very effective hitting .462 and .538. Katie also had 3 block solos and 2 block assists. Jill Briner played well in every facet of the game."
Junior libero Corynne Smith (21 digs) and senior defensive specialist Natalie Folk (10 digs) were major factors on defense for the Eagles.
“Corynne Smith also had a big night for us,” Berrington said.
The Eagles return home for a matchup against Central Michigan University on Thursday night. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
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