Troubles continued for the Eastern Michigan volleyball team in its matchups against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan this past week. The Eagles only manage to muster one set victory combined in both matches, giving them three set victories in their last five matches.
Northern Illinois (20-5, 12-1) played host on Nov. 4 when the Eagles (8-19, 3-11) came to town. The Huskies dominated the match and took down the Eagles in three straight sets, with the closest set being 25-19. The leading scorer for the Eagles was sophomore Jordan Smith who managed to muster seven kills in the match. The Eagles volleyball team looked to rebound when it traveled to Kalamazoo.
The Eagles was able to see more success in their matchup with in-state rival Western Michigan (10-17, 5-9) but would still find themselves on the losing end. With no set being won by more than four points, the match was clearly an improvement from the defeat the Eagles took at the hands of the Huskies. Despite a better performance, the Eagles still took the loss. Eastern Michigan, offensively, had three players score in double digits. Senior Devon Murray lead the way for the Eagles on offense with a total of 16 kills while Jordan Smith and freshman Alysa Sutton added in 13 and 11 kills each.
The Eagles now must turn their attention forward to matchups at home with Central Michigan and Kent State. The Eagles will hope to draw on a strong home crowd this week when Central makes their way to the Convocation Center on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 pm. Kent State arrives on the following Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5 pm.