BUFFALO, NY – The UB women's volleyball team picked up one of its best victories in the program's short Mid-American Conference history as the Bulls defeated MAC West leading Western Michigan, 3-2, Saturday night at Alumni Arena. The win for the Bulls was their first ever against Western Michigan as they improve their record to 13-8 and 4-4 in the MAC.
The Bulls took the match 17-25, 25-17, 25-13, 15-25, 15-12 as UB hit .196 on the night, opposed to .156 for the Broncos. After falling in the first set, UB came back in the second and jumped out to an early 7-4 lead. The Broncos would eventually tie it at 11, but a 7-3 UB run gave the Bulls an 18-14 advantage. From there, UB recorded seven of the last 10 points in the set to go into intermission tied at 1-1.
The Bulls continued their momentum in the third as UB took an early 11-4 lead. The Bulls extended their lead as an 11-5 run gave UB a 22-9 advantage. The Bulls went on to win the set 25-13. However, the Broncos did not go down quietly as WMU hit .387 in the fourth set to force the fifth and deciding set.
"I couldn't be more proud of this team tonight," said head coach Todd Kress. "To come back after a tough loss last night and fight the way we did is a testament to how these players have grown throughout the year. Western Michigan is a very good team that is well coached and as we build our program, that is a perfect program to emulate and we were very fortunate to knock them off tonight."
Western Michigan was led by 17 kills from Allyson Doyle and 16
kills from Michelle Moore. Jillian Mitchell had 48 assists and 17
digs, while Doyle added 19 digs.
The Bulls hit the road this weekend as they head to Central Michigan on Friday night and Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7:00 pm.