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Netters bounce back with win against IPFW at home

Last night, the BG volleyball team got back down to business and took care of the home court in their final non-conference match against IPFW at Anderson Arena.

On the heels of a weekend where they lost two matches to Mid-American Conference foes Kent State and Ohio University, the Falcons were able to sweep IPFW to improve their record to 11-7 overall.

“This was a confidence booster for us,” middle blocker Stephanie Swiger said. “After a weekend with two disappointing losses, we really wanted to come back and maintain our undefeated streak at home and really put on a show for our fans and show them that we’re here to compete this year.”

The Falcons are 6-0 at home this season.

In the first game, BG was able to pull away toward the end to win 30-22. With a hitting percentage of .372, 19 kills and just three errors, the Falcons were able to build an early lead and hold on. IPFW had 15 kills and five errors, and hit .208.

Game two was not as close. BG took the lead from the get-go and ran away with the contest, winning 30-19. Everything clicked for the Falcons, as they hit .239 to IPFW’s .019.

With 14 kills and a second straight game of three errors, BG won easily.

The Falcons had the momentum in their favor going into the third game as they held onto the lead and eventually won 30-26 despite a late rally by the Mastodons. As a team, BG hit .312 and had 22 kills and seven errors. IPFW hit only .192.

“I just felt like today it was us being so much stronger at the net at hitting and blocking than they were,” said coach Denise Van De Walle.

Throughout the games, some individual performances stood out. On the night, Swiger had 16.5 points, 15 kills and a .414 hitting percentage. Left side hitter Corey Domek added 16 points, another 15 kills and hit .444. Middle hitter Kendra Halm had 11 kills, 13.5 points and hit an impressive .500 for the match.

Chelsey Meek has 24 digs in her last three games, about eight per game.

“We feel good if we get four [digs] a game,” Van De Walle said.

As a team, BG had 55 kills to go with only 13 errors, and hit .307. The team’s goal in every match is to hit .240 or above.

“Corey Domek on the left side had some really great shots,” Van De Walle said. “Our middles, Kendra Halm and Stephanie Swiger, combined for 26 of our 55 kills. That’s incredible.”

“The middles had a field day today,” she said.

BG will look to continue their home winning streak this weekend as they host Akron at 7 p.m. on Friday and Buffalo at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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