Falcon Volleyball Swept by Cardinals on Friday, Take Down Rockets on Saturday


Falcon Volleyball Swept by Cardinals on Friday, Take Down Rockets on Saturday

BGSU Volleyball is inching closer and closer to the MAC tournament, and the question now is: could the Falcons host it?

The ultimate decider would be this weekend, in which the Falcons hosted the number one team in the conference in the Ball State Cardinals on Friday, before taking on the Toledo Rockets in the Battle of I-75.

Here’s how it happened.


Number one in the MAC East, number one in the MAC West. One would think that the match would go to five sets. 

The Ball State Cardinals had other plans.

The Cardinals (10-2 MAC, 18-6 OVR), defeated the Bowling Green State Falcons (9-3 MAC, 14-9 OVR) in straight sets, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-22.

With each set being decided by four points or less, the Red and White utilized strong defense to silence the Falcons, who coming into the match had won 14 straight conference matches at home. 

Ball State held a decisive 64-52 advantage in digs and limited BG to a .115 attack percentage on the evening, one of the lowest on the season for the Orange and Brown. 

The Falcons were led on the court by Jaden Walz, who led the team in both assists (18) and digs (12), en route to her ninth double-double of the season. As for the offense, freshman Lauryn Hovey registered a team-high 16 kills for the Orange and Brown. 

The loss dropped the Falcons into a tie for first place in the MAC East division with the Ohio Bobcats, but would it be broken on Saturday?


On Saturday night, the Falcons battled the Toledo Rockets in the “Battle of I-75”, winning the match in four sets: 25-18, 28-30, 25-17, and 25-15. With 59 kills and five aces on the evening, the Brown and Orange soared to a three sets to one victory over the Rockets. 

Here’s how the match played out.  

Set 1: 25-18 

Bowling Green, jumping into action early, would grab the lead with a four point run. The Falcons would continue to hold the lead, the score now 10-4 after a three-point run. From there, the Falcons would extend their lead even more with another 3-0 run, the score 14-6. With this same momentum, Bowling Green took the set near its end with a powerful 5-0 run, the Falcons now holding the set 21-9. The Rockets would then respond with a quick 7-1 run to make things interesting at 22-16. The Falcons continued on to win the set 25-18 and now would lead for the match. With senior Petra Indrova leading the set in kills (7), the Falcons were able to secure the set by a large margin.  

Set 2: 28-30 

The second set would begin slow, with the Falcons and Rockets trading off points. Later, with a 10-13 score, UT in the lead, BG took a 3-0 run to close the gap. With a 13-14 score, the Falcons put together another 3-0 run to take the lead, 16-14. Each team would continue to take turns scoring on multiple-point runs until the set entered extra points, where BG would take the lead and the Rockets would be forced into a timeout. With both teams pushing toward the end, the Falcons held the lead 28-27. This is when UT would make a 3-0 run to secure the set 28-30.

Set 3: 25-17


Set three, following the trend of the first and second, would start with both teams scoring back and forth until the first media timeout of the set. At that point, the Brown and Orange would be ahead 15-10. Later on, the Falcons would make a four-point run to extend their lead and hold the set, 20-13. Following another 3-0 Bowling Green run, the Falcons would continue to hold the set 23-15. The set would conclude after kills by Indrova and Alexis Mettille to take the set 25-17.  The Falcons would now lead the match 2-1 over the Rockets.  

Set 4: 25-15 

The fourth and final set would begin with a strong push by the Falcon offense with two separate 4-0 runs. The Brown and Orange would extend their lead, the score now 8-4. The score went on to reach 11-7, where UT would put together a 3-0 run, taking the lead with a 10-12 score. Almost immediately after, the  Falcons responded with a 4-0 run, taking back and holding the lead. Bowling Green doubled down and took a 5-0 run, the score now 22-13. Even with the Rockets scoring from here, it wasn’t enough to hold off the Falcons. The Brown and Orange would take the set 25-15 and leave the “Battle of I-75” victorious.

With a strong third and fourth set for sophomore Kat Mandly, she would manage to lead the night in kills with 16. In addition to Mandly, Indrova would lead with 25 digs, along with 15 kills for a double-double. Freshman Jessica Andrews would lead the team with 11 blocks. 

After Friday night’s loss versus Ball State, Coach Danijela Tomic was pleased with her players’ performance against their rivals. 

“It’s a great win, especially coming off after a tough loss last night,” Tomic said. “These bounce back wins just mean a little bit more.” With such a strong win off of UT, the Falcons look ahead as they take on the Akron Zips next week.”  

Bowling Green will host the Zips on Friday, Nov. 4, with first serve at 6 p.m.  

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