BG Volleyball team looks to keep winning as they begin MAC play

Hampton Crawford and Hampton Crawford

Ending with a 3-2 set victory over Robert Morris last weekend, the BG women’s volleyball team looks to keep that streak alive as they return to Mid-American conference play on Friday.

BG is looking to turn their season around as they enter conference play hoping they will get back to the winning side of the totem pole.

For BG, the last two years have been a struggle outside of the conference, compiling a record of 7-16 overall. But when BG enters into conference play, it seems like they are a different team competing at a higher level as they went 23-9 in the past two years in the Mid-American Conference.

However, Head Coach Danijela Tomic feels good about the preseason and thinks it will help the team succeed in the MAC.

“I feel good about what this preseason has done for us,” said Danijela Tomic. “When you have a young team it is about gaining that experience and we have been pushed to the limit. I do think after four weeks of preseason we will be as ready as we could be.”

BG is currently sitting in last place in the MAC east followed by Akron at 6-9 overall. Their first opponent, Buffalo, is number one in the east at 9-4.

But that does not bother BG, as they think of conference play as a second season starting all over from scratch.

“I am just excited for a new season— that’s what we call it after the preseason tournaments are over,” said senior Kelsey Bates.” “It will be nice to have a fresh start and be competitive and I know that we are going to compete with every Mid-American team.”

BG has been on and off throughout the entire season, showing some flashes of a team effort but other times not so much.

So for BG they must become more consistent or else they could be in for a very long season.

“That is what we need to work on, we need to come out confident each and every game,” Bates said.” “We just need to pull it together and become more consistent with our play.”

The Falcons will travel up to Buffalo, New York to play the Bulls first in the Alumni Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday. BG currently holds the all-time head-to-head record 24-5 but Buffalo got the last laugh as they were the victors in the last match getting 3-2 sets.

Following that, BG will head back to Ohio to face off against the Akron Zips at the James A. Rhodes Arena at 5 p.m. on Saturday. BG currently holds the all-time head-to-head record standing at 33-15 as well as winning the last contest three sets to one.