Falcons defeat preseason MAC favorite in a determined, five-set contest

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The Falcon Volleyball team shows determination as they battled back in the fifth, set to defeat the MAC West leading Western Michigan Broncos. The Broncos led 7-3 to open up the fifth but the Falcons used a 12-4 run to win the set 15-11 and the match.

BG snapped a four-match losing streak to Western Michigan by winning 25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 19-25, 15-11. Western Michigan came into the match as one of the best defensive teams, as they led the conference in digs. However, BG used a balanced offensive attack to win the match.

The Falcons hit the lights out of the Stroh Center as they had 70 kills total and hit .257 for the match with 24 attack errors. They took it to the Broncos with four players having at least 10 kills, including Lindsay Butterfield and Paige Penrod who had 17 and 21 kills respectively.

This is just the second time all year that the Falcons have had a match go to five sets and it was the first victory as they won it in five. The other match they played that went to five was against Utah back on Sept. 8.

On the weekend as a whole, BG was 2-0 as they improved to 6-0 in the MAC. Back on Thursday night, they swept Miami University 25-18, 25-18, 25-17. That game was a bit of a breather for the Falcons as Miami was the worst team in the MAC at 5-12 overall.

BG had two players with at least ten kills as juniors Danielle Tonyan and Paige Penrod had 14 and 12 kills respectively. BG’s defense was superb as well, holding Miami to just a .078 kill’s percentage and no players with double digit kills.

After both wins BG is 10-7 on the year and has a commanding lead in the MAC at 6-0.

The Falcons will take a break from conference play for its next game as they are home again to take on Oakland University. The Grizzlies are 11-8 overall and have record of 6-3 in the Summit League.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Falcons as the game will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. With a win against Oakland the Falcons would win its 7th game in a row and put a MAC title well in their reach.