Ypsilanti, Mich. - Senior Katie Schuette and junior Kaitlyn McIntyre each posted a double-double as Central Michigan earned a sweep on the road over Eastern Michigan Thursday night, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21.
Schuette finished the night with a match-high 12 kills and 12 digs, while McIntyre had 11 kills and a match-high 17 digs. The play of the two power hitters was just as crucial on defense as the Chippewas (8-9, 2-3 MAC) limited the Eagles (11-9, 1-4) to a hitting percentage of just .122 on the night.
Meanwhile, the return of senior setter Kelly Maxwell helped the Chippewas hit .296, including .324 in the opening set. Maxwell finished the night with a match-high 35 assists.
The Chippewas and Eagles battled back and forth through the first set before the Maroon and Gold took their first lead of the match on a ball handling error by home squad, 18-17. The Eagles were able to grab a 21-20 lead on a service error by senior Jenna Coates, but back-to-back kills by Schuette put CMU back in front, 22-21. An error on the Chippewas again tied the match, but the Chippewas were able to force set point on a double block by Maxwell and senior Danielle Gotham and eventually claimed the first match on another Eagles error, 25-22.
The second set was all Schuette as the fifth-year senior posted seven of her kills, including scoring three of the Chippewas' first six points as they jumped out to a 6-3 lead. She would extend the CMU lead to 14-9 on back-to-back kills that forced an EMU timeout and her final kill of the set helped the Chippewas keep their lead at five, 20-15.
Another double block by Gotham and Maxwell forced the Eagles into their second timeout of the set before freshman Melissa Fuchs closed the set with a kill for a 2-0 advantage, 25-20.
The Chippewas were forced to face a little adversity in the third set as the Eagles held a late one-point lead, 19-18, that forced head coach Erik Olson to take a timeout. CMU responded however, as a kill by Gotham evened the match. Sophomore Kalle Mulford, junior Hallie Enderle and McIntyre closed the match with three-straight kills for a 25-21 victory.
Gotham finished the night with seven kills and four blocks, while Enderle had six kills and Mulford five.
CMU returns home to McGuirk Arena Saturday night for a cross-divisional matchup versus Kent State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.