Kalamazoo, Mich. - Junior Kaitlyn McIntyre became the 17th member of Central Michigan's 1,000 kill club Friday night, but the Chippewas fell to Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan in four sets, 21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 16-25.
The loss brought the Chippewas' record at 7-8 overall and 1-2 in MAC play. Western Michigan improved to 9-7 and 2-1 following Friday’s competition.
McIntyre slammed home a team-high 17 kills, bringing her career total to 1,008 as the 17th member of the prestigious club.
The first set was a close match-up throughout, but eventually the Broncos pulled away with a 25-21 victory.
The Chippewas were off to a quick start after Senior Katie Schuette started off the second set with three-straight aces, the momentum continued and CMU came away with a 25-20 win.
The Maroon and Gold never trailed in the second set, and led by as many as eight to take a 19-11 lead. Junior Kaitlyn McIntyre ended the set with a kill, evening the match at a set apiece.
The Chippewas kept pace with the Broncos throughout the third set and found the competition tied 15-15. Western did not give up the lead for the rest of the set and pulled away with a 25-19 victory.
CMU struggled in the last set of the night failing to score any more than three consecutive points. The Broncos led by eight as late as 19-11 and the Chippewas were never able to recover. Western ended the fourth set off three-straight points to take a 25-16 win over the Maroon and Gold.
Senior Jenna Coates paced the defense with 30 digs, while McIntyre chipped in with 12.
Junior transfer Danie Thompson had a CMU career-high 53 assists and added seven digs for the Chippewas.
CMU continues MAC-play tomorrow at Northern Illinois at 8 p.m. (ET)