Mount Pleasant, Mich. — A little adversity can make a team stronger.
The Central Michigan volleyball team faced advertisity Saturday night, dropping the first set in its match against Akron before rallying with three-straight wins for a four-set victory, 20-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.
The victory pushed the Chippewas to an even 11-11 record on the season and 5-5 record in the Mid-American Conference.
The Zips, who fell to 0-10 in the MAC and 6-15 overall on the season, forced the Chippewas to adapt following a first set in which they hit .455 en route to a 25-20 victory.
The Chippewas did just that however, holding the Zips to a .054 hitting percentage in set two to swing the momentum in their favor.
Senior setter Kelly Maxwell had 13 assists in each of the first two sets as the two teams went to intermission even, but took her game to a new level to put the Chippewas in front for good in set three.
Maxwell finished the third set with 16 assists, guiding the CMU offense to a .366 hitting percentage. The play of the senior created a well-rounded and efficient attack as senior Danielle Gotham, senior Katie Schuette and junior Kaitlyn McIntyre each had fourkills in the 25-22 set three victory.
The fourth set was all CMU in large part to their defense once again holding Akron to a sub-.100 hitting percentage. While the defense was clamping down, McIntyre continued to rack up kill after kill as she slammed home six more in the set and finished the night with a match-high 19.
Senior Jenna Coates closed the match by scoring three of the final four points on aces, securing CMU's second-straight win and first weekend sweep of the season.
In addition to McIntyre's big night, junior Hallie Enderle finished with a career-high 14 kills. Schuette had 10 kills and a season-high 16 digs, while Gotham also had 10 kills and three blocks. Coates led the Chippewas defensively with 23 digs.
Maxwell finished the night with a four-set season-high 55 assists, averaging 13.75 per set.
CMU is back on the road next weekend for matches at Ball State and Toledo.