Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre was named to the All-Tournament team after recording 45 kills in the three matches this weekend.
Volleyball Splits to Finish Runner-Up at Hofstra Tournament

Hempstead, N.Y. - The Central Michigan volleyball team finished runner-up at the Hofstra Tournament Saturday after splitting its final two matches versus Princeton and Hofstra.

The Chippewas (4-5) earned their second-straight sweep to open the day, taking down the Tigers - 25-23, 25-23, 25-18.

Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre continued her stellar play with a team-high 14 kills on 25 attempts, while senior setter Kelly Maxwell dished out 37 assists.

McIntyre was named to the All-Tournament team for the second-straight week, finishing the tournament with 45 kills (4.5/set) and 21 digs.

The Maroon and Gold trailed in the first set versus the Tigers, 23-19, but were able to use a 6-0 run to come from behind and take the early one-set lead.

The Chippewas continued the momentum into the second set to grab an 11-7 lead on a kill by senior Katie Schuette. The Tigers were able to pull back within a point, 18-17, but another kill by Schuette put CMU back in front 21-17 and McIntyre closed the set with a kill for a 25-21 win.

Following the intermission, the Chippewas broke a tight set open midway through to earn the sweep. CMU led by just one, 13-12, after an ace by the Tigers, but went on to score 12 of the next 18 points to claim a 25-18 win. McIntyre had three kills during the run, while Maxwell and sophomore Kristen Reenders each had an ace to help secure the sweep.

The Chippewas and host Pride met in the final match of the tournament as both teams entered having won each of their first two games. After splitting the first two sets, the Pride were able to squeak out a close two-point victory in set three and eventually win the match with a 25-21 victory in set four.

CMU led by two late late in the third set following a kill by McIntyre, 22-20, but an attacking error and service ace even the set at 22 apiece. A kill by sophomore Kalle Mulford put the Chippewas back in front, but the Pride once again evened the match, forcing a CMU timeout. Another kill by Mulford fought off set point after Hofstra had taken a 24-23 lead, but a kill by Nuria Lopes da Silva and an attacking error on the Chippewas gave the Pride a 26-24 win.

The Pride grabbed an early 11-4 lead in the fourth set and the Chippewas were never able to recover, falling 25-21.