Statesboro, Ga. – Central Michigan used a balanced attack led by freshman Melissa Fuchs and junior Kaitlyn McIntyre to take down Jackson State in straight sets in the opening game of the Bash in the Boro Friday morning.
The Chippewas (5-5) hit .320 in the opening match as Fuchs had a match-high 13 kills and McIntyre finished the match with 11. Senior Danielle Gotham had seven kills, while junior Hallie Enderle recorded six and sophomore Angelique White 5.
Senior Kelly Maxwell, who entered the match ranked 13th in the country in assists per set, dished out 23 assists in the first two sets before junior Danielle Thompson came in and led the offense in the third set with 15 assists.
CMU never tailed in the first set despite being tied six times and grabbed a four-point advantage, 13-9, on an ace by senior Jenna Coates to force a Jaguars (1-11) timeout. A kill by Fuchs and three-straight errors on the Jaguars pushed the lead to 17-10 and a double block by sophomore Kalle Mulford and Gotham ultimately gave the Maroon and Gold the first set victory, 25-13.
A 7-0 run behind the serve of sophomore Kristen Reenders, who had three aces during the stretch, helped the Chippewas break open the second set as the run turned a 6-6 tie into a 13-6 CMU advantage. A kill by senior Katie Schuette gave CMU it’s largest lead of the set, 20-11, and a kill by Gotham set up the sweep with a 25-15 victory.
The third set was all Fuchs and McIntyre with the aid of junior college transfer Danie Thompson. Fuchs and McIntyre each racked up six kills in the final set, while Thompson dished out 15 assists as the Chippewas cruised to a 25-15 victory.
Georgia Southern Takes Down CMU in Straight Sets
The Chippewas were unable to come away with a second victory Friday evening, falling to host Georgia Southern in straight sets - 25-21, 25-19, 26-24.
The Eagles improved to 10-2 on the season with the victory while the Chippewas fell to 5-6. They will look to conclude non-conference play with an even .500 record on Saturday when they take on Charleston Southern at 10 a.m.
McIntyre led CMU with nine kills versus the Eagles as the Chippewas' offense struggled to find its groove. CMU hit just .104 in the evening match after hitting .322 versus the Jaguars to open the day.
Maxwell led the Chippewas with 29 assists, while Coates had a team-high 14 digs. Fuchs tallied seven kills in the losing effort, while Enderle and Gotham each had six.