Hempstead, N.Y. - The Central Michigan volleyball program earned its first sweep of the 2013 season Friday afternoon, taking down South Carolina Upstate in straight sets - 28-26, 25-21, 25-21.
The Chippewas (3-4) used a heavy attack from junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre to take down the Spartans (0-6), as the Beaver Dam, Wis., native finished the match with 18 kills and a hitting percentage of .533. Much of McIntyre's big night came in part to the distribution from senior Kelly Maxwell, who dished out 43 assists.
The Spartans were able to take advantage of costly mistakes by the Chippewas in the first set and nearly swung the match in their favor after holding a 23-18 lead that forced a CMU timeout. The Maroon and Gold responded behind the play of McIntyre, going on a 7-1 run to grab a 25-24 lead. Freshman Melissa Fuchs and sophomore Angelique White eventually put away back-to-back kills to give the Chippewas a 28-26 set-one victory.
The Chippewas carried the momentum from their rally into the second set to the tune of a .255 hitting percentage and five more kills by McIntyre. Back-to-back errors on the Spartans gave CMU a three-point lead, 17-14, and forced a timeout before a block by White out of the timeout gave CMU it's largest advantage, 18-14. The Spartans were able to pull within two, 23-21, on a service error, but a kill by junior Hallie Enderle gave CMU match point and another Spartans' error secured the set for the Maroon and Gold, 25-21.
CMU closed the match behind a finely-tuned offense orchestrated by Maxwell in set three. The senior dished out 15 assists in the final set and helped CMU hit .560 en route to a 25-21 victory. With the set tied at 14, the Chippewas went on a 8-1 run capped on a kill by McIntyre to grab a 22-15 lead and ultimately secured their first sweep of the season on a kill by White.
CMU continues the Hofstra Tournament tomorrow with matches against Princeton (11 a.m.) and the host Pride (7:30 p.m.).