Sept. 22, 2007
Bowling Green, Ohio - The Northern Illinois volleyball team couldn't get past Bowling Green, losing their second Mid-American Conference road match of the year, 18-30, 24-30, 28-30. BGSU now owns a record of 10-5 (2-0 MAC) and NIU's record stands at 6-10 (0-2 MAC).
The Huskies quickly found themselves in a 10-4 hole to begin the first game behind three early kills from Bowling Green's Corey Domek. BGSU used two 6-0 runs and five kills from Mehgan Mohr to help the Falcons take game one, 30-18. Senior Laura Baetzel (Chicago, Ill. / Burbank Queen of Peace) and sophomore Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio / Northview) each registered three kills for NIU.
"We knew Bowling Green was an aggressive serving team," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "They scored some points with their serves and really took us out of our game with their serves and transition scoring early on."
In game two, Northern Illinois opened with an early run of their own, breaking open an 8-3 lead with two kills from Baetzel. A couple of plays later the Falcons countered with a 5-0 run to take the lead, 11-10, after an attack error by Baetzel. BGSU increased their lead to 14-10 until the Huskies used a 6-2 run that included two kills from junior Irene Johnson (Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg) to tie the score, 16-16. With the score knotted, the Falcons went on an 8-1 charge that included two kills and a block from Domek to propel BGSU to a 30-24 win. Johnson collected seven kills for the Huskies.
The lead exchanged hands several times in game three and there were eleven ties before the Falcons finally broke away with a 21-19 lead after kills from Mohr and Kendra Halm. BGSU extended their lead to 26-23 before the Huskies retaliated with 5-2 charge, tying the game, 28-28, on a block by Johnson and sophomore Jessica Schultz (Beaver Dam, Wis. / Beaver Dam / Kishwaukee C.C.). A service error by NIU sophomore Amanda Tadla (Oak Lawn, Ill. / Oak Lawn) and a block by Domek and Halm gave Bowling Green the game, 30-28. Schoenrock posted a career-single-game-high 12 kills for the Huskies.
"The third game was tied, 28-28, and we called time-out," said Gooden. "Unfortunately, we missed our serve and then got blocked to end the match. We fought hard to get back and tie it up. We played a pretty good game."
Schoenrock led the way for NIU with 16 kills and Tadla chipped in with 22 assists. Johnson notched a team-high 15 digs for the Huskies defensively. Junior Jody Hardwick (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake South / St. Louis) also added 11 digs.
"We knew they were an experienced team and that showed tonight," Gooden said. "We have a good week to train [for next weekend's home MAC matches] and we are excited about that."
Leading the way for the Falcons were Domek and Mohr, who each tallied 12 kills. Sam Fish also contributed with 44 assists for BGSU. On the defensive side for the Falcons, Madeline Means and Chelsey Meek each totaled 19 digs.
The Huskies continue MAC competition with their first MAC home match on Friday, September 28 when they face Central Michigan at 7 p.m. in Victor E. Court.