WMU News

Volleyball Broncos host MAC quarterfinal, Nov. 23

Nov. 17, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan will host a MAC Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinal match Tuesday (Nov. 23) at University Arena. WMU's opponent has not yet been determined. Tuesday's contest begins at 6 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with men's basketball vs Loyola. General admission ticket prices for the doubleheader are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

The WMU volleyball team (23-5 overall, 15-2 Mid-American Conference) concludes the 1999 regular season at MAC West Division foe Northern Illinois (8-15, 5-11) on Friday (Nov. 19).

The Broncos split a pair of road matches over the weekend. Western Michigan lost 3-0 (15-8, 15-13,15-11) at Ohio University on Friday (Nov. 12) in Athens, Ohio. WMU salvaged the long road trip with a 3-2 triumph (1-15, 15-11, 15-10, 4-15, 15-11) at Marshall in its first-ever visit to Huntington, W. Va.

Western Michigan's 3-0 loss at Ohio knocked it one-half game behind Ball State (15-1 MAC) in the league standings. The Cardinals play at East-leading Akron (12-4 MAC) on Friday and visit Kent (8-8) on Saturday (Nov. 20) to wrap up their season. In the event of a tie, the Broncos own the advantage in a tiebreaker thanks to their 3-0 victory over Ball State Sept. 24 at University Arena.

The Broncos' 3-2 victory at Marshall on Saturday marked their first five-game set of the season and first since Oct. 31, 1998 - also against the Thundering Herd. Western Michigan had gone a program-record 27 matches without going to a rally-scoring game. The 1985 squad also played 27 contests before playing a best-of-five games format. The Broncos played seven five-game matches a year ago, compiling a 6-1 ledger in those contests.

Junior defensive specialist Kelly Kuharski made 12 digs against Marshall Saturday to help WMU bounce back from its loss at Ohio. The Wheaton, Ill., native has made a career-best 217 digs this season, just one year after severely injuring the ACL and MCL in her left knee and missing the final 14 matches of the 1998 season. Kuharski has totaled 550 digs during her career at WMU and has a good chance to finish among the Broncos' all-time leaders in that category.

With a win Friday at Northern Illinois, Western Michigan would record its 24th victory of the season. That total would represent the Broncos' most wins in 12 seasons and the program's 12th campaign with 20 or more victories.

Media contact: Geoff Brown; 616 387-4138; geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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