WMU News

Volleyball Broncos sweep Miami

Sept. 22, 2000

OXFORD, Ohio -- The WMU volleyball team opened its 2000 Mid-American Conference schedule with an impressive 3-0 win at Miami University on Friday night (Sept. 22). The Broncos (6-4 overall, 1-0 MAC) won 15-6, 15-7, 15-13.

Perennially among the top volleyball teams in the MAC, Miami was heavily favored in the preseason coaches' poll to win the conference's Eastern Division. WMU has now defeated Miami on its home court in consecutive seasons, but prior to the 1999 victory (3-1), the Broncos had not won in Oxford, Ohio, since 1993.

Senior outside hitter Monyka Paul led four Broncos in double figures for kills. Paul had a season-high 18 kills and a blistering .615 hitting percentage. She committed only two errors in 26 attempts (18-2-26). Paul also led the team with 14 digs for a double-double.

Another senior, setter Jen Nowak, also had a double-double with 58 assists and 10 digs. Nowak's impressive 19.3 assists-per-game average helped the Broncos to a season-high .368 team hitting percentage.

Middle blocker Zakiya Pope and outside hitter M'Myia McQuirter, both juniors, added 17 and 11 kills, respectively. Already among the conference leaders in hitting percentage, Pope improved her season average with a .481 effort at Miami.

Senior Alberta Griffin contributed 10 kills to the Bronco win. Defensive specialists Kelly Kuharski, a senior, and Cindy Kizer, a sophomore, each chipped in with 11 digs.

The Broncos continue on the road Saturday night (Sept. 23) when they meet defending MAC champion Ball State in Muncie, Ind. WMU fell to Ball State, 3-0, in the 1999 MAC title match, which was also played in Muncie.

For more information, visit the Broncos on the Web <www.wmubroncos.com>.

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

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