Toledo to Face Ohio and Kent State This Weekend; Ace For Cure Match on Saturday
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (7-11, 1-5 MAC) continues a season-long five-match homestand this weekend when it faces Mid-American Conference East Division foes Ohio and Kent State. The Rockets will entertain the Bobcats (10-8, 5-1 MAC) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 before hosting the Golden Flashes (5-13, 2-4 MAC) at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Friday's match will be 'Girl Scout Night' with a Toledo Volleyball license plate given to the first 100 fans, while Saturday will serve as the Rockets' 'Ace for a Cure' match with a Cure t-shirt provided to the first 100 fans. Donations for the fight against breast cancer will be taken at the match.
The Rockets led in each match last weekend against Eastern Michigan (13-9, 3-3 MAC) and MAC West Division leader Central Michigan (11-6, 5-1 MAC) but dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Eagles and a 3-1 decision to the Chippewas. UT won its first two sets vs. EMU and held leads of 16-11 in Set 3 and 16-12 in Set 4 before the Eagles pulled out the five-set win. Toledo then captured its first set against CMU and led 20-17 in Set 2 and 17-14 in Set 3 only to the Chippewas rally for the victory.
Junior MB Dakota Harkins paces UT with a .300 attack percentage and 1.03 blocks per set, while junior OH Lauren Rafdal is tallying a team-high 2.95 kills per set. Junior S Adria Pryor is quarterbacking UT's attack and averaging 9.85 assists per set with senior libero McCall Paynter notching a team-best 3.87 digs per set.
A LOOK AT OHIO
The Bobcats have won five matches in a row -- all sweeps - since opening conference play with a 3-0 setback at MAC East Division frontrunner Bowling Green. Ohio leads the MAC with 2.76 blocks per set and a .170 opponent attack percentage. Sophomore MB Serena Warner tops the conference with 1.37 blocks per set and is third with a .329 attack percentage, while sophomore OH Kelly Lamberti ranks fourth with 3.80 kills per set.
A LOOK AT KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes split a pair of home matches last weekend, posting a 3-1 win over Buffalo before being swept by arch-rival Akron. Kent State is 10th in the MAC with a .184 attack percentage and is last in opponent attack percentage (.241), kills per set (11.32) and digs per set (12.18). Sophomore OH Tina Aderemi-Ibitola leads KSU with a .202 ATK% and 3.13 kills per set.
UT VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
The Rockets trail their all-time series vs. Ohio, 30-16, and has not posted a win over the Bobcats since 1999.
Toledo has won its last five meetings vs. Kent State and leads the all-time series by a 25-23 margin. Included in those five wins was a first-round triumph in the 2010 MAC Tournament.
HARKINS CONTINUES MOMENTUM
Junior MB Dakota Harkins has picked up where she left off from the 2011 campaign.
Harkins is leading the Rockets in attack percentage (.300) and blocks per set (1.03) and is third in kills per set (2.27).
The Canal Fulton, OH native dominated the net last weekend vs. EMU and CMU. She tallied a team-high 2.11 blocks per set and played a part in (career-high) 13 of UT's 16 total blocks against the Eagles and six of 10 blocks vs. Chippewas. Harkins also was a key contributor offensively with a team-best .444 attack percentage along with 2.56 kills per set.
Harkins notched a .413 ATK% (53-10-104) and 1.05 bps over her last five matches last year to end the season ranked seventh in the Mid-American Conference with a school-record .321 attack percentage.
PRYOR SETTING THE TABLE
Junior Adria Pryor and freshman Alex Hines entered the 2012 campaign battling for the Rockets' starting setter job. After splitting setting duties in UT's opening weekend, Pryor has emerged as the team's primary setter and is averaging 9.85 assists, 2.10 digs and 0.42 blocks per set.
Toledo's starting setter the last four years was three-time second-team All-MAC honoree Kassie Kadera, who finished her Rocket career ranked second with 4,853 assists.
CONTINUITY ON THE COURT
Junior OH Jordan Kielty is the only Rocket to appear in all 66 sets this season. The Canton, MI native leads the team with 0.25 service aces per set and ranks second with 2.23 digs per set.
Six different Rockets have led the team in kills this season. Junior OH Lauren Rafdal has paced UT on a team-high nine occasions followed by junior RSH Becca Reidy (six), Jordan Kielty (three), senior OH Sondra Parys (three) and Dakota Harkins (two).
ROCKETS IN THE MAC
Adria Pryor is seventh with 9.85 aps (7th MAC only - 10.55 aps)...Dakota Harkins is tied for sixth with a .300 ATK% and sixth with 1.03 bps (3rd MAC only -1.45 bps).
As a team, Toledo ranks fifth in the conference with 2.06 bps and third in league matches with 2.73 bps.
A LOOK AHEAD
Toledo will concludes its five-match homestand with a non-conference matchup vs. IPFW on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The Rockets will then play three of their next four contests on the road beginning at Miami (Oct. 19) and Bowling Green (Oct. 20) next weekend. UT will then host Ball State (Oct. 25) before visiting Akron (Oct. 27) to close out the month.