Rockets Fight Hard in Season-Ending 3-2 Defeat at Eastern Michigan
YPSILANTI, MI - Toledo concluded its 2012 campaign with a 3-2 (29-27, 23-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11) setback to Eastern Michigan.
The Eagles finished the regular season with an 18-14 record on the season and 8-8 in Mid-American Conference play, while Toledo fell to 8-21 and 2-14 in conference play.
"It was a hard-fought match tonight and I appreciate our seniors' time and effort that they have provided to our program," Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith said.
Senior outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello tied a career high with 33 kills for EMU to equal the best kill mark in Convocation Center history.
Eastern won the opening frame, 29-27 after Toledo had jumped out to a 16-9 advantage. The Eagles rallied with a 7-1 run to come within a point but UT did have two set points at 24-23 and 25-24. Parys led the Rockets in the frame with nine kills and an impressive .643 ATK%.
Toledo came back to win the second frame, 25-23. The Rockets notched a .280 attack percentage (16-2-50) in the set and EMU hit just .237 (20-6-59). Kielty led UT with six kills and also came up with nine digs.
The Rockets took a 2-1 lead on EMU when they took the third frame, 25-17. UT hit .351 (18-5-37) in the set and limited Eastern to a .139 attack percentage (8-3-36). Kielty continued her strong play with seven kills and a .417 ATK%.
Eastern evened up the score at two sets apiece in the fourth, 25-21. The Eagles held Toledo to just a .091 attack percentage (11-7-44), while posting a .205 hitting percentage (16-7-44) in the set. Iaquaniello posted nine kills in the frame, while Roback added four, going 4-for-5 in attacks.
The Eagles led the entire way in its 15-11 victory in the final set.