Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – After rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win its opener in the Chippewa Invitational on Friday, the Central Michigan volleyball team did not have another comeback up its sleeve.
Cleveland State defeated the Chippewas, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, on Friday in CMU’s second game of the tournament at McGuirk Arena. CMU (6-2) is scheduled to close the invitational on Saturday (5 p.m.) against IUPUI (3-5).
“All in all, we move on,” CMU coach Mike Gawlik said. “It wasn’t our best match, but we did some good things and we have to get ready for an IUPUI match tomorrow and try to salvage a 2-1 weekend.”
Taylor Robertson had 13 kills on a 522 hitting percentage to lead the Chippewas, while Jordan Bueter added 12 kills. Bueter finished with eight digs.
“The first half of all three sets we were right with them and responding to a lot of things they brought to the table,” said Gawlik. “Our trust started to break down when we were doing the little things and I think that they exposed that.”
CMU’s Grace Butler and Marissa Grant finished with 19 assists apiece.
“I was just doing my best to manage the ball,” said Robertson. “If it was there, I went ahead and took it. Marissa (Grant) and Grace (Butler) were both putting up really good balls and we had some good defensive touches, so it all strung together well.”
Cleveland State had the edge in team hitting percentage with .366 against CMU’s .194.
Trinniti Hall led the Viking (4-3) attack with nine kills on a .412 hitting percentage.