Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan volleyball coach Mike Gawlik says Jordan Bueter brings leadership and offensive fire to the team.
More importantly, this weekend she brought her right hand and broken records.
Bueter set a post-rally scoring record for most kills (23) and most attacks (52) in a three-set match on Saturday while leading the Chippewas to a sweep of IUPUI to close the Chippewa Invitational at McGuirk Arena.
“It was just a good atmosphere,” said the senior outside hitter. “It’s fun playing with my team … the hustle of everyone out there really helps bring that fuel.”
The Chippewas improved to 7-2 in finishing the weekend 2-1. The split their Friday matches, topping Indiana State, 3-2, and then falling to Cleveland State, 3-0.
CMU swiped set one 25-23 from IUPUI and the teams played a hard-fought tug-of-war in the second. The score was knotted at 29-29, but back-to-back kills from Bueter laced up the 31-29 win for the Chippewas. The Chippewas broke from a 9-9 tie in the third and final set, eventually posting a 25-17 victory to win going away.
“It really just comes down to who wants it the most,” said Bueter.
Senior Taylor Robertson added nine kills on a .316 hitting percentage. Bueter and Robertson were named to the all-tournament team.
“In order to have the season you want to have, your seniors have to play the best season of their career,” said Gawlik. “I really liked our focused effort coming out of each play, even if it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. It had been a long weekend for us, so we wanted to make sure we closed this one out as efficiently as possible.”
Megan Kern recorded 24 digs for Central Michigan, while Emily Wenglikowski added 14.
Maddie Dean had 11 kills and Gabby Fisher added 10 for the Jaguars.
The Chippewas will be back on the road at the Shamrock Invitational at Notre Dame on Friday (4:30 p.m.) against Southern Illinois. CMU will also take on Michigan State (10 a.m.) and Notre Dame (7 p.m.) on Saturday to close the tournament.
“We’re trying to grow each weekend playing teams that elevate each week,” said Gawlik, a former Michigan State assistant. “Next week is going to be a big test for us … we look forward to playing those teams. It’ll be a good measuring stick for us to see how we match up against elite teams in our region. That’s our mindset.”