Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan volleyball team dropped a three-set Mid-American Conference decision to Kent State on Saturday at McGuirk Arena.
The Chippewas slipped to 10-8, 2-4 MAC, while the Golden Flashes improved to 4-13, 2-4. CMU will look to bounce back as it travels to Miami (Ohio) on Friday (7 p.m.).
"The best teams in this conference are consistent," CMU coach Mike Gawlik said. "They are consistent with their offense and defense. I think our good is very good. When we're playing on all cylinders, we can beat any team in this conference. I think what's holding us back is our inconsistency."
Kent State topped Central Michigan 27-25, 25-15 25-16.
"It's a match we're not particularly proud of," Gawlik said. "Set one was really back and forth and I thought we had an opportunity to steal it, but I don't think we were playing our best volleyball.
"This team has been really, really great at rebounding but we didn't rebound tonight. Set two and three got worse and that's on us as a (coaching) staff and team."
Seniors Jordan Bueter and Taylor Robertson tallied nine kills each to lead the Chippewas. Robertson added six blocks.
Kelsey Bittinger had a team-high 16 kills on a .469 attack percentage for Kent State.
"We have to push the right buttons to get productivity out there," Gawlik said. "Tonight it was a group effort to not be as successful as we wanted to. It wasn't on a single person. It was a group effort that didn't play very well collectively."