Broncos To Host Akron, Buffalo at University Arena
Friday, October 12 // 7 p.m.
Broncos lead series 19-11 // Broncos 11-5 vs. Zips at home
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- This will be the 31st meeting between the Broncos and the Zips, with WMU holding the 19-11 advantage in the all-time series and an 11-5 advantage in University Arena.
- This will be the 18th meeting between the Broncos and the Bulls, with WMU holding a dominant 16-1 edge in the all-time series and a 9-0 advantage in matches played in University Arena
- WMU defeated both the Zips and the Bulls on the road in 3-0 sweeps in 2011
- The Broncos are 50-9 against MAC opponents at home under Colleen Munson
- The Broncos are 17-4 against MAC East opponents at home under Colleen Munson
- Stephenee Yancy is hitting .444 with a 2.44 kills/set average over her past five matches
- Carlee Berland had a team-high 10 kills in the Broncos’ match against Marquette
- Jessica Brown recorded 15 kills and hit .379 in the Broncos’ match against Bowling Green
- Terin Norris recorded her team-high ninth double-double of the season with 50 assists and 11 digs at Bowling Green
- The Broncos recorded a season-high six service aces in the win over Northern Illinois
- Jessica Brown needs seven kills to pass Katie Eberling for fifth on the career kills list at Western Michigan
- Jessica Brown is one of only two players in the MAC to rank in the top-10 in both kills and hitting percentage
- Lena Oliver moved into second place on the career digs list at Western Michigan on Saturday, passing Katy Duffy and Allyson Doyle
The Western Michigan volleyball team will return to University Arena after a three-match road swing when they host the Akron Zips and Buffalo Bulls on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in Kalamazoo.
This will be the 31st meeting between the Broncos and the Zips, with WMU holding the 19-11 advantage in the all-time series and an 11-5 advantage in University Arena. The Broncos have won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams, and own a 7-1 record against the Zips under head coach Colleen Munson. The Broncos have won each of the last three meetings, including a 3-0 win against the Zips in 2010, the last time Akron visited University Arena.
This will be the 18th meeting between the Broncos and the Bulls, with WMU holding a dominant 16-1 edge in the all-time series and a 9-0 advantage in matches played in University Arena. The teams first met in 1998, with WMU winning the first 14 meetings over 11 years. The Broncos are 7-1 against the Bulls under Colleen Munson, including a 3-0 win the last time the teams met in University Arena, back in 2010.
Home Court Dominance
Historically, the friendly confines of University Arena have been very kind to the Broncos. WMU has an all-time record of 337-119 (.739) in the friendly confines, and are 74-13 (.851) under Munson during her tenure.
The Broncos have been even better against conference opponents at home. WMU has a record of 50-9 (.847) against MAC opponents in University Arena, but only one of those losses has come in recent memory; the Broncos’ loss to Northern Illinois in 2011 snapped what was a 34-match win streak against MAC opponents at University Arena.
Munson Against the MAC East
Under head coach Colleen Munson, the Broncos possess a 28-17 (.622) record against opponents from the MAC East division. In addition, the Broncos are 17-4 (.810) against MAC East division opponents in matches played at University Arena.
Offensive Attack Among the Best
In the most recent MAC and NCAA rankings, the Broncos’ offense ranks among the very best in the nation. WMU leads the MAC in both assists and kills per set, figures that rank seventh and 29th in NCAA Division I, respectively.
Freshman middle blocker Stephenee Yancy is averaging 2.23 kills per set in MAC play this year, but she has been dynamite over her past five matches in particular; Yancy is hitting .444 and averaging 2.44 kills per set in that span, including matches of back-to-back double digit kills against Northern Illinois and Bowling Green. Yancy was especially dangerous against the Huskies, hitting .625 in the win.