The Bowling Green volleyball program (15-10, 11-3 MAC) bounced back to earn a five-set win over Kent State (5-20, 3-11 MAC) on Saturday evening, with a 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 25-19, 14-25, 15-9) final on Senior Night. After the victory, the Bowling Green volleyball program honored senior Nicole Slimko in the final home match of the 2017 season.
With two games to go in the regular season, the Falcons are currently tied with Miami for first place in the Mid-American Conference, both holding records of 11-3.
• With 36 assists and 14 digs, sophomore setter Isabelle Marciniak notched her team-leading 11th double-double of the season, including her second double-double performance of the weekend.
• Bowling Green had a second player reach double-double status as sophomore Jessi Holly earned 11 kills while hitting .191 in addition to marking 19 digs on the night. Holly also marked back-to-back double-doubles this weekend, while her performance against Kent State marked her fourth of the year.
• In the back row, junior libero Kallie Seimet tallied a team-high of 28 digs against the Golden Flashes, marking her 19th 20+ dig match of the season. A native of Oregon, Ohio, Seimet now holds 1,490 career digs, which ranks fifth in program history, while her 681 digs this season also ranks second in Bowling Green volleyball program history.
• On the night, three Falcons earned double-digit kills, while four players posted double-digit digs. Junior Isabel Kovacic led the Bowling Green squad with 14 kills, while Holly and senior Nicole Slimko each marked 11. Defensively, Seimet (28), Holly (19), Victoria Iacobelli (17), and Marciniak (14) all earned double-digit digs.
• At a key point in the match, junior Madeline Brandewie served up a pair of back-to-back aces, which were two of the Falcons three on the night. Holly earned the third Falcon ace against the Golden Flashes.
• Leading the Falcons at the net was freshman Katie Kidwell, who jumped for nine total blocks as she helped the Falcons post 14.0 total team blocks, the second most of the season.
• In her final home match of her career, senior Nicole Slimko tallied 11 kills while hitting .111, in addition to six blocks and one assist for 14.0 points.
• Overall, Bowling Green held the advantage in hitting percentage (.103-.088), while Kent State held the edge in kills (53-50), service aces (4-3), and digs (107-95). The teams were square with 14.0 total team blocks on the night.
• The pair of conference foes battled through a total of 21 tie scores and eight lead changes, including a match-high of eight ties and six lead changes in Bowling Green's third set win. The Falcons also did not sacrifice any lead chances though the entire fifth set.