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Toledo Concludes Five-Match Homestand Against IPFW on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m

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Toledo (8-12, 2-6 MAC) wraps up a season-long five-match homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 16 with a non-conference matchup vs. Summit League foe IPFW (17-4, 7-2 Summit). The Rockets will then travel to Oxford, OH to battle Miami (6-15, 1-7 MAC) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m., before visiting Mid-American Conference East Division leader Bowling Green (13-7, 8-0 MAC) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m.

UT split a pair of matches last weekend, falling to Ohio (12-8, 7-1 MAC) in five sets on Friday and sweeping Kent State (5-15, 2-6 MAC) on Saturday. Toledo, which held a 2-1 lead against the Bobcats, was paced by junior OH Lauren Rafdal's 17 kills and career-high 18 digs against Ohio. It was her second double-double in the last three matches. Senior OH Sondra Parys topped the Rockets in their sweep of the Golden Flashes with 14 kills and a team-high .400 attack percentage.

Junior MB Dakota Harkins paces UT with a .297 attack percentage and 1.11 blocks per set, while Rafdal is tallying a team-high 3.00 kills per set. Junior S Adria Pryor is quarterbacking UT's attack and averaging 10.09 assists per set with senior libero McCall Paynter notching a team-best 3.03 digs per set.

Toledo has excelled blocking in its last four matches with 2.88 blocks per set and now ranks second in the conference with 2.77 bps in league contests.

 

A LOOK AT IPFW

The Mastodons saw their eight-match win streak end with Friday's 3-1 home loss to Oakland. IPFW is unbeaten in four matches vs. MAC schools this season with wins over Ball State (3-1), Central Michigan (3-1), Eastern Michigan (3-0) and Kent State (3-0). Senior MH Jesse Manwaring leads the Mastodons with a .329 attack percentage with sophomore OH Emily Spencer posting a team-best 4.08 kills per set. IPFW's Tessa McGill (6.01 dps) and Megan Steenhuysen (12.06 aps) each appear in national rankings at fifth and sixth, respectively.

 

A LOOK AT MIAMI

The RedHawks recorded their first conference win with Saturday's 3-0 sweep at Eastern Michigan. Miami ranks ninth in the MAC with 12.05 kills per set and is 11th with a.180 ATK%. Junior libero Madison Hardy is sixth in the league with 4.55 digs per set, while sophomore OH Meg Riley ranks 10th with a .280 hitting mark.

 

A LOOK AT BOWLING GREEN

The Falcons already have surpassed last year's conference win total with their 8-0 MAC start under first-year Head Coach Danijela Tomic. Bowling Green has won four straight matches with each victory coming in five sets. The Falcons rank third in the league with 2.28 blocks per set and are fourth with 13.62 kills per set. Junior OH Paige Penrod ranks second in the MAC in kills (4.03) and service aces (0.32) per set, while junior MB Kaitlyn Skinner is third with 1.12 blocks per set.

 

UT VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

IPFW holds a 5-2 record vs. Toledo with the last meeting between the schools a 3-0 setback at IPFW.

Toledo has split its last four meetings vs. Bowling Green but trails the all-time series by a 45-13 margin.

The Rockets trail their series vs. Miami, 33-10, but have won five of their last eight matches vs. the RedHawks.

 

HARKINS PUTTING UP THE BLOCK

Junior MB Dakota Harkins has become one of the top defensive forces in the MAC and has a league-best 1.53 blocks per set in conference play.

Harkins is leading the Rockets in attack percentage (.297) and blocks per set (1.11) and is third in kills per set (2.31).

Harkins notched a .413 ATK% (53-10-104) and 1.05 bps over her last five matches last year to end the season ranked seventh in the Mid-American Conference with a school-record .321 attack percentage.

 

PRYOR SETTING THE TABLE

Junior Adria Pryor and freshman Alex Hines entered the 2012 campaign battling for the Rockets' starting setter job. After splitting setting duties in UT's opening weekend, Pryor has emerged as the team's primary setter and is averaging 10.09 assists, 2.11 digs and 0.46 blocks per set.

Toledo's starting setter the last four years was three-time second-team All-MAC honoree Kassie Kadera, who finished her Rocket career ranked second with 4,853 assists.

 

CONTINUITY ON THE COURT

Junior OH Jordan Kielty is the only Rocket to appear in all 74 sets this season. The Canton, MI native leads the team with 0.27 service aces per set and ranks second with 2.20 digs per set.

 

BALANCED ATTACK

      Six different Rockets have led the team in kills this season. Junior OH Lauren Rafdal has paced UT on a team-high 10 occasions followed by junior RSH Becca Reidy (six), senior OH Sondra Parys (four), Jordan Kielty (three) and Dakota Harkins (two).

 

ROCKETS IN THE MAC

Dakota Harkins is fourth with 1.11 bps (3rd MAC only - 1.45 bps) and fifth with a .297 ATK%...Adria Pryor is sixth with 10.09 aps (5th MAC only - 10.90 aps)...Jordan Kielty is ninth with 0.27 saps.

 

A LOOK AHEAD

Toledo will host Ball State on Thursday, Oct. 25 before visiting Akron on Saturday, Oct. 27 to close out the month of October. The Rockets will then host Northern Illinois (Nov. 2) and Western Michigan (Nov. 3) to wrap up their 2012 home campaign.