Bulls Sweep Kent State To Open MAC Play 2-0 For First Time Since 2014

Andrea Mitrovic

BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference for the first time since 2014 with a 3-0 sweep of Kent State, Saturday evening at Alumni Arena.

The Bulls took the contest 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 as they outhit the Golden Flashes, .309 to .250. UB's first set troubles did not hinder them tonight as it scored the first five points of the match. Despite the big lead, Kent State made a run in the first set, taking a 21-20 advantage.  However, with the set tied at 22-22, UB rattled off the final three points, capped off on a kill from Andrea Mitrovic.

UB dominated its way through the second set, hitting .545 with 13 kills and just one error all set.  A service ace from junior Megan Wernette put the Bulls ahead 20-13 and a block from Polina Prokudina and Cassie Shado clinched the set 25-16, give UB the 2-0 lead.

Buffalo rolled through the third set as well, but it had to hold on late as Kent State made one final charge.  With UB leading 24-18, Kent State scored five straight points before a kill from Shado put an end to the set and the match.

Shado led the Bulls with 15 kills and just two errors as she hit .481.  Mitrovic finished with 13 kills and just two errors as she hit .524.  Prokudina added seven kills, while Wernette had five kills.

Sophomore Scout McLerran recorded 34 assists and four kills.

Defensively, junior Larra Bickelhaupt led Buffalo with 13 digs as Prokudina and Hannah Watson each finished with seven.  UB had 6.0 total blocks, led by three from Wernette.  Five different Buffalo players recorded blocks on the night.

UB will conclude its three-match homestand to open conference play on Thursday night when it hosts Akron at 7pm.  The match will air live on ESPN3.