Volleyball moves on

By Danielle Brown

Weekend matches to determine MAC tournament seed

DeKALB | The Huskies (21-5, 10-1 Mid-American Conference) will close out their regular season this weekend against Toledo and Ball State after winning their third straight MAC West Division title and sixth Division title since rejoining the MAC in 1997.

Head Coach Ray Gooden was satisfied with the team’s effort and intensity in last weekend’s games when it added two more wins to their record this past weekend against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. He thought the team dealt with the distractions against a tough Central Michigan team well.

“[Central Michigan] played really hard, and they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future,” Gooden said. “I just think we had a lot of emotion with everything that was going on, but I thought it was good for us to settle down and [come away with the win].”

This past week, senior middle blocker Jenna Radtke was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team in blocking with two blocks per set, making it her third defensive award of the season and her fifth award overall on the year. Radtke’s success has helped the Huskies to lead the MAC in hitting percentage with .263 and blocks with almost three per set.

As the regular season comes to an end, these two weekend matches will determine what seed the Huskies will be placed in for the upcoming MAC tournament on Nov. 17 at Victor E. Court.

The Huskies next game will begin at 6 p.m. Friday against Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Afterwards, the Huskies will take on Ball State at 6 p.m. on Saturday night in Muncie, Indiana, to close out the successful regular season.