The University of Akron nearly pulled off an upset over rival Kent State to earn its first Mid-American Conference volleyball win of the season, but the Golden Flashes pulled it out in five sets.
The Golden Flashes (12-13, 6-6) took the first and the third sets with the Zips taking sets two and four. The Golden Flashes won the tiebreaker set 15-7.
Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola of Kent State had a match-high 15 kills.
Alex Wiederholt led Akron with 13 kills.
Kaylee Koller of Kent State had a match-high 30 digs.
Jill Paluch led the Zips (6-17, 0-12) with 22 digs.
The University of Akron men’s team earned its best finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday with a second-place showing.
Senior Brad Hough paced the Zips by finishing 10th with a time of 25 minutes, 15.24 seconds in the 8,000-meter race.
The women finished eighth, led by Kayla Whitlow who finished 23rd in 22:04.76 in the 6,000-meter race.
Kent State’s men’s team placed seventh and the women’s team was tenth.
Matt Kahl led the men with a time of 25:15.15, good for ninth. Rachel Slingluff led the women’s team with a 35th-place finish in 22:30.81.
The University of Akron women’s team had a strong showing in an exhibition game at James A. Rhodes Arena against Lake Erie in a 97-48 win.
Hannah Luburgh led all scorers with 22 points and Rachel Tecca (Archbishop Hoban) had 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Zips open the regular season Friday when they host Florida Atlantic.