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  1. Despite the UB loss in the MAC Semi-Finals, 3–0 to Bowling Green (the eventual MAC Champion), Buffalo has been invited to play in the post-season NIVC tournament. Their first match will be at 4pm on Friday, December 2 at Boston College. https://ubbulls.com/news/2022/11/27/womens-volleyball-volleyball-earns-at-large-bid-for-national-invitational-volleyball-championship-tournament.aspx This is the first ever post-season appearance for UB Volleyball.
  2. Post game celebration photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/ClOSWS3OLlW/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
  3. For the first time in program history, the UB Volleyball team has advanced to the MAC Semi-Finals, with a 3-1 victory over #3 seed Ohio. This was Buffalo's 11th MAC win, a new program best. Buffalo will face Bowling Green on Monday at 7pm (ESPN+) at Worthen Arena at Ball State University. Bowling Green defeated the Bulls twice in the regular season, with Buffalo losing in 5 sets in the first match and Bowling Green pulling off a sweep in the second match. In the first set against Ohio, the Bulls fell behind 16-9, their offense struggling against the large Ohio blockers. But in volleyball, the front row players either rotate to the back row or rotate out, and now the Bulls had the advantage against the shorter Ohio blockers. Buffalo went on a 12-3 run, to take a 21-19 lead, the first three points of that run coming from sophomore outside hitter Katrin Trebichavská, who picked up a block and two kills. With Ohio's taller front line now back on the court, they tied the set at 22. Buffalo picked up 2 kills, from fifth year outside hitter Cali Assaley and senior middle blocker Courtney Okwara. After an Ohio point, UB's junior right side Emma Gielas scored a kill to end the set in Buffalo's favor, 25-23. The disparity of the size of the Ohio blockers was not lost on Buffalo coach Scott Smith, who switched his rotation for the remaining sets so that when Buffalo had three front row attackers, they were facing Ohio's shorter blockers. This didn't pay off in the 2nd set, which Buffalo lost 25-22, after trailing by 6 late. The Bulls hit oly 0.171 in the second set. But the rotation change seemed to help in the rest of the match. Buffalo never fell behind by more than 3 in the third set, which saw 17 ties. At 23-23, a kill by Okwara and then a diving overpass by Ohio which landed just wide, gave Buffalo the set. The final play was challenged by Ohio, and after a long review, the call was upheld (most likely there was not a good angle to see if the ball was in or not). Buffalo hit 0.279 in the 3rd set, UB's best of the match so far. Buffalo pulled ahead early in the 4th set 5-3, and maintained a 2 or 3 point lead for most of the set. Each time Ohio made a small run, the Bulls responded, and the Bulls were never tied or behind. At 18-16, Buffalo went on a 4 point run, the first three of those points coming on blocks or kills by Abby Leigh, the final point coming on an ace from Trebichavská. Ohio went on their own short run of 3 points, but Abby Leigh responded with a kill and then an ace to give Buffalo match point, 24-19. After two Ohio points, a quick set by sophomore setter Mandy Leigh to Okwara resulted in a kill to finish the match. The Bulls hit 0.375 for the set, their best in the match. Trebichavská led the team with 19 points on 14 kills, 4 aces and 2 blocks. Okwara had a team-high 16 kills, and made only 1 attack error, for a 0.556 hitting percentage. She added 3 blocks and finished with 18.5 points. Abby Leigh was not far behind, with 18 points, coming on 11 kills (just 1 attack error for a hitting percentage of 0.435), 2 aces and a team-high 7 blocks. Mandy Leigh had 51 assists. Trebichavská had 14 digs and sophomore libero Maria Futey had 12. Notes: When Trebichavská served, both Leigh's placed their hands behind their head, probably to protect themselves from the high velocity serves from Trebichavská. Mandy Leigh was named first team All-MAC, and Abby Leigh and Okwara were named second team all-MAC. This is the first time that Buffalo has had three all-MAC awards in a season. Play of the Match: Ohio's 6-4 middle blocker Caitlin O'Farrell had a two inch height advantage over any of the Bulls players, and made good use of that height advantage and picked up 14 kills during the mtach. With the Bulls leading 17-14 in the fourth set, O'Farrell ran an unusual play, a middle slide (I think the only time during the match she did this), but Abby Leigh was ready for it and Leigh came away with a monster solo block. This caused Ohio to take their final timeout.
  4. Senior setter Emma Puzausky Photo credit: Paige Miller Buffalo defeated Akron 3–0 on Senior Night, not allowing the Zips to score 20 points in any set, and in so doing, Buffalo earns the #6 seed into the MAC Tournament. Buffalo will play #3 Ohio on Sunday at Worthen Arena at Ball State University at 7pm (ESPN+). Buffalo split two five-set matches against Ohio. Buffalo finishes 10–8 on the season, and this is only the second time since UB joined the MAC that Buffalo has finished over 0.500 in a season. It also marks the second time in program history where Buffalo will play in the MAC Tournament "Round of 6", both times coming under head coach Scott Smith. And both times the Bulls reached the "Round of 6", the Bulls got off to a terrible start in the MAC, starting 1–5 in 2019 and 2–5 this year. Buffalo has never advanced to the MAC Semi-Finals. The Play of the Match™­ was when senior setter Emma Puzausky was announced as the starter for the Bulls. Puzausky hasn't played much during her 4 years at UB, but she is one of the most popular players on the team. She has started only 5 matches previously during her career, and on senior night she got her only start in Alumni Arena, as Smith switched to a two setter offense for the first time all year. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, when Puzausky appeared in a two setter offense, she usually had far fewer assists than the other setter, Scout McLerran. Against Akron on senior night, Puzausky had 17 assists, which was very close to Buffalo's "other" setter (and the normal starter), sophomore Mandy Leigh, who had 19 assists. And so with Buffalo running an offense they hadn't used all year, the Bulls hit 0.295, well above their their season average of 0.227. Buffalo's other seniors who will not be returning also got mucho playing time. Jenna Sonnenberg, from Niagara Wheatfield HS, has been a regular back row player for the Bulls during her four years, but saw only limited playing time this year. Against Akron, Sonnenberg started for the first time all season, played the entire match, and picked up 13 digs (a huge number for a defensive specialist in 3 sets), including a one-handed dig diving to her right to keep a rally going in the third set. Middle blocker Olivia DeBortoli, who has started occasionally and has been used as a sub occasionally this year, played the entire match and picked up 6 kills and zero attack errors, and led the team with 5 blocks. Fifth year outside hitter Cali Assaley has been a starter most of the year, and picked up 7 kills. Junior right side Emma Gielas led the team with 12 kills, and committed only one attack error. Senior middle blocker Abby Leigh had 7 kills and zero attack errors. Sophomore outside hitter Katrin Trebichavská had 7 kills, just 2 attack errors, plus 2 aces and a team high 18 digs. Sophomore libero Maria Futey had 17 digs, while Mandy Leigh had 14 digs. The eagle-eyed among you will notice that senior middle blockers Abby Leigh and Courtney Okwara, both were not honored on senior night, and are expected to return next year. Notes: Mandy Leigh entered the match averaging 10.60 assists per set, good for 29th in the NCAA. She recently moved into 9th place all time in assists on the UB career list. Her 2,212 assists in two years puts her on a pace that will put her in first place all-time for UB by the time her career ends. Her 10.19 assists per set also would be the Bulls all-time high if she keeps going at that pace. Trebichavská entered the match 11th in the NCAA at 0.54 assists per set. If she continues at this pace would make her by far the UB all-time leader in aces per set in the rally scoring era. Maria Futey watch: an outside hitter turned libero, Futey is averaging 4.58 digs per set since she took over the libero position, which would be fifth all-time for the Bulls (but since Futey played outside hitter early in the season, her actual full season average is lower). Akron libero Lauren Latka is so popular ... oh never mind, I have used that joke four times already. Buffalo needed a loss by Northern Illinois tonight to make the MAC Tournament. NIU lost to Western Michigan 3–2, giving Buffalo and NIU equal 10–8 records, and Buffalo advanced by tie-breakers. This season is just the 4th time that UB has finished at 0.500 or higher since joining the MAC, two of them coming under Scott Smith, and the other two coming under his predecessor Blair Brown Lipsitz. All four of the 0.500 or better seasons have come in the last six years.
  5. Also, the article at UBBulls.com indicates four seniors will be honored on Senior Night, meaning that seniors Abby Leigh and Courtney Okwara will likely return next year. Great news for next year!
  6. Other when I am typing at a computer, my fingers are crossed!!! I am still shocked that the UB RPI is 117, that seems extremely good for a team 9-8 in mid major conference.
  7. Looks like Wednesday night's VB match could still potentially put UB into the MAC Tournament. From the ubbulls.com website: "Currently, the Bulls are in seventh place in the MAC standings. The final spot for the MAC Tournament is up for grabs between Northern Illinois (17-10, 10-7 MAC) and the Bulls. Both teams split their season series in sweeping fashion. With a win over the Zips and a Northern Illinois loss, the Bulls will take the sixth and final spot of the MAC Tournament. Buffalo would win the tiebreaker on division win percentage. The Bulls would finish 7-3 in the MAC East as Northern Illinois would finish 6-4 in the MAC West."
  8. UNOFFICIAL, but I have been informed that the tie-breakers favor Northern Illinois and so Buffalo will not advance to the MAC tournament.
  9. The UB Volleyball team lost two late season matches to the MAC East Champion Bowling Green, greatly reducing their chances of reaching the MAC Tournament. With one match left, Buffalo has a 9–8 MAC record and needs a win and a loss by Northern Illinois to tie for 6th place, and then tie breakers would take over. The Bulls split two matches against the Huskies, and I haven't tried to compute the next tie breakers. In the first match, Buffalo took the first two sets in rather dominant fashion, hitting 0.267 while Bowling Green hit only 0.141. Junior right-side Emma Gielas had 7 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Katrin Trebichavská had 6 kills and 4 aces. But starting in set three, the Bulls offense came to a dead stop, hitting 0.022 in set 3 and 0.095 in set 4, bothered by the strong blocking of Bowling Green and superior back row defense, led by libero Yelianiz Torres (who finished with 36 digs). When the Bulls' attacks were in-bounds, they were usually dug by Bowling Green, and when the Bulls went around the BG blockers, the attack often went out of bounds. In the fifth set, Buffalo took a 9–8 lead on a kill from Trebichavská followed by an ace from Trebichavská. The Falcons then scored 4 of the next 5 points, to take a lead. The teams traded points until with BG leading 13–12, a kill by the Falcons' Lauryn Hovey (who led the match with 17 kills) and an attack error by Trebichavská gave the match to Bowling Green. Buffalo could only manage a 0.125 hitting percentage in the fifth set while Bowling Green hit 0.381. Trebichavská led the match with 25 points, including a career high 7 aces and a team high 16 kills. It was certainly the most overwhelming serving performance of the year for Trebichavská, who only had 2 service errors. The 7 aces is just one shy of the school record, and second most in the MAC this year (tied with teammate Abby Leigh). Trebichavská played two years at Bowling Green before transferring to Buffalo. Senior middle blocker Courtney Okwara had 14 kills and just 1 error and hit 0.433. Senior middle blocker Abby Leigh had 8 blocks. Sophomore libero Maria Futey had 25 digs. Sophomore setter Mandy Leigh had 51 assists. In the second match, Buffalo was swept 3–0, hitting only 0.175 for the match, while the Falcons hit 0.235. The Bulls made a late run in set 1, trailing 19–12, only to cut the BG lead to two at 21–19, but the Bulls would only score once more. In set 3, Buffalo led most of the way, and held a 22–19 lead, only to see Bowling Green assert themselves by scoring the next 6 points. Gielas led the team with 11 kills, while Trebichavská and Okwara each had 10, with Okwara hitting 0.400. Abby Leigh and Okwara each had 3 blocks. Mandy Leigh and Futey each had 14 digs. Mandy Leigh had 31 assists. Notes: Senior defensive specialist Jenna Sonnenberg made her first appearance on the court since October 7, taking the place in the rotation of junior defensive specialist Hayley Montoya. Montoya was unable to play and was in street clothes. She spent both matches on the bench wearing sun-glasses. Maria Futey watch: since she took over the libero position, she has averaged 4.53 digs per set, the most by a UB libero in almost a decade. In the second match, Futey had more digs that Bowling Green's Torres, who is 4th in the MAC in digs per set. Buffalo finishes the season on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 when they face Akron at Alumni Arena at 6pm (ESPN+). It's a must-win match for the Bulls if they are going to make the MAC tournament, plus they need some help with a Northern Illinois loss to Western Michigan (NIU defeate WMU 3–2 earlier in the season), and then some tie-breakers are needed.
  10. I think you might have missed the ChubbyHubby's humor
  11. You mean like Lexi McNabb? I think there are some NCAA regulations that now allow the teams to announce their signees. Other than that, I think you are right, it doesn't really mean much.
  12. The only way I can get the wifi at Alumni Arena to connect is to re-start my phone when I get there. I can't explain why that works. I will also say that this was not a problem at Koessler Athletic Center, and the wifi was faster there as well.
  13. You can win in the MAC without great big players, but you need good shooters, especially from behind the 3 point line. We didn't show that at all, our 3 point or even mid-range shooting wasn't there; the offense was mostly guards slashing into the paint and trying to score one-on-one. But yes, our big players Johnson, Salmons, Ogden were ineffective. Canisius controlled the paint.
  14. Its not clear to me if there are attitude issues or not. One thing I did see which I thought was unusual is that normally, when players are coming off the court (because they have been subbed out), they slap hands with all of the coaches and all of their teammates as they take their seat on the bench. At least twice, there was no hand-slap by Becky Burke nor one offered by the player. I'm going to keep watching this, and also I'm curious to see if Whitesell or UB opponent's head coaches does the same (and if anyone watches a Syracuse WBB game in person, I'd be curious if FLJ does this or not). Or it may be nothing. To tell you the truth, when it became clear months ago that almost the entire WBB roster was going to leave, I wrote off this season in my mind. In fact, that's typically what I do whenever a new coach comes new to the program, just as with Lance Leipold. So a poor W-L record this season for WBB would not be a surprise to me, nor would I be upset about it. Attitude issues, on the other hand, are a problem and I wouldn't be happy if there are actually some attitude issues.
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