BOULDER, Colo. – West Michigan senior outside hitter Maggie King recorded his 1,000th career kill in the opening set and led the way with 11 kills as the Broncos swept Green Bay 3-0 on Saturday at the Buffs Invitational.
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 3, Green Bay 0
LOCATION: CU Event Center (Boulder, Colorado)
RECORDS: West Michigan (2-1) | Green Bay (1-2)
King becomes the 24th Bronco to record 1,000 career wins, and the first since Rachel Bontrager (2017-20) eclipsed the 1,000 mark in 2019.
Joining King in double digits was a freshman Amanda Glantonwho had a career-high 10 kills with a .571 hit percentage. Logan briefcase recorded her first double-double of the season for the Broncos, as she dished out 41 assists and posted 11 digs. Andelyn Simkins paced WMU with 13 digs for the afternoon, while Glanton tallied four blocks, a team high.
After the game, King and Case were both named to the Buffs’ All-Tournament Invitational Team after helping Western Michigan go 2-1 for the weekend. King recorded a double-double (13 kills, 13 digs) in Friday’s win over Denver and had double-digit kills in each of WMU’s three contests. For the weekend, she totaled 36 kills, averaging 3.27/set. The senior had 22 digs (2.00/set) and also added seven service aces (0.64/set). Case dished out over 40 assists in all three competitions and racked up a total of 131 assists (11.91/set) for the weekend. The junior also threw 27 digs (2.45/set).
In the first frame, madison merz landed a kill to tie the score at 11-11 and started a 9-2 push that put Western Michigan ahead, 19-13. The Phoenix notched four straight points to cut the margin to 23-21, but an ace kill and a serve from King sealed the opening set for the Broncos.
After a 4-0 run at WMU erased an early Green Bay lead and tied the score at 8-8, neither side could create more than two split points until the end of the second set . With the frame deadlocked at 18-18, Western Michigan secured back-to-back wins from Glanton, Case and King, which sparked a 7-2 run to close the set and give the Broncos a 1-0 advantage. 2-0 in the game.
The Broncos and Phoenix also went back and forth for much of the third set, with a total of seven draws in the frame. With Green Bay leading 15-13, Western Michigan snatched seven straight points and nine of the next 10 to grab a 22-16 advantage and put the contest aside.
Western Michigan returns home Friday night for its home opener against Wright State. The first service is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the University Arena.