ST. PAUL, MINN. - Dominic Yoder’s first two matches on the Northern Michigan University volleyball bench were not a successful debut today in St. Paul. The Wildcats are facing three teams this weekend who are ranked in the top 10 in the CSTV/AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.
NMU’s first match at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament was against the host school. CSP ranked sixth in the poll dropped the ‘Cats in four games (13-30, 17-30, 30-27, 19-30). The second match of the day saw the ‘Cats drop another four-game match to seventh-ranked Truman State (29-31, 25-30, 30-25, 14-30).
Katt Garvick led the ‘Cats with eight kills against CSP. Mandie Meyer added six in the loss. As a team the ‘Cats registered 34 kills for the match (.014 percent). Brittany McGowan and Rachel Martinez accounted for 28 of the 32 assists for the match. McGowan had 17 helpers while Martinez added 11. Meyer and Megan Elliott each had 12 digs. At the net Caryn VanBeckum led the way with five block assists.
In the second match, against Truman, the ‘Cats were led by Garvick and Meyer with 17 and 13 kills respectively. The team’s hitting percentage was a bit better with a .182 percent as the ‘Cats had 57 kills. McGowan with 25 assists and Martinez with 17 led NMU with the helpers. Defensively the ‘Cats had three players with over 10 digs for the match. Elliott led the way with 17 digs as Garvick and McGowan had 12 each. VanBeckum had one block solo and six block assists at the net.
“I thought that we had a good day. A couple of the kids stepped up,” said Yoder. “At times we played young and showed our age. We have an opportunity to do well this year.”
Tomorrow (Aug. 25) the ‘Cats face UM-Duluth (ranked second) in the team’s opening match of the day and then Barry University later in the day.
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