ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team was tested once again at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament on Saturday. The Wildcats faced the second-ranked team in the nation (UM-Duluth) in its first match of the day and lost in three (9-30, 11-30, 19-30). The second match of the day against Barry University saw NMU drop a five-game match (22-30, 29-31, 30-27, 30-26, 16-18). After the Barry match Dominic Yoder said his young team played hard and aggressive. “This is something to build on,” said Yoder.
Against the Bulldogs the ‘Cats had 23 kills in 103 total attempts (-.010 percent). Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy and Caryn VanBeckum combined for 13 of the kills. Andersen-Goldsworthy had a team-high eight while VanBeckum tallied five. Brittany McGowan had 17 assists. Megan Elliott was the lone NMU player in double-figures in the dig column as she had 10.
In the ‘Cats night match against Barry, five players had 10 or more kills. As a team the ‘Cats had 75 kills in 228 attempts for a hitting percentage of .206. Katt Garvick had a team-high 18 while Andersen-Goldsworthy was next with 16. Mandie Meyer recorded 13 kills, VanBeckum 11 and Katie Twardzik 10. McGowan had 61 of the 70 assists against Barry. Five of the 12 players had 10 or more digs for the match. Elliott led the way with 18 while Meyer added 17. Andersen-Goldsworthy at the net contributed two block solos and three block assists. Twardzik and VanBeckum each had five block assists.
NMU will play at the North Dakota Fall Tournament next week (Aug. 31-Sept.1). Friday NMU will face MSU-Moorhead and North Dakota. On the second day, the ‘Cats will hit the court against Chadron State and UM-Crookston.
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