GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Dominic Yoder picked up his first win as the Northern Michigan University head volleyball coach on Friday night at the North Dakota Fall Tourney. In the Wildcats second match of the day the team defeated North Dakota in five games (30-21, 29-31, 26-30, 30-19, 15-13). Earlier in the day the ‘Cats lost to MSU-Moorhead in three games (22-30, 24-30, 29-31). NMU is now 1-5 on the season.
Caryn VanBeckum led the ‘Cats against Moorhead with 10 kills and four block assists. Katie Twardzik also had 10 kills. For the match the ‘Cats recorded 38 kills in 129 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .016. Brittany McGowan had 31 of the 33 assists for the match. Cassie Osiecki recorded two service aces to go along with her match-high 18 digs.
Against the home team in the second match of the day for NMU, the team won the first game before dropping the next two and then winning the final two games to take the match. “It feels good to get the first win and the monkey off the back. The win is good for the players as they got rewarded for their hard work,” said Yoder. “The blocking was important for the defense.”
Katt Garvick stepped up big for the ‘Cats against the Fighting Sioux as she had a match-high 25 kills. Two other players recorded double-digit kills. VanBeckum had 16 kills while Breanne Zaremba contributed 15. NMU recorded 68 kills in 183 attempts for a hitting percentage of .191. McGowan had a match-high 57 assists to go along with her 11 digs. Zaremba added four service aces and 13 digs. Osiecki led the ‘Cats with 22 digs which was also a match high. At the net the ‘Cats were led by Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy with one block solo and eight block assists. For the match the ‘Cats had 20 block assists.
NMU will face Chadron State and UM-Crookston at the North Dakota Fall Tourney on Saturday.
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