MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Mercyhurst College Lakers made a run in the third and fourth game but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated 3-1 by the Northern Michigan University Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 21 at Vandament Arena. The Wildcats are 9-7 overall and 3-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while the Lakers fall to 12-4 overall and 0-3 in the Conference. The Wildcats have won three straight matches as they defeated Ferris State on Sept. 16 and Michigan Tech on Sept. 19.
The Wildcats won game one, 30-23, with an attack percentage of .382 in comparison to .219 by the Lakers. The ‘Cats won game two, 30-25, while they had just 10 kills in comparison to 17 by the Lakers. In the third game the ‘Cats had 16 kills while the Lakers had 11 and the Lakers won 30-27. In the fourth, and final game of the match, there were 8 lead changes before the ‘Cats beat the Lakers 35-33. The Lakers downed 21 kills in game four in comparison to 16 by the ‘Cats.
The Wildcat offense was lead by Mandi Meyer and Caryn VanBeckum. Meyer had 19 kills on 46 attempts (.196) while VanBeckum downed 14 kills on 31 attempts (.355). Senior setter Brittany McGowan had 47 assists for the ‘Cats.
Leading the ‘Cats on the defensive front were Breanne Zaremba, Cassie Osiecki and Caryn VanBeckum. Zaremba had 12 digs in four games played while Osiecki had 14. VanBeckum had a match high 6 block assists.
The Lakers were led by Jenna Mason and Lauren Kubinski with 18 and 21 kills, respectively. Julia Butler had 54 assists in the Lakers effort.
The Wildcats will host the Gannon Knights on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. The match is designated as “Take A Kid To The Game Day” and all kids 8th grade and younger get free admission. There will be a Mainstreet Pizza serving contest and giveaways during the match as well.
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