OMAHA, Neb. – For the second day in a row the Northern Michigan University volleyball team split its matches at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Invitational. The Wildcats leave Omaha with a 2-2 slate as they lost to Emporia State in their first action of the day in four sets (14-25, 23-25, 25-23,16-25) then picked up a three-set win over Minnesota-Crookston (25-23, 25-16, 25-23).
Three ‘Cats had 10 or more kills against Emporia State. Leading the way was Mandie Meyer with 15 kills as she was followed by Katt Garvick (14) and Emma Wolfe (11). As a team NMU had 50 kills. Madeline Ogden kept up her pace in assists with 42. Breanne Zaremba was the only ‘Cat with double-digits digs as she ended the match with `12. Garvick was involved on five blocks. She had a block solo and four block assists.
Against Minnesota-Crookston four ‘Cats led the way in the kills column. Meyer had 13 as Daniela Bezerra and Wolfe added 12 each and Garvick had 10. NMU had a hitting percentage of .312 on the strength of 53 kills in 112 total attempts. Ogden had 45 of the 49 assists for the match. On the defensive front, Cassie Osiecki and Meyer recorded 13 and 11 digs respectively. NMU did not tally a block solo, but had eight block assists. Ogden, Meyer, Wolfe and Garvick had two block assists each.
NMU will stay on the road next weekend at the Flyer Festival which is being held at Lewis University. The ‘Cats will face Wisconsin-Parkside, Winona State and St. Joseph’s on Friday (Sept. 5). Saturday (Sept. 6) the ‘Cats face Indianapolis and Nova Southeastern.
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