ALLENDALE, Mich. – Saturday afternoon the Northern Michigan University women’s volleyball team had Grand Valley State on the ropes. NMU took the first two sets against the Lakers by scores of 25-21 and 25-20. The Lakers came back to win the next three sets (20-25, 24-26, 8-15) to take the five-set match. With the loss NMU drops to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers improve to 12-2 and 5-0 respectively.
The first set saw the Wildcats with a sideout percentage of 71 percent. NMU registered a hitting percentage of .333 percent on 17 kills with just three errors in 42 total attempts. The second set’s sideout percentage was 66 percent. The ‘Cats did cool off a bit in the hitting percentage department to .143 percent. NMU had 10 kills in 35 total attempts with five errors.
The third through fifth sets the ‘Cats sideout percentages were 40 percent, 60 percent and 42 percent. NMU’s hitting percent in the same sets were .043 percent, .103 percent and .042 percent. For the match the ‘Cats hitting percentage was .140 percent. NMU had 52 kills in 185 total attempts with 26 errors.
Caryn VanBeckum and Mandie Meyer were the only two ‘Cats with 10 or more kills for the match. VanBeckum led the way with 17 kills while Meyer added 13. Rachel Green had 42 assists and two service aces for the match.
The ‘Cats were busy on the defensive end as five players had 10 or more digs for the afternoon. Cassie Osiecki led the way with 23 digs as she was followed by Meyer (16), Breanne Zaremba (13), Daniela Bezerra (11) and Green (10).
At the net the ‘Cats had three block solos and eight block assists. VanBeckum had all three block solos and a block assist. Katt Garvick, Bezerra, and Emma Wolfe each had two block assists.
NMU will be on the road for its next two matches. Next week the ‘Cats are at Hillsdale (Sept. 26) and Findlay (Sept. 27).
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