MIDLAND, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s volleyball team needed four sets to defeat the Timberwolves of Northwood University Wednesday night in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Volleyball Tournament quarterfinals. NMU only dropped the second set in the win (25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22). The Wildcats now advance in the tournament which will be held on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 15-16), the semifinals and finals, at the highest remaining seed. NMU is currently 20-10 on the season. Northwood ends its season at 16-13.
The one-two punch of Caryn VanBeckum with 14 kills and Mandie Meyer with 10 led the ‘Cats on the night. VanBeckum had 37 total attempts and only two errors for the match with a hitting percentage of .324. The ‘Cats as a team had 52 kills in 140 total attempts for a .243 hitting percentage.
NMU was hot with the serve as the ‘Cats recorded 16 service aces. Katt Garvick had a team-high five service aces while Meyer and Cassie Osiecki had three each. Osiecki also had a match-high 18 digs on the defensive end. Three other ‘Cats had 10 or more digs on the night. Rachel Green (12), Meyer (11) and Breanne Zaremba (10) were next in line for NMU. Green led the ‘Cats with 46 assists on the night.
At the net the ‘Cats did not have a block solo, but had eight block assists. Garvick, VanBeckum and Emma Wolfe had two block assists each.
In other GLIAC action tonight: Wayne State defeated Hillsdale (3-1); Saginaw Valley blanked Michigan Tech (3-0); and Grand Valley downed Ferris State (3-1).
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