August 27, 2009
MARQUETTE, Mich. – It took the Northern Michigan University volleyball team a little bit to get moving Thursday night in the season-opener at Vandament Arena. Playing in the first match of the Wildcat Open the Wildcats dropped the first set (22-25) before taking the next three (25-14, 26-24, 25-23).
For the match the ‘Cats had 62 kills in 164 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .213. Leading the way for NMU on the night was Mandie Meyer with 25 kills. She ended the match with a hitting percentage of .268 with 56 total attempts. Katt Garvick added 16 kills in the win. UW-Parkside ended the match with a hitting percentage of .235 on 43 kills in 115 total attempts.
Newcomer Abby Lovell had a match-high 46 assists in her Wildcat debut. She also had eight digs. Cassie Osiecki was NMU’s leader on defense with 13 digs. Meyer chipped in with 10 digs of her own. At the net the ‘Cats had six total blocks as two were solos and four were assists. UW-Parkside controlled the net with 21 total blocks (three solos and 18 assists).
For the match the ‘Cats had 10 service aces as Emma Wolfe had a team-high five, while Becca Feuerherd added three and Meyer two.
NMU will face St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 28) and Winona State at 7 p.m. in the second day of action at the Wildcat Open.
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