MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team dropped its first match of the season to the University of Minnesota-Duluth Saturday night in the finale of the Wildcat Open. Entering the tournament the Bulldogs were ranked seventh in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll. NMU lost the match to UMD in three straight (16-25, 16-25, 21-25). The Wildcats drop to 3-1 on the season. The Bulldogs are also 3-1 early in the 2009 campaign.
NMU had a brief lead in the first set before the Bulldogs tied it up at 13-all and then went on to win the set. UM-Duluth then took the next two sets. Mandie Meyer was the lone ‘Cat on the night with 10 or more kills. She ended the match with 10 kills exactly. As a team, NMU had 28 kills in 95 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .116. On the other side of the box score the Bulldogs had 44 kills in 87 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .368. Alyssa Nelson and Anna Zyvolski each had 12 kills on the night for UM-Duluth.
Abby Lovell recorded 23 assists for the match. Meyer added two service aces and seven digs. Cassie Osiecki had a team-leading nine digs. At the net the ‘Cats only registered one block solo and eight block assists. Four ‘Cats had two block assists each (Katie Twardzik, Katt Garvick, Sami Vierk and Emma Wolfe).
NMU hits the road next week as they travel to the West Coast to take part in the Triton Invitational which is being hosted by UC-San Diego. The ‘Cats face Cal State-Dominguez Hills and UC-San Diego Friday (Sept. 4). Saturday (Sept. 5) NMU faces Cal State-L.A. and Cal State-San Bernardino.
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