September 5, 2009
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The second day of the Triton Invitational being held at UC-San Diego did not go well for the Northern Michigan University volleyball team. NMU dropped both its matches on the day. The Wildcats lost to Cal State-LA 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 22-25) and to Cal State-San Bernardino 3-1 (23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25) in the second match of the day. NMU leaves the West Coast with a 4-4 overall record.
Against Cal State-LA the ‘Cats had two players with 10 or more kills for the match. Mandie Meyer led the way with 13 kills as teammate Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy added 11. NMU had a little bit better hitting percentage than its opponent at .248 to .219. NMU had 49 kills in 145 total attempts. Abby Lovell had 36 assists to pace the ‘Cats. Meyer added four service aces and nine digs for the match. As a team the ‘Cats had nine service aces. Cassie Osiecki on the defensive front had a team-high 15 digs. Emma Wolfe at the net added three block solos and two block assists.
In the night cap the ‘Cats were led Meyer’s 16 kills while teammate Andersen-Goldsworthy added 10. For the match the ‘Cats had 43 kills in 132 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .152. Lovell again led the ‘Cats with 38 assists. NMU had eight total service aces for the match. Becca Feuerherd led the way with three service aces, while Meyer and Andersen-Goldsworthy added two each. Osiecki had a match-high 20 digs while Feuerherd added 10. Four players had two block assists each to pace the ‘Cats. Lovell, Meyer, Wolfe and Andersen-Goldsworthy had all the block assists.
NMU will now jump into conference play with two matches next week. The ‘Cats face on the road Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 11) and Lake Superior State (Sept. 12).
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