UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team played its first conference match of the season Friday night at Saginaw Valley State. SVSU defeated the Wildcats in five sets (23-25, 25-13, 31-29, 23-25, 19-21) to win its fourth straight match over the ‘Cats dating back to last year. NMU falls to 4-5 overall on the season and 0-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Cardinals improve to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
As a team the ‘Cats hit the ball better than the Cardinals with a hitting percentage of .173 on 56 kills in 196 total attempts. The home team had a hitting percentage of .126 on 60 kills in 207 total attempts. Three ‘Cats had over 10 kills on the night. Mandie Meyer led the way with 15 kills as she was followed by Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy (14) and Katt Garvick (11).
Maddie Ogden had a match-high 45 assists to go with her 13 digs. NMU as a team recorded 14 service aces as Cassie Osiecki registered a new career high with eight. Garvick added three while Meyer had two service aces. Osiecki and Meyer were big for the ‘Cats on the defensive front with 23 and 17 digs respectively.
At the net the ‘Cats had four block solos and 17 block assists. Emma Wolfe with eight block assists and Katie Twardzik with four accounted for 12 of the block assists.
The ‘Cats continue with its two-match road swing on the weekend with a stop in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. to take on the Lake Superior State Lakers Saturday afternoon (Sept. 12).
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