MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team was looking for the weekend split Saturday against the Ferris State Bulldogs. Grand Valley State defeated NMU Friday night in four sets. NMU did take the Bulldogs to five sets, but it was not enough as the visitors pulled out the win (25-18, 21-25, 18-25, 25-12, 6-15). NMU is now 1-2 in matches this season which have gone to the limit. The Wildcats fall to 6-7 overall on the season and 2-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. Ferris improves to 11-4 and 4-1 respectively.
NMU’s win in the first set was capped off by a hitting percentage of .240 as the ‘Cats had 11 kills in 25 total attempts. The side out percentage in the first set was 63 percent (12-19). In the fourth set the ‘Cats had a hitting percentage of .308 on 12 kills in 26 total attempts with a 75 percent side out percentage. For the match the ‘Cats had 45 kills in 144 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .118. Ferris had a hitting percentage of .203 on 50 kills in 138 total attempts.
Mandie Meyer was the lone ‘Cat to crack 10 kills or more for the match. She ended the day with 13 out of 42 total attempts. Maddie Ogden passed for 30 assists for the afternoon. Service aces were again impressive for the ‘Cats as they recorded nine as a team. Katt Garvick and Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy had six of the nine with three each.
Cassie Osiecki, Meyer and Ogden led the team on the defensive front with 14, 12 and 11 digs respectively. NMU did not record a block solo for the match, but had eight block assists. Andersen-Goldsworthy had three block assists while Ogden added two.
NMU stays at home next week with two matches on the schedule. Friday (Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.) the ‘Cats take on the Findlay Oilers then Saturday (Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.) the Hillsdale Chargers visit Vandament Arena.
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