MARQUETTE, Mich. – It looked like the Northern Michigan University women’s volleyball team would have an easy time with the University of Findlay Oilers Friday evening at Vandament Arena. But the Oilers gave the Wildcats all it could handle. NMU took the first two sets (25-21, 25-13) before the Oilers took the third set (21-25). In the fourth set the ‘Cats built a 19-15 lead and took the set 25-16 to win the match.
The win snapped a two-match skid by the ‘Cats. NMU improves to 7-7 overall on the season and 3-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. Findlay falls to 3-10 and 1-5 respectively.
Mandie Meyer led NMU on the night with 13 kills in 50 total attempts. As a team the ‘Cats had 36 kills in 134 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .082. Sami Vierk added nine kills in the win. The Oilers recorded 27 kills in 122 total attempts for a hitting percentage of -.041.
NMU had two sets where its side out percentage was over 60 percent. In the ‘Cats second set the squad was 9-13 for 69 percent. The fourth set saw the ‘Cats with a side out percentage of 62 percent (10-16).
Meyer also added seven service aces, 14 digs and two total blocks (block solo and block assist). As a team NMU had 13 service aces. Katt Garvick added three service aces. Abby Lovell dished the rock for a match-high 28 assists. Cassie Osiecki, the NMU career leader in digs, added to her total with a match-high 22 digs.
At the net the ‘Cats had three block solos and six block assists. Three different ‘Cats registered a block solo (Meyer, Vierk and Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy). Vierk led the team with two block assists.
NMU will face Hillsdale College Saturday afternoon (Sept. 26) at 2 p.m. in its next match.
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