October 3, 2009
'Cats Stumble In First Set, But Take Match
ASHLAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s volleyball team dropped the first set (19-25) Saturday afternoon to the Ashland Eagles, but then stormed back to take the next three (25-19, 25-19, 25-15) for a four-set win. NMU won both its matches on its weekend swing through Ohio with the win last night over Tiffin. The Wildcats have now won its past four matches in a row and improve to 10-7 overall on the season and 6-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. Ashland falls to 8-9 and 4-5 respectively.
Three players had 10 or more kills for the match. Mandie Meyer recorded a match-high 17 kills while Emma Wolfe added 12 and Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy contributed 11. As a unit the ‘Cats had 51 in 152 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .171. In the three sets in which NMU won its side out percentage was over 60 percent in each set. NMU was 17-20 in the second set for a side out percentage of 85 percent; the third set the ‘Cats had a side out percentage of 73 percent (14-19) while the fourth set was 10-16 for 62 percent.
Maddie Ogden assisted on 40 kills. She also had eight digs, a block solo and three block assists. Cassie Osiecki registered three service aces and 24 digs. Three other ‘Cats had 10 or more digs as Rachel Green added 18, Meyer chipped in with 16 and Becca Feuerhered had 12.
NMU tallied two block solos and 14 block assists for the match. Andersen-Goldsworthy had the other block solo and also added four block assists. Wolfe and Ogden each added three block assists.
The ‘Cats stay on the road next week with matches at Wayne State (Oct. 9) and Northwood (Oct. 10).
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