MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team playing at home for the first time in almost a month jumped out of the gate quick by taking the first two sets (25-22, 25-22) before the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals came back to take sets three and four (18-25, 14-25). That set up a fifth and deciding set in which the Wildcats prevailed (15-9).
With the win the ‘Cats have now won three in a row and nine of its past 10 matches. NMU improves to 15-8 overall and 9-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. NMU is currently in a first-place tie with Grand Valley State for the top spot in the GLIAC North. The Cardinals fall to 15-8 and 8-4 respectively.
The first two sets the ‘Cats had a side out percentage of 61 (13-21) and 69 (16-23) percent respectively. In the two sets they lost the squad was at 37 (9-24) and 43 (11-25) percent respectively. In the fifth and deciding set the ‘Cats were 7-10 for 69 percent in side outs.
Emma Wolfe and Katt Garvick led the ‘Cats with 15 and 13 kills respectively. As a team, NMU recorded 57 kills in 181 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .155. Saginaw Valley State had 51 kills in 157 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .217.
Maddie Ogden had a match-high 44 assists and six digs. Cassie Osiecki was busy as she recorded three service aces out of nine the team had plus she added a match-high 29 digs. Mandie Meyer added 17 digs while teammate Becca Feuerherd had 14. Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy at the net had a block solo and a block assist.
NMU will be back in action tomorrow afternoon (Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.) against the Lakers of Lake Superior State.
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