MARQUETTE, Mich. –The Northern Michigan University football team will open up the home portion of its schedule this week. Also at home the NMU soccer team faces a non-conference and a conference foe. Volleyball hits the road to begin conference play. Golf swings into action for its season while cross country hits the trails on the other end of the U.P.
The week kicks off with the NMU Wildcat Club “Meet the Coaches” at the Downtown Marquette Commons Thursday, Sept. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Club members will have the opportunity to meet the head coaches of all 13 Northern Michigan University athletic teams. The evening will have live music and interviews by The Point (100.3 FM). Refreshments and hotdogs will be served as well. The event is sponsored by the Point and Econo Foods.
Saturday (Sept. 11) before the football game against the Findlay Oilers in front of the Superior Dome will be the Fall Sports Kickoff from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Join the event for food, fun, entertainment and Wildcat football.
Activities include inflatable games, kid’s games, dunk tanks and minute to win it competition. Commemorative photos will be available during the event. Also on hand will be NMU student organizations, NMU sport clubs, Wildcat Willy and the NMU marching band.
Fans can purchase event wristbands for $3 per person. The wristbands will cover admission to the Fall Sports Kickoff and the football game. Wristbands can be purchased in advance at the Superior Dome EZ Ticket Office and will be on sale prior to and during the Fall Sports Kickoff.
Football (0-1, 0-0 GLIAC) will look to get back on the winning side of things as they open up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play against the Findlay Oilers. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The ‘Cats are coming off a heart breaking loss to MSU-Mankato Thursday night (7-6).
Volleyball (4-0, 0-0 GLIAC) received votes this week in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 as the squad hits the road for three matches against GLIAC foes. The ‘Cats are coming off a 4-0 weekend at the Superior Oasis Wildcat Open. NMU defeated Wisconsin-Parkside, Winona State, Minnesota-Crookston and American International. The journey begins for the volleyball squad with a match at Ferris State (Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.), then it is on to Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.) and to wrap-up the weekend the ‘Cats are at Grand Valley State (Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.).
Soccer (0-0-1, 0-0-0 GLIAC) has a busy week. The squad will play three games in a span of five days. First on the schedule is a date at Michigan Tech, Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. This is the first time the two schools have met in a varsity soccer match. After a day off the ‘Cats host non-conference foe Minnesota-Duluth Friday afternoon (Sept. 10) at 4 p.m. To finish off the week the ‘Cats are back in conference play against Ohio Dominican Sunday afternoon (Sept. 12) at 1 p.m.
Cross country after opening its season last week at Michigan Tech for the U.P. Collegiate Opener travels to the other side of the U.P. to run at the Lake Superior State Invite Saturday, Sept. 11. Golf opens up its 2010-11 season also in the Soo at the Lake Superior State Invite Sept. 11-12.
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