MARQUETTE, Mich. – The NMU volleyball team (13-0, 9-0 GLIAC) took on U.P. rival Michigan Tech (2-12, 1-9 GLIAC) Friday night from a full Vandament Arena. The Wildcats were down early but battled back to win the match 3-1 (21-25, 24-14, 25-11).
Much like last Tuesday up in Houghton, the Huskies came out firing to take game one 21-25. They took the lead at 4-1 and NMU Head Coach Dominic Yoder had to burn a couple timeouts. The Wildcats battled and closed the gap at 19-20 but the Huskies prevailed.
”We gave them six points in the first set. And three return errors. You can’t win with nine errors.” Coach Yoder said.
The Wildcats fought back to win set number two 25-14. Katie Twardzik showed some senior leadership when she had a block and a kill to break the 9-9 tie. The Wildcats never looked back from that point as Kelli Herron had three kills late to put the set away.
Much like last weekend, the Wildcats came out with something to prove in the fourth set. Emma Wolfe had three kills in the set to put the match in the Wildcats favor.
Becca Feuerherd was out for tonight’s game and coach Yoder thought her presence was missed. “One of our best service return player was out tonight and we had a lot of return errors. We had to make adjustments.”
The Wildcats had 24 blocks. Kalli Herron had eight herself.
Sami Vierk led the Wildcats with 14 kills. Kalli Herron and Emma Wolfe had 10 kills and Ana Lopes at nine. Setter Abby Lovell recorded 48 assists. Kristin Wetzel had 13 digs and Ana Lopes had 12.
Yoder expressed his feelings about starting slow, “We need to start stronger in the first set. It’s something that we’ve been working on in practice but it needs to get better.”
Up next for the #16 undefeated NMU Wildcats is a four game road trip starting at Tiffin (Oct. 8).
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