MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team, ranked 15th in the nation, playing its third match in three days faced the Grand Valley State Lakers Sunday afternoon at Vandament Arena. Grand Valley State took the first set (15-25) before the Wildcats came back to even the match by taking the second set (28-26).
The Lakers took sets three (16-25) and four (20-25) to capture the match and give NMU its first loss at home for the 2010 season. NMU ends the regular season with an 11-1 home slate. Katie Twardzik was playing her final regular season match at Vandament Arena Sunday afternoon.
The ‘Cats drop to 19-2 overall on the season and 13-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Grand Valley State improves to 16-5 and 12-2 GLIAC.
Ana Lopes and Sami Vierk led the ‘Cats with 13 and 12 kills respectively. NMU recorded 58 team kills in 176 total attempts (.114). Abby Lovell had 50 of the 55 assists for the ‘Cats. On the defensive front three ‘Cats recorded over 10 digs for the match. Leading the way was Kristin Wetzel with 19 as she was followed by Becca Feuerherd with 18 and Lopes chipped in with 15.
NMU tallied two block solos and two block assists for the afternoon. Kalli Herron had a block solo and a block assist. The ‘Cats recorded three service aces as three ‘Cats had one each (Wetzel, Herron and Emma Wolfe).
The ‘Cats will be on the road for the final two weeks of the regular season. This coming week the team is at Northwood (Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.) and Lake Superior State (Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.).
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