HILLSDALE, Mich. – No. 21 Northern Michigan (22-6) and No. 13 Grand Valley (23-5) both defeated each other on its home court during the regular season. What would happen when the faced off on a neutral court in the GLIAC tournament? The Wildcats started slow and couldn’t recover enough to win as they lost to the Lakers for the second time this season. The Lakers won the GLIAC tournament semifinal (3-1) from Hillsdale College.
The Lakers took set one 25-16, leading most of the set. The Wildcats and Lakers battled long in the second set with 18 ties and 9 lead changes before the Lakers took the last two points to win (29-27) before break. The Wildcats were able to win set three (25-23) before the Lakers closed out set four in dominating fashion (25-15) to take the match.
Emma Wolfe led the ‘Cats with 17 kills, hitting an attack percentage of .371. Ana Lopes had 13 kills and 12 digs. Abby Lovell had 43 assists and 10 digs. Kristin Wetzel had 22 digs. Catherine Waybright chipped in 12 digs and Kalli Herron had four block assists.
Grand Valley had 16 blocks and 10 service aces compared to NMU six blocks and two aces. NMU did record more kills (49-42) but also had 38 errors compared to Grand Valley’s 22 and only hit a .066 attact percentage compared to .141 from the Lakers.
Grand Valley moves on to the GLIAC championship against Hillsdale Sunday (Nov. 14) at 4 p.m.
NMU will wait to hear NCAA selections. The Wildcats should have a great opportunity to make the NCAA for the third year in a row. The selection show will take place Sunday (Nov. 14) at 10 p.m. A webcast will be available on NCAA.com.
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