MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team finished its spring season with wins over the Alumni team and Lake Superior State on Saturday in Vandament Arnea. The Wildcats finished 11-3.
“It was a very good spring season,” head coach Dominic Yoder said. “We’re seeing lots of depth in all positions. We need to develop stronger consistency and increased mature play but we know it will just take time.”
NMU defeated Division I teams Eastern Michigan and Green Bay along with Division II teams Minnesota-Duluth, Winona State and Division III opponent St. Scholastica. The ‘Cats defeated Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State, Saginaw Valley State and Oakland and Green Bay Alumni teams. Losses came to Oakland, Concordia and Minnesota-Duluth.
“We’re looking forward to a very competitive and exciting fall championship run.” Yoder added.
Sami Vierk led the spring squad in kills with 85. Lina Lopes had 78, Emma Wolfe 72 and Kalli Herron 67. Abby Lovell had 338 assists and Lopes had 100 digs. Vierk also led the team in service aces (13) and total blocks (28).
Lopes and Lovell were named co-most valuable players for the 2010 season at Saturday’s awards ceremony.
Lopes, a freshman outside hitter, was American Volleyball Coaches Association Midwest Freshman of the Year, GLIAC Freshman of the Year and All-GLIAC First Team. The Belo Horizonte, Brazil native also was on the NCAA Midwest All-Tournament Team and 2010 Wildcat Open All-Tournament Team. Lopes led the team in kills (330), digs (323) and service aces (50) during the regular season.
Lovell, a sophomore setter, was a first team All-GLIAC selection. The Leonard, Mich. native was also on the All-GLIAC Academic Team and the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover All-Tournament Team. She led the team in assists and was fourth in the GLIAC with 1,026 assists. Lovell also recorded 147 digs, 100 kills and 21 service aces.
Yoder signed one addition to the team next season. Jasmine Calhoun has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend NMU in the fall. Calhoun is a 6-foot-3 hitter from New Haven, Mich. She played at Kishwaukee Junior College last season.
NMU gets the 2011 season rolling with a scrimmage on Aug. 20. The ‘Cats open up competition at the Concordia Tournament during the first weekend of September.
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