ST. PAUL, Minn. – Errors proved costly once again for the No. 25 ranked Northern Michigan volleyball team, as the ‘Cats dropped a four-set match to No. 2 ranked Central Missouri, 3-1.
NMU fell 25-23, 16-25, 17-25 and 15-25 in a match plagued by Wildcat attack and service errors.
The ‘Cats opened the match in impressive fashion taking a back and forth first set 25-23. The ‘Cats broke a 15-15 tie with an Ellen Lemos kill, assisted by Abby Lovell. NMU never looked back, taking the opening set by two points.
The second set was a different story for NMU, as the Jennies started on a 6-0 run before the ‘Cats broke through with an Ana Lopes kill, assisted by Abby Lovell. Central Missouri quickly regained the momentum and took the set 25-16.
Mistakes got the best of the ‘Cats as the match wore on, as NMU finished with 27 attack errors compared to just seven for Central Missouri.
The third and fourth sets were dominated by Central Missouri, with the Jennies holding commanding leads throughout, as the ‘Cats struggled to overcome the early deficits in both sets.
Sophomore Ana Lopes led the ‘Cats offensively with 18 kills, while senior Emma Wolfe added 14 kills. Junior Abby Lovell established the attack with 52 of the teams 54 assists.
Defensively, junior Kalin Zimmerman led the front with 20 digs.
The ‘Cats also struggled hitting with a .185 compared to the Jennies .387.
The Jennies were led Paula Harris with 15 kills. Bradye Peniston and Kelsey Ortwerth combined for 23 kills.
NMU concludes the Wildwood Lodge Volleyball Classic later tonight when it takes on host Concordia-St. Paul at 8:30 p.m. The four-time defending national champion Golden Bears have won 50 straight matches at home.
Fans can watch the game at: http://www.nmtvsports.com
Live stats will also be available at: http://www.cugoldenbears.com/LiveStats/index.html
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