MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan volleyball team gets back on the road this weekend for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference matches in Ohio.
This weekend marks the first of three straight weekend road trips. The ‘Cats will not make an appearance in Vandament Arena until Oct. 4 when they take on Minnesota-Duluth.
“The travel over the next few weeks will be a bit of an adjust for our freshmen but it will be a good experience,” head coach Dominic Yoder said.
NMU enters weekend play at 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the GLIAC. The ‘Cats dropped a four-set match to Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 9) before capturing a pair of five-set matches over Grand Valley State and Ferris State to finish the weekend.
The ‘Cats first travel to Ashland, Ohio to take on the Ashland Eagles on Friday (Sept. 16) at 7 p.m. The Eagles are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the GLIAC. Ashland comes in after a pair of victories a weekend ago over Wayne State and Findlay. The Eagles are led by Brittany Snider, who is hitting .119 with 68 kills on the season.
“Ashland was the preseason second-place team in the south division, so it will be a big test for us,” Yoder said.
NMU took last season’s meeting in Marquette and leads the series all-time 20-17-3.
NMU concludes the weekend on Saturday (Sept. 17) at 2 p.m. against Lake Erie College. The Storm is 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the GLIAC. Lake Erie defeated Notre Dame (Ohio) College earlier this week 3-0. The Storm is led by outside-hitter Jamie Hoppe. The sophomore has 24 kills and 19 digs on the season.
“This is our first trip to Lake Erie, so it will be a challenge for us,” Yoder said.
NMU won last season’s meeting in Marquette 3-0. This is only the second time the two programs have met since Lake Erie joined the GLIAC in 2010.
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