MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan volleyball team concludes its six-match road trip this week as it squares off against two Upper Peninsula foes.
After sweeping their last three opponents, the ‘Cats come into the week on a three-match win streak. NMU defeated Lake Superior State 3-0 last Friday (Sept. 23) and Northwood 3-0, last Saturday (Sept. 24). With the weekend sweep, the ‘Cats are now 6-5 overall and 5-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The ‘Cats open play on Thursday (Sept. 29) at Finlandia. The Lions come in after dropping three matches this past weekend at a tournament hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Finlandia was swept in all three matches and now stands at 1-15 overall on the season. This marks only the second time that NMU has played Finlandia. The ‘Cats swept the Lions in 2009.
“Finlandia provides another competition for us and ability to fit other players into the match,” head coach Dominic Yoder said.
Finlandia is led by middle-hitter Augustine Brustus. The freshman leads the team with 60 kills and a .122 hitting percentage.
NMU concludes the weekend with the short drive from Hancock to Houghton to square off against rival Michigan Tech on Friday (Sept. 30). The Huskies come into the match on an eight-match losing streak. Michigan Tech’s last win came against Notre Dame College on Sept. 3. The Huskies recently dropped a pair of matches to Northwood and Lake Superior State. Michigan Tech is 2-10 overall and 0-7 in the GLIAC.
“Playing at Michigan Tech can be difficult because of the crowd and the atmosphere with the pep band and cheer section,” Yoder said.
The Huskies are led by outside-hitter Jenna Karkos. The senior leads the squad with 112 kills and is hitting .257 on the season.
NMU swept both meetings last year and has dominated the all time series, leading 74-16.
Match time for both contests is 7 p.m.
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