MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan volleyball team proved too much for the Finlandia Lions tonight (Sept. 29), as the ‘Cats cruised to a non-conference, 3-0 (25-15-, 25-4, 25-7) win.
With the win, the ‘Cats improve to 7-5 overall and remain at 5-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Lions fall to 1-19 overall.
The story of the night was the ‘Cats defense. The NMU defensive front held the Lions to a season best -.169 hitting percentage, while ‘Cats offense hit for a season high .453 tonight.
The ‘Cats established the match tempo early on in the first set leading by 17-7 at the midway point. The Lions attempted to make a comeback after winning three straight points, but could get no closer than eight points with the ‘Cats hitting .400 percent.
The second set was all NMU, as the ‘Cats established an early 12-5 lead. Defensive specialist Becca Feuerherd served 11 straight points and contributed three service aces, as the senior guided the ‘Cats to a 25-4 set win. NMU hit a perfect 1.000 during the set, the first time this season.
NMU began the third and final set up 15-4, behind a strong service performance by Sami Vierk. The junior middle-hitter served nine straight points and contributed four service aces. Ball handling and attack errors proved costly for the Lions during the remaining points of the set, as the ‘Cats breezed past the Lions for the set and match victory.
The ‘Cats were led offensively by Vierk and senior Emma Wolfe, who combined for 20 kills, contributing 11 and nine kills respectively. Junior setter Abby Lovell established the front with 20 assists.
Defensively junior libero Kalin Zimmerman led the ‘Cats with 11 digs.
NMU concludes its six-match road trip tomorrow night in Houghton when they take on the Michigan Tech Huskies. Match time is 7 p.m.
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