HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan volleyball team continued its winning streak in exciting fashion tonight (Sept. 30) in a 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-22) win over rival Michigan Tech.
The win was the fifth straight match victory by the ‘Cats in straight sets.
With the win, the ‘Cats improve to 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Huskies fall to 2-11 overall and 0-8 in the GLIAC.
NMU opened the match trading points with the Huskies until the midway point of the set when Emma Wolfe and Abby Lovell combined to take the lead for good at 17-15. The ‘Cats earned match point after an attack error by the Huskies Abby DeWitt and finished the set off with a kill by Wolfe, her fourth of the set.
The ‘Cats came out firing in the second set leading the Huskies 13-3 before Tech rallied with nine straight points. The two squads continued to trade points throughout the set, as no team led by more than four points after the midway point. The Huskies were able to fight off a NMU set point and take three straight points to take control of the set. With their backs against the wall, the ‘Cats fired back with three straight points of their own to take the set and a 2-0 lead into the break.
The Huskies controlled much of the third set, leading by 17-12, until the ‘Cats broke through with five straight points to tie the match at 17-17. The match remained tied until the duo of Wolfe and Lovell swung the momentum back into NMU’s favor for a set and match victory.
Senior Emma Wolfe and junior Sami Vierk once again combined to lead the NMU offense. Wolfe had a match best 15 kills and a .480 attack percentage, Vierk contributed ten kills. Junior setter Abby Lovell established the offense front with 36 assists on the night.
Junior libero Kalin Zimmerman controlled the defensive front with 12 digs.
The ‘Cats hit for .240 tonight while limiting the Huskies to only a .092 attack percentage. The NMU defense also had eight team blocks and 31 digs.
NMU returns to Vandament Arena next Tuesday (Oct. 4) for the first time since (Sept. 11). The ‘Cats take on undefeated, No. 4 ranked Minnesota-Duluth at 7 p.m.
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