October 5, 2011

Volleyball Returns Home After Long Road Trip

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The No. 25 ranked Northern Michigan volleyball team returns home this week after a long six-match road trip.

The ‘Cats will be home at Vandament Arena for the first time since (Sept. 11).

NMU has won five of its last six matches, defeating Finlandia 3-0 last Thursday (Sept. 29) and swept rival Michigan Tech 3-0 last Friday (Sept. 30).  The ‘Cats lost to No. 4 ranked Minnesota-Duluth on Tuesday (Oct. 4) 3-0. 

The ‘Cats open weekend play at 7 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 7) against Ohio Dominican University.  The Panthers come into the contest on a two-match losing streak, having lost to Alderson-Broaddus in five sets on Tuesday (Oct. 4).  This marks only the second time that the two schools have met.  The ‘Cats swept last year’s meeting in Columbus.

Ohio Dominican is led by outside-hitter Rachel Billing.  The senior leads the Panthers with 179 kills and a .227 attack percentage.

“If we can limit the amount of errors that we commit and continue to have a strong game upfront defensively, we should be in good shape for this weekend and in the weeks to come,” head coach Dominic Yoder said.

NMU concludes the week at 4 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 8) in a matinee matchup against Tiffin University.  The Dragons come into the weekend on a two-match winning streak before a contest with Malone University on (Oct. 5).  The Dragons defeated Lake Erie College and Ohio Dominican University last week. 

The Dragons are led by outside-hitter Danielle McQuade.  The sophomore leads the squad with 154 kills and a .289 attack percentage.

NMU won meetings last year and leads the series at 4-0.

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