MARQUETTE, Mich. – The No. 25 Northern Michigan volleyball team made quick work of rival Michigan Tech tonight (Oct. 11), sweeping the Huskies 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-10).
With the win, the ‘Cats improve to 11-6 overall and 9-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference and have now won eight of their last nine matches. The Huskies fall to 2-14 overall and remain winless in the GLIAC at 0-11.
Tonight’s win all gives NMU the regular season sweep against its rival.
NMU opened the match on an 11-4 run. The ‘Cats never surrendered the lead throughout the set, never letting Michigan Tech get within more five points.
The Huskies took their first lead of the match in the second set, leading 5-2 early before the ‘Cats took four of the next five points to tie the match at 6-6. NMU then took the lead from a Kalli Herron kill and never lost it. Strong service performances by Lina Lopes and Suzanne Solin helped the ‘Cats to prevail over the Huskies by nine points.
The third set was all ‘Cats, with NMU leading the set early 12-2. A strong service performance by Becca Feuerherd and Abby Lovell led the way for the ‘Cats. The two combined for four service aces, including two by Feuerherd to close out the set and match.
“I am really happy with how we played tonight,” head coach Dominic Yoder said. “Danielle (Kowalski) started for the first time tonight and had a great match and Sami (Vierk) has really begun to lead this team during the recent stretch.”
The ‘Cats were led offensively by junior middle hitter Sami Vierk and senior left-side hitter Emma Wolfe. The two combined for 27 kills, hitting 13 and 14 respectively. Vierk, who was recently named GLIAC North Division “Player of the Week,” had two service aces to go along with a .611 attack percentage. Junior setter Abby Lovell established the offensive threat with 34 assists.
Defensively, the ‘Cats were led by sophomore left-side hitter Lina Lopes who had 10 digs.
“The team is really starting to believe in themselves in the recent weeks and that is evident in our recent success,” Yoder said.
NMU hits the road again, traveling to the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover this weekend (Oct. 14-15). The ‘Cats will face three regional powers during the tournament.
Match Notes: NMU had an impressive .387 hitting percentage tonight. Even more impressive was the NMU defensive, which limited the Huskies to a 0.87 hitting percentage.
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