ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan volleyball team dropped its fourth straight match this afternoon (Oct. 22), falling to Grand Valley State 3-1 (17-25, 22-25, 25-16, 20-25).
With the loss, the ‘Cats fall to 12-10 overall and 9-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Cardinals improve to 11-10 overall and 8-6 in the GLIAC. With the loss, NMU falls to third place in the GLIAC north and splits its two regular season contests against GVSU.
The loss also puts NMU on a four match losing streak, its longest losing streak since dropping four straight matches in 2009.
The ‘Cats opened the first set with an early 8-3 lead before the Lakers fired back with six straight points to take the lead at 9-8. After a timeout, NMU was able to regain the lead at 16-15 but a ball handling error by Abby Lovell caused the ‘Cats to lose the lead for good.
NMU played strong throughout the early stages of the second set, leading 14-10 before GVSU called a timeout. Out of the quick break, the Lakers strung together nine straight points to take a 19-10 lead and never looked back.
NMU came out of the break looking to prevent a sweep. The ‘Cats did just that, thanks to solid service performances from Kalin Zimmerman and Lina Lopes. A serve from Abby Lovell and a GVSU attack error allowed the ‘Cats to take the set and get back into the match.
The fourth and final set was played once again in a back-and-fourth style, this time favoring GVSU. Both teams remained tied up until the midway point when the Lakers scored three straight points to take a 17-14 lead. Trailing 22-18 and coming out of a timeout, the ‘Cats attempted to claw their way back into the set but the Lakers offensive attack proved too much for NMU.
Offensively, senior left-side hitter Emma Wolfe led the ‘Cats with 13 kills. Junior setter Abby Lovell established the offensive front with 42 assists.
NMU was led defensively by sophomore left-side hitter Lina Lopes with 13 digs.
Errors continue to plague the ‘Cats as of late, as they committed 25 attack errors and five service errors.
NMU continues its road trip at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 23) at Ferris State.
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