MARQUETTE, Mich. –After a difficult two-week stretch, the Northern Michigan volleyball team returns home to Vandament Arena for the remainder of the regular season.
This weekend the ‘Cats host a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference north division foes.
“Our backs are against the wall now after a difficult weekend, so we have to come out and take care of business the next two weeks at home,” said head coach Dominic Yoder.
NMU opens the weekend hosting Lake Superior State at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28). The Lakers enter the match in sixth place in the GLIAC north division, three spots behind the ‘Cats. LSSU has dropped three of its last four matches. The Lakers are led by junior outside hitter Nikki Stratelak. She has a team best 146 kills and averages 2.43 kills per set.
The ‘Cats swept the Lakers back on Sept. 23 in Sault Ste. Marie. NMU holds the all-time series record 68-16-1.
The ‘Cats close out the weekend against Northwood at 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 29). The Timberwolves enter the weekend having swept a pair of matches one week ago. Northwood currently sits in fourth place of the GLIAC north division, just one spot behind NMU. The Timberwolves are led by senior middle blocker Sara Skornia. She has a team best 148 kills and averages 2.51 kills per set.
NMU swept Northwood back on Sept. 24 in Midland. The ‘Cats lead the head-to-head series 34-23.
“These are two improved teams that are fighting to get into the GLIAC tournament,” said Yoder. “We need to get the confidence we had back starting this Friday,” said Yoder.
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