MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan volleyball team concludes its regular season this weekend at Vandament Arena looking to finish the season off in strong fashion.
The Wildcats will square off against a trio of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference south division foes.
“We have three important matches this weekend,” said head coach Dominic Yoder. “All three school’s are competing to secure a spot in the conference tournament.”
NMU opens the weekend at 5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 4) against Wayne State. The Warriors enter the weekend in third place in the south division and coming off of a sweep of Lake Erie last weekend. Wayne State is led by sophomore outside hitter Kristen Bulkiewicz. She leads the team with 354 kills and averages 3.77 kills per set.
The Warriors handed the ‘Cats a 3-1 defeat last season in Detroit. NMU holds the series mark at 36-17.
NMU then takes on Findlay at 4 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 5). The Oilers enter the weekend in fourth place in the south division and riding an eight-match winning streak. Findlay is led by sophomore middle blocker Mackenzie Vorst. She leads the Oilers with 277 kills and averages 3.11 kills per set.
The ‘Cats defeated Findlay 3-1 last year at Findlay. The ‘Cats hold a slim advantage over the Oilers at 11-6.
NMU closes out the weekend at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 6) against Hillsdale. The Chargers enter the weekend riding a 15-match winning streak and in first place of the GLIAC South division. Hillsdale is led by senior outside hitter Ashlee Crowder. She leads the team with 317 kills and averages 3.96 kills per set.
The Chargers defeated the ‘Cats 3-0 in last year’s meeting in Hillsdale. NMU owns the head-to-head series at 33-11.
Saturday is Senior Day, as the ‘Cats three seniors will be honored before the match. Left side hitters Catherine Waybright and Emma Wolfe and defensive specialist Becca Feuerherd will be recognized for their time at NMU.
Feuerherd has been a four-year starter for the ‘Cats, lettering the last three seasons. She was named to the 2009 all-GLIAC academic team. Feuerherd has appeared in all 25 matches this season and ranks second on the team in service aces with 28.
Wolfe has also been a four-year starter for the ‘Cats, lettering her first three seasons and being named as an honorable mention all-GLIAC in 2010. This season, Wolfe leads the team in kills with 325 and averages 3.61 kills per set.
Waybright lettered for the first time in 2010 after transferring from El Camino Community College. She has appeared in seven matches this season, collecting seven service aces, including a career high six service aces against Lake Superior State (10/28).
“This weekend will be the last time we play at home this season, so it will be a nice way to go out for our seniors,” said Yoder.
Saturday also marks the annual Pink Experience. NMU’s Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Department is partnering with VAST and the Marquette General Foundation as a benefit for the Marquette General Cancer Center. The Pink Experience is a day-long event that includes both the volleyball match and the hockey game later that evening.
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