MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan volleyball team recently completed its season, clinching its ninth straight winning season.
NMU finished 15-14 overall and 12-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Wildcats finished in third place in the GLIAC north division and fifth overall.
The ‘Cats opened the season at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament. The competition featured six programs, five of which of were nationally ranked. NMU finished the tournament at 1-3, with a win of Pittsburgh State and losses to nationally ranked Concordia-St. Paul, Southwest Minnesota State and Central Missouri.
NMU opened its season at Vandament Arena the following weekend with a loss to Saginaw Valley State and wins over then ranked Grand Valley State and eventual north division champion Ferris State.
The ‘Cats went on a tear between Sept. 17 and Oct. 14, winning nine of 10 matches, including seven sweeps.
NMU then traveled to Aurora, Ill. to compete in the annual GLVC/GLIAC Crossover. The ‘Cats had a five set victory over Bellarmine and losses to nationally ranked Missouri S & T and Northern Kentucky.
NMU made the GLIAC tournament for the eighth consecutive season. The ‘Cats entered as the No. 5 seed, falling to the No.4 seed Ashland 3-0.
The ‘Cats finished the season 8-4 at Vandament Arena, 5-6 on the road and 2-4 at neutral sites.
NMU was ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Poll on three separate occasions, first appearing in the preseason poll.
NMU had four players honored by the GLIAC for their outstanding performance. Senior left side hitter Emma Wolfe and junior setter Abby Lovell were named to the all-GLIAC first team, junior middle hitter Sami Vierk was named to the all-GLIAC second team and sophomore left side hitter Lina Lopes was selected as all-GLIAC honorable mention.
Senior Emma Wolfe led the ‘Cats offensively with 364 kills and 380.5 points, averaging 3.659 points per set. Defensively, junior libero Kalin Zimmerman led NMU with 390 digs, averaging 3.75 digs per set.
The ‘Cats also had 10 student-athletes recognized as members of the GLIAC Excellence and Academic Teams. Senior Rebecca Feuerherd and sophomores Ellen Lemos, Lina Lopes and Suzanne Solin were named to the Academic Excellence team.
Senior Emma Wolfe, juniors Abby Lovell and Andree Ring, and sophomores Sarah Hamilton and Kristin Wetzel were named to the All-Academic team.
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