ROLLA, Mo. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Missouri S&T Middle of Everywhere Classic on Friday (Sept. 7). The Wildcats defeated Emporia State 3-2 (16-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 15-8) in the morning match and lost for the second time this season, 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20) to tournament host Missouri S&T in the evening contest.
“We played with a lot of heart today,” NMU coach Dominic Yoder said. “We can be smarter with our attacking after some mistakes today but we’ll keep improving.”
In the first match against Emporia State, NMU dominated the net with 12 team blocks while Emporia had eight. Against Missouri S&T it was the opposite story as the Miners dominated the net with 13 team blocks.
NMU (5-2) had four players with double digit kills against Emporia State. Junior Kalli Herron led the ‘Cats with 13 kills while junior Sarah Hamilton had 12. Junior Lina Lopes and freshman Lisa Studnicka each contributed with 10. Junior setter Kellisha Harley setup the NMU offense with 46 assists. Freshman Alex Berger had 13 digs while Harley chipped in with 10. Hamilton had eight block assists and Harley had five.
Studnicka and Herron led the offense in the evening match against Missouri S&T. Studnicka had 16 kills while Herron had 11. Harley had 42 assists. Defensively, Berger had 27 digs. Studnicka added 11 digs and four service aces while Lopes had 10 digs and four service aces.
“Alex had a career night on the defensive end,” Yoder said. “Lisa was able to find holes in the defense and did it all for us today. She’s playing great right now and our freshmen have been playing like veterans.”
The ‘Cats play Southern Indiana and Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (Sept. 8) on the final day of the tournament.
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