MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team wraps up its 13-match road trip with a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches at Lake Erie and Ashland. Friday (Sept. 21), the Wildcats travel to Painesville, Ohio for a 7 p.m. match against Lake Erie College. Saturday’s (Sept. 22) 2 p.m. match is at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
NMU is 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the GLIAC after a pair of victories last weekend. The ‘Cats received 10 points in the weekly AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Coach Dominic Yoder’s squad defeated Saginaw Valley State University, 3-2 on Friday evening (Sept. 14) and Lake Superior State 3-1 on Saturday (Sept. 15) to win its fourth straight match.
NMU is hitting a .176 hitting percentage and has 40 (86-46) more service aces than the opponent. Junior Lina Lopes (122) and freshman Lisa Studnicka (121) lead in kills. Junior Kalli Herron (109) also has over 100 kills. Junior setter Kellisha Harley has 427 assists to setup the offense. Freshman Alex Berger leads the defense with 170 digs. Junior Sarah Hamilton leads blocking with 40 total blocks on four block solos and 36 block assists.
Lake Erie is 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC. The Storm defeated Notre Dame College in a non-conference match on Tuesday. The two conference losses were to Wayne State and Findlay. Sara Aultz (47) and Molly Richardson (39) lead the team in kills. Samantha Knepley has 137 assists and Andrea Harris has 91 digs for the Storm.
The Storm and Wildcats will meet for just the third time. NMU leads the series, 2-0. The two teams faced each other on Sept. 17, 2011 in Painesville, Ohio where the ‘Cats won in three straight sets.
Ashland is 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC. The Eagles defeated Findlay and lost to Wayne State to open conference play last weekend. Before taking on NMU on Saturday, Ashland will hold its home-opener against Michigan Tech on Friday evening. Brittany Snider (146) and Baley Bernthisel (93) lead the Eagles in kills. Crystal Elliot has 348 assists and Marci Zagarac has 171 digs.
The Eagles defeated the ‘Cats in the regular season and in the GLIAC Tournament in 2011. The Wildcats lead the overall series 17-5, with a 7-4 record in Ashland.
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