September 25, 2012

Volleyball Sweeps U.P. Rival Michigan Tech

Junior Sarah Hamilton.
Junior Sarah Hamilton.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – After falling to Ashland University on Saturday (Sept. 22), the Northern Michigan University volleyball team got back to its winning ways on Tuesday (Sept. 25) with 3-0 sweep of Michigan Tech in its home-opener from Vandament Arena. NMU now stands at 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the GLIAC.

The ‘Cats took an early lead in the first set and dominated down the stretch for a 25-11 win. In the second, the two teams were tied at five before NMU went on a four point streak and ended up winning 25-11 and 2-0 heading into the break. Set three was all Green and Gold as the ‘Cats led from start to finish and were able to sub in all available players.

“It was really nice to have 500 fans in the stands for a Tuesday night match,” NMU head coach Dominic Yoder said. “It’s pretty exciting for us. We don’t see crowds like this on the road.”

Northern finished with 35 kills on the night, a .355 attack percentage and five team blocks.

NMU freshman Lisa Studnicka led the team with 10 digs, seven kills and one assist. Junior Lina Lopes added eight kills and three aces. Senior Jasmine Calhoun recorded five kills. Junior Kellisha Harley tallied 29 assists for the ‘Cats and added two aces.

Junior Kalli Herron (4), junior Sarah Hamilton (4), senior Bailey Franklin (3) and senior Andree Ring (2) also got in the kills category.

For the Huskies (5-8 overall, 2-3 GLIAC), Shelby Jones had six kills, while Aubrey Havlichek had three. Madeline Haben had 15 assists on the night.

The ‘Cats continue their three-match streak at home as they take on Wayne State on Friday (Sept. 28) at 7 p.m. and Findlay on Saturday (Sept. 29) at 4 p.m. The Warriors are first in the GLIAC at 5-0 and are 10-3 overall. The Oilers 6-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

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Jamie Carter
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