MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball squad dropped two matches over the weekend to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division foes.
On Saturday (Oct. 7) the Wildcats dropped a five-game match to the Ashland Eagles. The Eagles won the first two games (25-30, 25-30) before the ‘Cats won the next two (30-24, 30-26) to send the match to a fifth game. AU won (13-15) to take the match. The Eagles are now 14-7 overall and 8-4 in the GLIAC.
Sunday (Oct. 8) the Oilers from The University of Findlay won the match, but again it took five games. UF jumped out to a quick lead by taking the first two games of the match (27-30, 23-30), before the ‘Cats took the third and fourth games (30-27, 30-17). In the end the Oilers won the fifth and deciding game (12-15). UF now stands at 16-5 overall and 8-4 in the conference.
With the two losses over the weekend the ‘Cats fall to 13-7 overall and 5-7 in the GLIAC.
Sam Schulte led the ‘Cats against AU with 23 kills in 46 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .348. Mandie Meyer was the only other player in double-digits in kills with 19. Brittany McGowan had 43 assists for the match. Meyer was deadly with the serve as she had a match-high three service aces. Cassie Osiecki with her 23 digs led all players. Schulte had two of the team’s three bock solos and three of the six block assists.
Against the Oilers three ‘Cats had 18 or more kills for the match. Schulte and Meyer each had 20 kills while Megan Elliott added 19. Rachel Martinez dished the rock 49 times and had 16 digs. The ‘Cats did not have a block solo in the match. Katt Garvick had two block assists.
NMU will stay in the U.P. this week. First up is a match at Michigan Tech on Tuesday (Oct. 10) before hosting the Lake Superior State Lakers on Saturday (Oct. 14).
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