HOUGHTON, Mich. – For the third match in a row the Northern Michigan University volleyball squad battled to a fifth and deciding game. After dropping two five-game matches over the weekend to Ashland and Findlay the Wildcats were taking on the Michigan Tech Huskies on Tuesday night.
NMU dropped the first game of the match (27-30) then came back to win the second game (30-19), which evened the match at one each. The Huskies took the third game (28-30) before the ‘Cats came back again to take the fourth game (30-23) which sent the match to a fifth and deciding game. The ‘Cats saw its lead disappear as MTU won the game and match (12-15).
With the loss the ‘Cats are 13-8 on the season and 5-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). MTU improves to 12-10 and 8-5 respectively.
Sam Schulte led the ‘Cats on the night with 22 kills in 44 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .318. Mandie Meyer added 14 kills. Schulte’s play at the net was impressive as she had three of the four block solos for the match. She added six block assists. Breanne Zaremba had five blocks assists for the match. As a team, NMU had 18 block assists on the night.
Rachel Martinez had a match-high 48 assists. Megan Elliott and Cassie Osiecki both ended the match with over 20 digs. Elliott has a team-high 24 while Osiecki had 22. The same pair each had three service aces.
The ‘Cats are back home on Saturday (Oct. 14) when they host the Lake Superior State Lakers at 4 p.m.
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