(Courtesy of NMU Athletics)
MARQUETTEâ?? The Northern Michigan University volleyball had its second shutout match of the day on Friday (Sept. 13) in the Superior Oasis Wildcat Open, defeating the Minnesota-Crookston, 3-0 in their evening match. NMU swept Bemidji State earlier in the day.
It was a back and forth battle between teams in all three sets, but NMU took the 25-17 advantage in the first two sets and completed the sweep with a 27-25 victory in set three.
"Minnesota-Crookston is very athletic, very aggressive and well coached," said NMU volleyball coach Dominic Yoder. "I'm really happy to have a group of players that kept fighting and didn't quit."
The Wildcats led the entire first set. The Golden Eagles stayed within three points of NMU 10 different times until the Wildcats scored four consecutive points on sophomore Alex Berger's serve deep into the set.
The Green and Gold also kept the advantage in the entire second set, but it was a different story in set three. The score was tied 14 times with seven lead changes. NMU closed out the match on two consecutive attack errors by UMC.
Senior Kalli Herron had a match-high 12 kills with senior Lina Lopes (11) and sophomore Lisa Studnicka (10) also in double figures. As a team, the Wildcats finished with 42 kills for a .230 attack percentage. Senior Kellisha Harley had 24 assists on the night and her and Lopes each tallied nine digs.
For the Golden Eagles, Brittany Looker and Alexandra Skeeter each contributed seven kills to the team's 21 and each added eight digs.
The Wildcats are now 4-2 on the season and continue play Saturday (Sept. 14) at 11 a.m. against Quincy and wrap up the tournament against Lake Superior State at 7 p.m.