The Northern Michigan University volleyball team opened the 2013 Superior Oasis Wildcat Open on Friday (Sept. 13) with a 3-0 victory over Bemidji State. The match was at 9 a.m. at Vandament Arena. The Wildcats are back in action at 7 p.m. against Minnesota-Crookston.
The Wildcats held the Beavers to 14 points or under in each set. NMU took set one 25-14 then 25-11 and 25-12 in sets two and three, respectively.
BSU went up 4-0 in the opening set before allowing NMU to get on the board. The 'Cats took the next six of the next eight points to tie the set at six. From there, NMU led the remainder of the set for the victory. Senior Lina Lopes led the Wildcats with three service aces in the opening set.
NMU continued its strong serving in set two with five total service aces with Lopes and senior Kellisha Harley each tallying two. Coach Dominic Yoder's squad held the Beavers to just 11 points in the set, closing it out scoring three consecutive points on senior Kalli Herron's serve.
Set three was controlled entirely by the Wildcats, shutting out BSU 9-0 to open the set on the serving of sophomore Alex Berger. The set ended the same way it began, NMU closed out the match on Berger's serve, with the last seven points going to NMU.
The Wildcats were led by Lopes with 12 kills and 10 digs. Herron added eight kills and Berger had 10 digs. NMU finished with 41 total kills, for a .352 attack percentage. Harley setup the offense with 30 assists on the morning. As a team, NMU tallied 13 service aces, including Lopes with five and Harley and Berger each adding three.
The Beavers were led by Jessica Yost with six kills. Courtney Volkman finished with seven digs and Yost added five. BSU led with six block assists on the morning.
NMU meets Quincy at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 14) and Lake Superior State at 7 p.m. to wrap up the tournament.