DETROIT , Mich. ?? The Northern Michigan University volleyball team defeated Wayne State University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Friday (Oct. 4) evening. The Wildcats took the match, 3-1 from Matthaei Center.
Northern is now 11-4 overall and 5-1 in the GLIAC after taking the sets 25-18, 20-25, 25-20 and 25-23. The Wildcats got out to a 10-2 lead in the first set, with five points scored on freshman Meghan Supple's serve, including two kills by senior Sarah Hamilton.
Set two was a back and forth battle from the start with nine ties. The Warriors held the advantage by scoring five of the last seven points to close is out before the break.
The Wildcats went up 5-1 in set number three on freshman Megan Dahl's serve. The Warriors tied the game four times before NMU pulled ahead on Hamilton's serve. A kill by senior Lina Lopes closed out the game.
The Warriors set the pace in the fourth, going up 4-0 before NMU got on the board. WSU led until NMU scored six straight on senior Kalli Herron's serve to tie the game at 19. The Warriors tied the game three more times until the set ended on back-to-back service aces by Lopes.
Herron led NMU with 14 kills. Lopes added 11 and Hamilton had nine. Sophomore Alex Berger led the defense with 18 digs and Lopes contributed with 12. Senior Kellisha Harley finished with 38 assists on the evening.
For WSU, Kristen Bulkiewicz had 10 kills and Heather Weiss added nine. Macy Steenhuysen finished with 14 digs and Bulkiewicz added 12. Madison Reeves set up the offense with 25 assists.
The Wildcats continue their four-match road stand on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Findlay. First serve is at 2 p.m.