Sat, 07 Sep 2013 04:23:50 GMT — (Courtesy of NMU Athletics) VOLLEYBALL WINS SEASON OPENER IN FLORIDA PENSACOLA, Fla. â?? The Northern Michigan University volleyball team began its season and weekend on the right foot. The Wildcats defeated the Florida Institute of Technology, 3-1 at the University of West Florida Invite on Friday (Sept. 6) afternoon. NMU took the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-15, respectively. The Panthers were able to answer back by taking set three, 25-21. But, that wasn't enough, before the Wildcats took the match by winning 25-15 in set four. Senior Lina Lopes led NMU with 14 kills, while seniors Kalli Herron and Sarah Hamilton had 11 apiece. As a team, the Wildcats finished with 51 kills for a .176 attack percentage. Lopes also led with 20 digs on the afternoon. Senior Kellisha Harley set up the offense with 40 assists. For the Panthers, Charlie French led with nine kills and Marilyn Dick with seven. As a team, the Panthers finished with 34 kills and a .031 attack percentage. NMU continues play at the UWF Invite this evening in a matchup against the University of Southern Indiana beginning at 8 p.m. VOLLEYBALL DEFEATS SOUTHERN INDIANA PENSACOLA, Fla. â?? The Northern Michigan University volleyball team won its second match of the day on Friday (Sep. 6) at the University of West Florida Invite. The Wildcats shut out the University of Southern Indiana, 3-0. NMU won the first set, 25-22 before a thrilling second set, winning 30-28. The Wildcats closed out the match with a 25-13 advantage in the third. Senior Lina Lopes once again led all players with 19 kills, 18 digs and added two service aces. Sophomore Alex Berger tallied 14 digs and senior Kellisha Harley added 11. NMU finished with 50 kills as a team for a .276 attack percentage. Harley also had 37 assists on the evening. Defensively, freshman Bridget Bussell led the way with four block assists, contributing to the team's 12. The Screaming Eagles were led by Lauren DeShaney and Abbey Winter with nine kills each. Kayla Heldman had 19 digs and Jorae Bradbury set up the offense with 29 assists. USI finished with 33 total kills for a .173 attack percentage. The Wildcats face Missouri S&T at 3 p.m. and West Florida at 8 p.m. on Saturday (Sep. 7) to close out the tournament. Live stats are available for both matches. A video stream is available for the match against West Florida.
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