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      NMU volleyball splits weekend on the road

      MIDLAND , Mich. â?? The Northern Michigan University volleyball team split its weekend in the Lower Peninsula, after being defeated by Northwood University on Saturday (Nov. 9) afternoon. The Timberwolves took the match, 3-1, in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup. NMU is now 20-9 overall and 13-3 in the conference.

      Northwood finished with the 25-20 advantage in the first set, before NMU came back to edge the second set, 25-23. The Timberwolves closed out the match by taking sets three and four, 25-21 and 25-23, respectively.

      "We lost in four close and tough sets," stated head coach Dominic Yoder. "We played well at times, especially defensively. Kalli Herron and Kellisha Harley were bright spots today with their performances."

      The first set consisted of the scoring being tied 11 separate times. The Wildcats tied the game for the final time at 16 on a kill by senior Kalli Herron. After that, the Timberwolves led the rest of the set for the win.

      In the second set, NMU trailed 18-13 going into Herron's serve that would end in the Wildcats taking the 19-18 lead. The serving series consisted of a kill by Herron and one by freshman Bridget Bussell , along with two service aces. NMU held its lead, closing out the set on a kill by Herron.

      NMU and NU exchanged the lead multiple times in the third set. In the set, NMU led 20-18, but the Timberwolves came from behind for the 24-20 lead. The Wildcats tried to battle back by scoring on a kill by senior Lina Lopes with the score at 24-21. However, the Timberwolves closed out the set on the next play.

      In the final set, NU led 8-7 in the game, and kept its lead for the rest of the set. The Wildcats trailed by eight points (20-12) at one point going into freshman Meghan Supple 's serve, that cut the NU lead to just four (20-16). From there, NMU stayed within four points or less, including down by just one (24-23) late in the set.

      Herron closed out the afternoon to lead the Wildcats with 16 kills, and lopes added 10. Sophomore Alex Berger led the defense on 19 digs, while Lopes and senior Kellisha Harley each added 11. Harley also added 39 assists to set up the offense.

      Julia Pakhomenko led all players with 23 kills and Cassandra Marsh had 10. Elizabeth Baker led with 17 digs while Krysta Kramer (15), Jordan Dunn (14) and Brita Bjornsdottir (10) all had digs in the double figures. Dunn finished with 45 kills.

      NMU finishes out the regular season next weekend, with a game at Saginaw Valley State on Friday (Nov. 15) and at Lake Superior State on Saturday (Nov. 16).