The Northern Michigan University volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches on Friday (Sept. 27) evening with a 3-0 sweep of Lake Erie. The Wildcats defeated the Storm 25-14, 25-19 and 25-12 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup from Vandament Arena. NMU is now 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
In set one, NMU took a 3-0 lead to open the match before the Storm was able to get on the board. Freshman Alex Larsen led NMU with six kills, including two to close out the first set 25-14. Senior Kalli Herron also helped the Wildcats to victory contributing five kills.
The Storm (0-7, 0-3 GLIAC) were able to tie set number two four times. LEC stayed within four points for the set until the Wildcats had two consecutive kills by freshman Bridget Bussel and Herron to put the 'Cats up 24-18 and took the game 25-19 on a kill by senior Lina Lopes .
The Wildcats went up 4-0 in the final set on the opening serve of sophomore Alex Berger. The serving domination continued on senior Kellisha Harley serve as she served seven consecutive points, giving NMU the 18-6 lead and putting the set out of reach for the Storm.
Lopes led NMU with 13 kills, while Herron added 10 and Larson had eight. As a team, the Wildcats had 45 kills and a .438 attack percentage. Berger led the defense with eight digs and Lopes contributed with seven. Harley set up the offense with 40 assists.
For the Storm, Mary Walter finished with nine kills to contribute to LEC's 24 total kills. Molly Richardson added seven kills and Samantha Knepley had 22 assists.
The Wildcats continue play at home Saturday (Sept. 28) in a GLIAC matchup against Ashland University at 4 p.m. from Vandament Arena. Ashland shut out Michigan Tech in Houghton on Friday evening.