The Northern Michigan University volleyball team captured its third consecutive conference win and its eighth shutout of the season on Saturday (Oct. 5) afternoon. The Wildcats swept the University of Findlay 3-0 from Croy Gymnasium in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.
NMU is now 12-4 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC after Saturday's sweep, taking the sets 27-25, 25-21 and 25-17. Set one was a defensive battle among both teams, compromising of 11 ties and six lead changes. The Wildcats were down 25-24 when a kill by senior Lina Lopes tied the set at 25. Two consecutive kills by freshman Alex Larsen and senior Kalli Herron gave NMU the set.
The Oilers (11-5, 4-3 GLIAC) set the pace in the opening of the second set by taking a 15-8 lead. The Wildcats brought the set within four points (12-16) on freshman Meghan Supple serve, which included a kill and block by senior Sarah Hamilton. The Wildcats tied the set three times, before taking a 22-21 lead on a kill by sophomore Lisa Studnicka. Two kills by Hamilton and Studnicka closed out the set before the break.
The Green and Gold continued its strong defense in the third set, not allowing Findlay to take the lead once in the set. Harley closed out the serving for NMU with three attack errors by Findlay and a kill by Larsen. On Findlay's final serve, a kill by Herron closed out the set and match for the Wildcats.
Lopes finished with 10 kills on the afternoon. Larsen, Hamilton and Herron each added nine kills. As a team, NMU had 52 kills for a .304 attack percentage. Lopes led the defense with 14 digs and sophomore Alex Berger added 12. Harley set up the offense with 38 assists.
For the Oilers, Danielle Taflinger had nine kills and Mackenzie Vorst finished with eight. As a team, Findlay tallied 34 kills for a .210 attack percentage. Becca Shoemaker led with nine digs and Amanda Calhoun had 29 assists.
NMU wraps up its four-match road trip on Tuesday (Oct. 8) with a non-conference match at No. 2-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. The Wildcats return home on Friday (Oct. 11) against Malone and Saturday (Oct. 12) against Walsh.