(Courtesy of NMU Athletics)
PENSACOLA, Fla. â?? For the second time in a day, the Northern Michigan University volleyball team's match was decided by a fifth set. The Wildcats fell short, 3-2 against the No. 19-ranked University of West Florida in the school's invite on Saturday (Sept. 7).
The Argonauts won the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-15, respectively before the Wildcats were able to answer back. NMU took the third set, 25-22 and the fourth, 25-23. Despite the comeback, it wasn't enough the Wildcats, as UWF took the deciding set 15-10.
Senior Sarah Hamilton tallied 13 kills to lead NMU, while senior Kalli Herron and sophomore Lisa Studnicka each had 12. As a team, NMU finished with 57 kills for a .158 attack percentage. Sophomore Alex Berger had a match-high 25 digs. Seniors Lina Lopes and Kellisha Harley each tallied 15 and freshman Megan Supple added 14. Harley had 43 assists on the night.
For UWF, four players had double digit kills on the evening. Jenny Bellairs led the way with 15 followed by Holly Mattmuller (12), Sarah Scott (11) and Lea Buchanan (10). The Argonauts had 64 total kills for a .202 attack percentage. Autumn Duyn finished with 20 digs and Tori Martella had 18.
NMU was defeated earlier in the day by Missouri Science and Technology, 3-2 after taking both of its matches at the invite on Friday (Sept. 6). The Wildcats defeated Florida Institute of Technology 3-1 and the University of Southern Indiana 3-0.
Coach Dominic Yoder's squad returns to Vandament Arena next weekend (Sept. 13-14) to host the Superior Oasis Wildcat Open. NMU opens the tournament at 9 a.m. on Friday (Sept. 13) against Bemidji State.