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      Second ranked Minnesota-Duluth defeats NMU Volleyball

      Courtesy: NMU

      The Northern Michigan University volleyball team was shutout on the road at No. 2-ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth on Tuesday (Oct. 8) evening. NMU falls to 12-5 overall. UMD took the first two sets 25-17 and the third set 25-12 in the non-conference match from Romano Gymnasium.

      The Wildcats led the majority of set number one until the Bulldogs tied the game at 14. UMD tied it two more times before taking the 19-17 lead. UMD scored the final six points for the win on Elizabeth Benusa's serve.

      In the second set, the Bulldogs led from the beginning, leading by as many as nine. The Wildcats got within two points (9-11) midway through the set before the Bulldogs went on to score the next five points to lead 16-9.

      UMD (16-1) also set the pace in the third set by going up 5-0 before NMU got on the board. The Wildcats trailed by four more points for the set and closed it out 25-12.

      Freshman Alex Larsen led NMU with 10 kills while senior Lina Lopes added eight. Sophomore Alex Berger set up the defense with 13 digs and senior Kellisha Harley had 24 assists on the night.

      For the Bulldogs, Katie Lange led with 14 kills and Monica Turner added eight. Julie Rainey tallied 11 digs and Katie Ledwell finished with 10.

      NMU takes its 6-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record back home this weekend for a pair of matches against South Division opponents. The 'Cats host Malone on Friday (Oct. 11) at 7 p.m. and Walsh on Saturday (Oct. 12) at 4 p.m. from Vandament Arena.