MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball teams travels for its first two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches outside of the U.P. this weekend. The Wildcats play at Wayne State on Friday (Oct. 4) and Findlay on Saturday (Oct. 5). Friday's match is at 7 p.m. with Saturday's at 2 p.m.
Coach Dominic Yoder's squad is 10-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference after winning two of its last three matches. NMU split over the weekend with a shutout victory against Lake Erie on Friday (Sept. 27), before falling in five sets to Ashland on Saturday (Sept. 28). On Tuesday, the Wildcats traveled to Michigan Tech, where NMU came out on top 3-1.
In Tuesday's match, senior Sarah Hamilton led the team with a career-high of 18 kills. Senior Lina Lopes leads the Wildcats with 188 kills on the season, with senior Kalli Herron (160) and Hamilton (139) not far behind. Sophomore Alex Berger runs the defense with 167 digs on the season and Lopes is second with 161. Senior Kellisha Harley sets up the offense with 560 assists.
Wayne State (7-6, 4-1 GLIAC) is also 2-1 in its last three matches on the road. The Warriors lost its first conference match of the season, 3-1 to Saginaw Valley State on Friday. At Lake Superior State on Saturday, WSU took the match 3-1 and then defeated Findlay in five sets on Saturday.
Kristen Bulkiewicz leads the Warriors with 172 kills, Macy Steenhuysen has 157 digs and Madison Reeves leads the offense with 445 assists on the season.
NMU holds the 36-19 advantage over the Warriors and are 17-3 in the last 20 meetings. WSU has taken the last three matches, including a 3-1 win last season at Vandament Arena.
Findlay (10-4, 3-2 GLIAC) enters the week after two shutout victories and a loss in its last three matches. The Oilers swept LSSU on Friday and SVSU on Saturday on the road. On Tuesday, Findlay hosted and fell 3-2 to Wayne State.
Mackenzie Vorst leads the Oilers with 133 kills and Danielle Taflinger has 119. Becca Shoemaker has 96 digs for the season with Brittany Hall (95) and Jacqui Endre (91) in a close second and third, respectively. Amanda Calhoun sets up the offense with 456 assists.
The Wildcats lead the series against the Oilers, 12-7. NMU has won four out of the last five meetings. Last season, the Oilers took the match 3-1 in Marquette.
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