MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Northern Michigan University's volleyball team hits the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference matchups this weekend.
The weekend begins with the Wildcats visiting Northwood University at 7 p.m. On Saturday, NMU heads to Ferris State University to take on the #7 Bulldogs at 3 p.m.
Neither game will have available video but both can be followed using live stats found on nmuwildcats.com.
Last time out:
NMU enters the weekend after defeating rival Michigan Technical University 3-1 on Tuesday. In the match, the Wildcats overpowered the Huskies at the net, finishing with 62 blocks and 17 total blocks. Senior Kayla Chosa (Wrightstown, Wisc.) finished with her first career double-double, posting 15 kills and 10 blocks.
Whitehead moves up to ninth:
Senior Madison Whitehead (Altoona, Wisc.) moved up to ninth place in NMU history posting 16 kills Tuesday night. She now has 1,119 kills in her career. This season, she leads the team with a total of 119 kills.
Protecting the net:
The Wildcats are currently in all of Division II volleyball with 2.96 blocks per set. The team is also third in the country with 115 total team blocks. Individually, Chosa is ranked 13th nationally with 1.38 blocks per set. Redshirt sophomore Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wisc./De Pere) is 33rd at 1.23 blocks a set. In total, Chosa is even better, ranked 11th with 54 blocks with Kuehn remaining at 33rd with 48.
Junior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) is 12th in the country and leads the GLIAC with 23 aces. On Tuesday, she posted three aces. She notched a season best five aces against Bemidji State University during the Keweenaw Classic.
Assisting the team:
Senior Jami Hogeboom (Grand Haven, Mich.) paces the Wildcats with 419 assists on the season. She is averaging 10.34 assists which places her 34th in Division II with 10.74 assists per set.
First Year Success:
Freshman Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) has made an immediate impact in her first season. She is third on the team in kills while leading the team with 369 total attempts. She is fifth on the team in aces, 7, and blocks, 17. She is also second with 125 total digs.
Dig it up:
Junior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley/Cape Fear CC) has notched a team-best 170 kills this year. She has achieved 20 digs in a match three times as her season high was 23 against St. Cloud State University. She also recorded 21 against Northwest Missouri State University and 20 with Quincy University.
Northwood at a glance:
The Timberwolves last played Tuesday but fell to Ferris State 3-0. They are also in the midst of a three-game losing streak, falling to Davenport University and Purdue University-Northwest.
Ferris State last time out:
The Bulldogs come into the game 3-0 in the GLIAC. Overall, they are 9-2, with their only losses against #1 Southwest Minnesota State University and #3 Lewis University. The #7 Bulldogs rank first in the GLIAC in kills per set and solo blocks.
NMU versus Northwood:
NMU is 39-26 against the Northwood, winning the last two matchups between the two teams. Last year, the two went a full five sets. After dropping the first two sets, Northern Michigan took the final three sets to win the match.
NMU versus Ferris State:
The Wildcats hold a slight edge over the Bulldogs in the series with a 47-44 advantage in the matchup's history. In their last four meetings, the two are an even 2-2. Last year, Ferris State got the best of NMU 3-0.