DETROIT, Mich. -- Wayne State University won the first set, but Northern Michigan University responded to win the next three sets to defeat the Warriors 3-1 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball action.
The Wildcats dropped the opening set, 20-25, but returned the favor with a 25-20 win of their own. They then won the third set 25-16.
In the fourth set, NMU jumped out to a 12-8 lead, but Wayne State came back and took a 16-13 lead for the Warriors. This time the Wildcats jumped back on top with a 21-18 advantage, which WSU answered to the game 22-22. The teams then exchanged leads and ties until 27-27. With the score tied, senior Kayla Chosa (Wrightstown, Wisc.) smashed back-to-back kills from senior Jami Hogeboom (Grand Haven, Mich.) to capture a 29-27 set win and the 3-1 match victory.
Chosa finished the match with a team-high 14 kills. Junior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) added 12 kills and four aces while freshman Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/ Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) chipped in with 11 kills.
Hogeboom ended the night with 49 assists.
The Wildcat defense was led by Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley/Cape Fear CC), who finished with 21 digs. Hogeboom, Monsma and Antunes all achieved 10 digs as well.
Chosa was also a large factor to the defense, posting nine blocks, including three solo blocks to her night. Redshirt sophomore Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay/Wisc./De Pere) added four blocks, with two solo blocks.
Senior Madison Whitehead (Altoona, Wisc.) posted seven kills in the match and now stands alone in eighth place all-time in NMU history. She has notched 1,140 kills in her career.
Chosa is also inching toward a career milestone. She has tallied 94 solo blocks in her career with the Wildcats, and has moved into third place all time. With six more solo blocks, she will become just the third player in school history to achieve 100 solo blocks in a career.
With the win, the Wildcats improved to 11-3 and 5-1 in the GLIAC. The Warriors fell to 9-5, 5-1 in the league. NMU returns to action Saturday afternoon to take on Grand Valley State University in another conference contest.