SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Northern Michigan University Volleyball defeated Cedarville University 3-0 in for their third win of the Capital Classic and are off to their best start since the 2010 season.
The Wildcats proved too much for the Yellow Jackets as they took the first two sets by the same 25-14 score. Cedarville bounced back in the fourth set and won 25-19 but the Wildcats rebounded to capture the fourth set 25-19 and the match victory
Offensively, Sophomore Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) and senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis. / Luxemburg-Casco) led the team with 11 kills each. Junior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) added eight kills.
Antunes also led the defense with 15 digs for her second double-double of the season. Senior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) chipped in with 13 digs while seniors Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley) and Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./ Minneapolis Southwest) both posted 10 digs each.
Svoboda also notched 31 assists for the match and got her second double-double of the season.
NMU benefitted from their serves as well, with Monsma recording four aces and freshman Alli Yacko (Oak Lawn, Ill.) contributing two.
With their three-straight wins, the Wildcats post their best start to a season since 2010, when the team started the year with 17-straight victories and made the NCAA Tournament. NMU will return to action Saturday night and take on the hosts, University of Illinois-Springfield at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.