2 NCAA National Championships

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#23 Wildcats Open GLIAC Schedule with Road Trip

#23 Wildcats Open GLIAC Schedule with Road Trip

MARQUETTE, Mich.— Northern Michigan University Volleyball will look to continue their hot start as the #23 ranked Wildcats open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action this weekend.

NMU takes on Lake Superior State University Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. then heads to Saginaw Valley State University for a 2 p.m start Saturday.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

Fans can use the following links to follow this weekend's contests. These links can also be found on the team schedule or composite calendar at NMUwildcats.com.

Friday at Lake State
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: http://www.nmuwildcats.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/boxscores/20180907_n00w.xml
Live video is not available for the match.

Sunday vs. Saginaw Valley
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: http://www.svsucardinals.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/boxscores/20180908_56bl.xml
Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/saginawvalley/

  LAST TIME OUT

The Wildcats picked up four wins last weekend during the Wildcat Open, hosted in Vandament Arena.  After a 3-0 victory over the University of Minnesota-Crookston, the Wildcats upset the nations #1 ranked team, University of Minnesota-Duluth, winning 3-1.  The team returned Saturday afternoon and defeated Bemidji State University 3-0 and St. Cloud State University 3-1. 

  RANKED 23

With their 8-0 start which includes three sweeps and a victory over the #1 ranked team, NMU is currently ranked #23 nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.  The Wildcats received 185 points and are the second GLIAC team to be ranked this season. 

  GLIAC NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sophomore outside hitter Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week. Antunes led the Wildcats with 64 kills, hitting .340 in four matches during the Wildcat Open.  She also finished second on the team with 42 digs and four aces. In the team's victory over Duluth, she recorded 21 kills and 10 digs. 

  GLIAC STAT RANKINGS

The Wildcats feature several players ranked in the top five among the GLIAC.  Junior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) paces the league with a .405 hitting percentage while senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis. / Luxemburg-Casco) is fifth. Senior Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Southwest) averages a league best 11.13 assists per set and second with 334 assists on the season.  Antunes is fourth with 3.80 kills per set and third with 114 kills.

As a team, the Wildcats pace the league with 14.33 kills per set and a .274 hitting percentage. They are also lead the GLIAC with 13.33 assists per set.

  WILDCATS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

The Wildcats are eighth nationally with 14.33 assists per set. With 430 total kills they are 17th in Division II and their 400 assists puts them 24th. Individually, Svoboda is 14th in assists per set and 17th in total assists. Kuehn is 27th in hitting percentage while Antunes is 29th in kills.

  NMU VERSUS LAKE STATE

Friday's matchup with be the 101st all-time meeting with the Lakers.  Over the first 100 meetings, NMU holds an 83-16-1 lead in the series, including a current 26-match winning streak.  Last season, the Wildcats defeated LSSU with two sweeps.  The Lakers enter Friday's contest at 1-7 overall, picking up their first win of the season in a 3-2 victory of Bemidji State Saturday at the Wildcat Open.

  NMU VERSUS SAGINAW VALLEY

NMU holds a 58-10 series lead over the Cardinals and have won the past four meetings. The Cardinals will take on Michigan Technological University Friday night, but enter the weekend at 6-2 on the season but have dropped their last two outings.