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Volleyball Starts Busy Week With Michigan Tech Tuesday

Volleyball Starts Busy Week With Michigan Tech Tuesday

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Volleyball hosts three matches this week, starting the week by taking on rival Michigan Technological University Tuesday.  The Wildcats then host Ferris State University Friday and finish a busy week of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action with Northwood University Saturday.



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.

Tuesday vs. Michigan Tech

Time: 7 p.m.
Twitter updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/boxscores/20180911_e6qb.xml
Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/

The match will also be broadcasted locally on TV6.

Friday vs. Ferris State

Time: 7 p.m.
Twitter updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/boxscores/20180914_icwt.xml
Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/

Saturday vs. Northwood

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Twitter updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/boxscores/20180915_9078.xml
Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/


The first 500 fans in attendance at Tuesday's match will be given an NMU Rally Towel to help support the NMU Wildcats. 


The Wildcats started the season 9-0, the best start to a season since 2010.  NMU has also started each match on top, winning the first set in all ten matches they have played this season.  In their nine victories, the team has also captured the second set to start the match 2-0.


NMU has started the season hot in large part because of their hitting.  The Wildcats are second in the conference with 589 kills and 13.82 kills per set. Junior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) is leading the GLIAC by hitting .364 this year.  Sophomore Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) is third in the league with 144 total kills and with her 3.69 kills per set. Senior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) is seventh with 125 kills and eighth with 3.21 kills per set. Senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco) adds 106 kills this season. 


Setting up the hitters is senior Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Southwest) who is second in the league with 390 assists and third by averaging 10.83 assists per set. 


Senior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley) is fourth in the GLIAC with 168 digs on the season. Antunes has added 136 while Monsma has chipped in with 114. For their careers, both Braunschweig and Monsma are quickly approaching 1,000 digs. Braunschweig has notched 931 career digs and Monsma has totaled 898.


The teams split their two matchups last year, with each team winning on the road, but Tech took a 3-1 victory over NMU in last season's GLIAC Tournament. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 85-20 but the teams have split their season matchups the past three seasons.


NMU holds a 48-45 advantage in the overall series, with the team's splitting their two contests last season.  The Wildcats defeated FSU 3-2 last season in Vandament Arena.  This season, the Bulldogs enter the week 7-3 overall, 2-0 in the GLIAC and are ranked #11.


The Wildcats have won the past four contests, and six of the past seven between the teams. NMU defeated the Timberwolves 3-0 in both matchups last season. Entering the week, NU has posted a 5-5 overall record and are 2-0 in the GLIAC.