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Wildcats Defeat Northwood In Fifth Set

Wildcats Defeat Northwood In Fifth Set

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Volleyball won their third five-set match as they defeated Northwood University 3-2 Saturday afternoon for their second Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season.

  SET SCORES

The Wildcats defeated the Timberwolves 25-15 in the first set, but NU responded by winning the second set 25-19. With it tied at 1-1, NMU controlled the majority of the third set to win 25-16 and lead the match 2-1.

In a tight fourth set, the teams were close throughout but the guests held on to win it 25-23 and force a fifth set.

In the deciding set, NMU faced an early deficit but rebounded and eventually pulled out a 15-12 fifth set win to take the 3-2 victory.  The team has now faced three five-set matches this season and has won all three.

  ATTACKING THEIR DEFENSE

The Wildcats saw four players reach double-digit kills, led by sophomore Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) who had 14. Senior Autumn Monmsa (Grand Haven, Mich.) posted 13 kills and senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco) added 12. Junior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) chipped in with 10.

Senior Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Southwest) finished the match with 46 assists and three aces. Freshman Alli Yacko (Oak Lawn, Ill.) also notched three aces.

  DIGGING IT OUT

Yacko paced the team's defense with 26 digs, leading five Wildcats in double-figures. Antunes had 20 for the match while Svoboda tallied 12. Both Monsma and senior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley) totaled 10.

  BLOCKING THE NET

The Wildcats finished with eight total blocks and Kuehn led the way with five blocks, two solo blocks and four block assists. Liebeck aided the effort with four block assists. Svoboda had one solo block and a block assist while sophomore Cierra Martinez (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) posted two block assists.

  UP NEXT

With the victory, NMU improves to 10-3 on the season and are now 2-3 in the conference. Northwood fell to 5-7 overall and are also 2-3 in the GLIAC. Northern Michigan returns to action next Friday and will host Grand Valley State University in Vandament Arena. On Saturday, the Wildcats host Davenport University on Homecoming.