KENOSA, Wis. – After dropping the first two sets, Northern Michigan University Volleyball bounced back to force a fifth set, but their comeback fell short as they fell 16-14 in the final set to drop the match 3-2 to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Friday night.
| SET SCORES
Parkside captured the first set 25-18 and the second set 25-15 to take an early 2-0 lead. NMU rebounded in the third set to win 25-15, then carried momentum into the fourth set and took a 25-19 victory to tie the match and force a deciding fifth set. The hosts jumped out to a quick lead and eventually led the set 13-9. However, the Wildcats bounced back and tied the set at 14-14, but back-to-back points by the hosts gave them a 16-14 set win and match victory.
| THE TEAM'S OFFENSE
Senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco) led the offense with 13 kills, hitting .290 on the night. Senior Autumn Mosnma (Grand Haven, Mich.) chipped in with 12 kills and hit at a .233 clip. Junior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) added eight kills.
| ASSISTING THE EFFORT
Senior Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Southwest) finished the match with a team-high 38 assists and also notched three aces. Monsma and sophomore Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) aided the effort with an ace each. Freshman Abby Fortune (Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) contributed six assists.
| THE DEFENSE
Senior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley) led the team's defense with 23 digs. Monsma notched 11 digs and is now just 17 digs away from achieving 1,000 in her career. Svoboda had nine while Antunes had eight to help the defense.
At the net, Kuehn finished with a team-best five total blocks. Monsma and Svoboda both recorded two blocks to help out.
| UP NEXT
NMU fell to 10-8 for the season and 2-8 in league play and will look to pick up a GLIAC victory Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats head to University of Purdue Northwest for a 3 p.m. start.