MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Volleyball takes a break from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action as they travel to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Midwest Regional Volleyball Crossover Friday and Saturday.
The crossover consists of teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and consists of 38 teams in total. The Wildcats will being the weekend with Cedarville University at 2:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, NMU takes on the University of Southern Indiana at 10 a.m. and concludes with Missouri University of Science and Technology at 4 p.m.
Fans can follow @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter for continued updates throughout the week. The Crossover also features a website that can be found HERE.
Information on the Midwest Regional Crossover is available: http://gliac.org/sports/wvball/2018-19/crossover/central
Live stats for Friday's 2:30 match against Cedarville is not available at this time.
Live stats for Saturday's match with Southern Indiana is available at https://gousieagles.com/sidearmstats/wvball/summary
Live stats for the team's final match against Missouri S & T is available at https://minerathletics.com/sidearmstats/wvball/summary
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats split their two matchups last weekend, falling in five sets to the University of Wisconsin Parkside Friday night and then defeating Purdue University Northwest Saturday afternoon.
Friday night, NMU dropped the first two sets before storming back to win the third and fourth set to force a fifth set. In the fifth set, NMU went ahead 5-2 before Parkside came back to take a 13-9 lead. The Wildcats then made another comeback, tying the set at 14-14, but the hosts scored two quick points to win the match 3-2.
The Wildcats bounced back and defeated PNW 3-0 Saturday behind a season-high 10 aces.
| COMING UP ACES
Fueling the team's successs in Saturday's match was their season-best 10 aces. Junior Gabriela Martinez (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista/Rio Piedras) notched a career-high five aces in the effort. Senior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley) added three. Seniors Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) and Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Southwest) both added an ace to the effort.
On the season, Monsma has a team-best 19 aces while freshman Alli Yacko (Oak Lawn, Ill.) has 18. Six players have amassed double-figure aces so far this season.
| SKONNING KILLS IT
Senior Jessica Skonning (Lagrange, Ill./Lyons Township) tied for the team's lead in Saturday's victory over PNW. The senior came in and finished with nine kills on 15 attempts, hitting at a .600 clip due to no attack errors in her effort.
| 1000's CLUB
Braunschweig became the 16th Wildcat to achieve 1,000 digs in her career in the team's match with Wayne State University earlier this season. Monsma is soon to become the 17th to achieve the feat as she enters this weekend with 994 digs in her career. Monsma achieved the 100 aces milestone earlier in her career.
Svoboda has totaled 939 assists in her career, putting her 61 assists from 1,000 in her career. The setter will become the 16th player in program history to achieve the mark.
Three players on this year's squad have notched multiple double-doubles this season. Sophomore Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) has achieved 11 double-doubles this season to lead the squad. She leads the team with 213 kills and is second with 242 digs.
Monsma has achieved eight double-doubles this year, with her most recent one coming Friday at Parkside. Svoboda has seven double-doubles and is leading the team with 698 assists on the season.
| NMU VERSUS CEDARVILLE
Friday will mark the fifth matchup between the two schools, with NMU holding a 3-1 advantage in the series. Earlier this season, NMU defeated the Yellow Jackets 3-1 at the University of Springfield Capital Classic on opening weekend. Antunes finished tied for a team-best 11 kils and led the team with 15 digs in the victory. Cedarville is 8-12 on the season but are 7-6 in G-MAC play.
| NMU VERSUS USI
Saturday's match will give one team an advantage as the two schools are tied at 4-4 in the all-time series, and split the last four matchups. The Eagles are currently 8-12 on the season and 2-10 in the GLVC and enter the weekend looking to end a five-match losing streak.
| NMU VERSUS MISSOURI S&T
The NMU match against Missouri S&T is also the fifth matchup between the schools and the first since 2013. The Wildcats were victories in the last matchup but the Miners hold a 3-1 all-time lead in the series. Missouri S&T enters the weekend at 12-8 overall and 5-6 in the GLVC.