MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Volleyball team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and heads to rival Michigan Technological University for their only matchup of the week Friday night.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats hosted their final home matches of the season last weekend and took both Saginaw Valley State University and Lake Superior State University to five sets, picking up a 3-2 victory over LSSU Saturday on Senior Day. In Friday's match, NMU won the first two sets but dropped the third and fourth set to force a fifth set. NMU jumped to an early in the deciding set, but the Cardinals, who have clinced a GLIAC Tournament spot, came back to win 15-13.
After honoring the seniors prior to Saturday's match, Northern Michigan won the first set 25-17 and the third set 25-17 but the Lakers won the second and fourth to send NMU into another five-set match. This time the Wildcats held on and cruised to a 15-5 victory for their 15th win of the season.
| WINNING WAYS
The Wildcats come into Friday's match having won five of their last six matches. NMU started their recent success with a 3-1 victory over Purdue University-Northwest 3-1, then captured three victories at the Midwest Region Conference Crossover. At the Crossover, the team defeated Cedarville University, University of Southern Indiana and Missouri University of Science & Technology. The only two losses in the month of October are in five-set matches.
| GETTING KILLS
In their past seven matches the Wildcats have averaged 12.7 kills per set while only allowing 9.8 kills a set. Senior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) has led the way with 100 kills. Senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco) has added 74 while junior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) has chipped in with 72. Senior Jessica Skonning (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) has aided the effort with 64 kills. As a team, the Wildcats have hit at a .234 clip.
| DISHING IT OUT
Senior setter Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Southwest) has been key during the run as she has averaged 10 assists per set in October. Svoboda has dished out 291 assists and has pushed her season total to 919. Earlier this month she became the 16th player in school history to achieve 1,000 assists in her career.
| GETTING DEFENSIVE
Senior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley) has led the team with 124 digs, averaging 4.28 per set with Monsma contributing 3.14 digs a set for a total of 91 digs. Earlier in the season, Braunschweig became the 16th player to achieve 1,000 digs in. a career while Monsma became the 17th to achieve the feat in the team's victory over Cedarville.
At the net, Kuehn has posted a team-best 31 total blocks which includes seven solo blocks. Svoboda and sophomore Cierra Martinez (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) has chipped in with 16 each. Liebeck has 12 blocks this month.
| NMU VERSUS MICHIGAN TECH
The Wildcats enter Friday's match looking for revenge after falling to the Huskies earlier in the season. While Michigan Tech claimed the first matchup this season, NMU holds an 85-21 all-time advantage, including a 10-match winning streak from 2010-2014.