INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Michigan University Volleyball started the Midwest Region Conference Crossover Friday afternoon but fell to the University of Missouri - St. Louis 3-1 in the team's first match of the weekend.
| THE FIRST TWO
The first set saw UMSL jump out to an early lead before taking a 25-14 victory. The Wildcats faced a 22-14 deficit in the second set but the team went on an 11-2 rally to tie the match at 25-25.
The Tritons committed three attack errors then sophomore Hailey Wickstrom (Calumet, Mich.) posted a kill from sophomore Alli Yacko (Oak Lawn, Ill.) to make it 22-18. Wickstrom and sophomore Lizzy Stark (Minneapolis, Minn.) then followed an UMSL kill with two kills of their own from freshman Lauren Van Remortel (Carmel, Ind.) to reduce the deficit to 23-20. Freshman Abigail Durecki (South Lyon, Mich.) notched a kill after two UMSL errors and tied the score at 23-23. The teams traded points to tie again at 25-25, but the Tritons were able to score two additional points to win 27-25.
| WINNING THE THIRD
NMU scored the first two points in the third set but UMSL bounced back to take a 9-4 lead. The Wildcats answered with an 8-0 rally to take a 12-9 advantage. Errors from both teams made it 13-10 then Van Remortel smashed a kill to exchange another point with the Tritons to move the NMU lead to 14-11.
The Wildcats then scored five-straight points, extending their lead to 19-11, fueled behind two aces by freshman Madeline Crowley (Green Bay, Wis.). A kill from Stark soon made it 21-14. Sophomore Alyssa Milski (Oregon, Wis.) posted a kill after Triton errors to make it 24-15 and an additional attack error from UMSL gave NMU a 25-16 third set victory.
The fourth set had NMU score the first two points once again, but UMSL rallied to an eventual 25-18 set win and 3-1 match victory.
| STAT LEADERS
Stark led the offensive attack with 13 kills, followed by 11 from Durecki and nine from senior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis.). Van Remortel finished the match with 33 assists
Crowley notched three aces.
Defensively, Yacko led the way with 18 digs with sophomore Lauren Caprini (St. Charles, Ill.) adding 11. Stark and Crowley both chipped in with nine each.
At the net, Dureck paced the squad with seven total blocks while Kuehn had six. Stark, Wickstrom and Van Remortel each tallied three blocks.
| UP NEXT
NMU returns to action Saturday to take on the University of Illinois Springfield at 10 a.m. The team then concludes the Conference Crossover with Cedarville University at 4 p.m.