KENOSHA, Wis. – Northern Michigan University visited the University of Wisconsin Parkside Saturday afternoon for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup and collected their third sweep of the GLIAC season and fourth this year by defeating the Rangers 3-0.
| GOOD START
NMU took an early lead in the first set, pulling head 10-4 after a kill by freshman Abigail Durecki (South Lyon, Mich.). Sophomore Lizzy Stark (Minneapolis, Minn.) soon converted back to back kills to move the Wildcats lead up to 14-8. The Rangers managed to pull within 16-12, but NMU answered with a four-point rally to make it 20-12, and soon had a 24-15 advantage after a kill by sophomore Alyssa Milski (Oregon, Wis.). After three points from Parkside, Durecki got the set-winning kill from freshman Lauren Van Remortel (Carmel, Ind.) to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead after a 25-18 set win.
| WINNING TWO
The Wildcats pulled ahead 10-4 with a kill by sophomore Hailey Wickstrom (Calumet, Mich.) and soon held a 14-7 lead after kills from Stark, Wickstrom and Durecki, and an ace by freshman Madeline Crowley (Green Bay, Wis.). Parkside was able to fight back, pulling the match to a 21-20 NMU advantage. However, Durecki got a kill followed by a block from Van Remortel and senior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis.) before two errors by the hosts gave the Wildcats a 25-20 second set win.
| FINISHING THE MATCH
Parkside jumped out to an early 5-2 lead but the Wildcats fought back to tie it at 15-15. The teams continued to battle until the match was tied at 20-20. Wickstrom and Kuehn both notched kills to answer Parkside points, then NMU took a lead after a bad set by the Rangers to make it 23-22. After the Rangers tied it at 23-23, Kuehn tallied another kill which Parkside answered, bringing the score to a 24-24 tie. Stark and Durecki then sealed the victory with a kill each to give the Wildcats a 26-24 set victory and a 3-0 sweep over the Rangers.
| STAT LEADERS
Wickstrom paced the Wildcats with 12 kills on 20 attempts, committing no errors for a hitting percentage of .600. Kuehn added 11 kills with just one error on 18 attempts, hitting at a .556 clip.
Stark added 10 kills while Durecki chipped in with nine. Van Remortel recorded 36 assists. Stark also had two aces.
Van Remortel finished with a team best four blocks while Kuehn posted two.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats are now 10-12 on the season and 6-5 in the GLIAC while Parkside moves to 8-15 overall, 3-8 in league play. NMU returns to action next Saturday to take on rival Michigan Technological University in Vandament Arena.