MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Volleyball returns to Vandament Arena Saturday afternoon to take on rival Michigan Technological University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.
Keep up with how the Wildcats are doing this weekend and in the future by following @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter.
Local fans will also be able to watch the match as TV6 will be broadcasting on 6.3 Grit TV and channel 192 on Charter.
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats picked up two victories last weekend. On Friday night, they visited Purdue University Northwest, winning the first set 25-18 and the second set 25-20. The team then dropped the third set 25-23 before winning the match 3-1 with a 25-17 fourth set victory.
They then visited University of Wisconsin Parkside Saturday afternoon and collected their third sweep of the GLIAC season and fourth this year by winning 25-18, 25-20 and 26-24 for the 3-0 victory.
| PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis.) was named the GLIAC North Player of the Week, the first award this year for the volleyball team. Kuehn led the Wildcats with 24 kills over the weekend, averaging 3.43 kills per set. She notched 13 kills at Purdue Northwest and 11 kills at Parkside. The senior was on target all weekend as she finished with just one error on a total of 38 attempts and hit at a .605 clip.
Defensively, she tallied seven digs from her middle blocker position and added four blocks across two matches. Kuehn is now third in the GLIAC with 77 blocks this season and is ranked seventh in school history with 331 total blocks in her career.
| HITTING SUCCESS
Two Wildcats are ranked in the GLIAC for their hitting. Sophomore Lizzy Stark (Minneapolis, Minn.) is fourth in the league with 3.57 kills per set and has 311 kills this season.
Freshman Abigail Durecki (South Lyon, Mich.) is third with a hitting percentage of .331. The freshman has a total of 221 kills this year on 498 attempts, committing just 56 errors. She provides NMU 2.48 kills per set from her middle blocker position.
| COMING UP ACES
NMU has 104 aces this season, led by 27 from Durecki. Stark has chipped in with 18 aces while sophomore Lauren Caprini (St. Charles, Ill.) posted 17. Freshman Lauren Van Remortel (Carmel, Ind.) and sophomore Alli Yacko (Oak Lawn, Ill.) both have 15 this year.
| PUMPKIN CONTEST
The volleyball team has decorated several pumpkins in preparation for Halloween this year and asks the Marquette Community to judge. The team's pumkins will be available to view in the hallway next to the entrance to Vandament Arena and all fans are encouraged to vote on their favorite. The winners will be announced by the NMU Volleyball team.
| NMU VERSUS TECH
The Wildcats hold an 85-23 all-time advantage over Michigan Tech in a series that dates back to the 1976 season. The Huskies won a close three set match earlier this season in Houghton, winning the final two sets by four points.
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, the Wildcats will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.