MIDLAND, Mich. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Volleyball visited Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Northwood University intending to keep their GLIAC Tournament hopes alive and moved one step closer to reaching the tournament after a 3-1 victory over the Timberwolves.
NU took an early lead in the first set, jumping out 7-4. NMU rebounded and eventually took a 14-12 lead. The teams tied again at 17-17 before the Wildcats took a 23-20 lead. The Timberwolves bounced back and tied the match at 24-24, but two attack errors from NU gave NMU the 26-24 first set win.
The Wildcats scored the first point of the second set but the hosts answered and held an eventual 17-12 lead. NMU responded with seven-straight points to take a 19-18 lead and then carried their success through the rest of the set to win 25-21.
In the third set, NU was able to get out early once again and was able to hold on, winning the set 25-21. The fourth set saw the teams stay close until NU went ahead 16-14. However, NMU bounced back and finished the match on an 11-5 run to win the set 25-21 and took the match 3-1.
NMU was led by senior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) who finished with a team-best 19 kills, hitting at a .231 clip. Senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis.-Luxemburg Casco) added 13 kills with junior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) posting nine.
Senior Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Southwest) notched 44 assists on the night and added four kills. She also tied with freshman Lizzy Stark (Minneapolis, Minn./Washburn) to lead the team with two aces.
Senior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, California/San Ramon Valley) paced the defense with 24 digs. Monsma tallied 17 digs and Svoboda aided the effort with 11.
At the net, NMU was led by Kuehn's six total blocks, getting two solo blocks. Sophomore Cierra Martinez (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) contributed four blocks and Liebeck had three.
The Wildcats are now 16-10 on the season and 5-10 in the GLIAC. NMU will now travel to GLIAC leader, and #8 in Division II, Ferris State University Saturday evening for their final regular season match of the season. NMU can still get the eighth seed in the GLIAC Tournament as long as University of Wisconsin-Parkside loses to Grand Valley State University tonight and Davenport University tomorrow afternoon.