MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The volleyball team for Northern Michigan University hosts Saginaw Valley State University and Lake Superior State University in the squads first weekend of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference action.
On Friday, the Wildcats host Saginaw Valley at 7 p.m. for their first match in Vandament Arena in 2017. They follow by taking on Lake Superior State Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Both matches feature live stats and video available on the nmuwildcats.com website.
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Last Time Out: NMU went 3-1 at the Keweenaw Classic last weekend, defeating University of Mary, St. Cloud St. University and Bemidji St. University with the same 3-0 scores. Seniors Madison Whitehead (Altoona, Wisc.) and Kayla Chosa (Wrightstown, Wisc.) were named All-Tournament Team after the weekend concluded.
Player of the Week:
Whitehead was named GLIAC Player of the week after the Keweenaw Classic at Michigan Technical University this past weekend. NMU has captured Player of the Week honors both weeks as Chosa earned the first GLIAC Player of the Week award of the season.
Moving up the rankings:
Senior Jamie Hogeboom (Grand Haven, Mich.) has posted 287 assists so far this season, which currently places her sixth all-time in NMU history. For her career, she has notched 2,798 assists. To reach the top five, Hogeboom needs to record 637 more. She is currently ranked 50th nationally with 10.25 assists per set, while she ranks 55th overall for total assists.
Chosa and Whitehead were named to the Keweenaw Classic All-Tournament Team this past weekend. Chosa posted 35 kills and 20 total blocks in four matches while Whitehead tallied 43 kills and 16 blocks.
Leading the GLIAC:
Junior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) currently leads the GLIAC with 18 aces this season. She is also 13th in the NCAA for aces, and her .64 aces per set finds her 33rd in the NCAA.
Protecting the Net:
The Wildcats are currently fourth in all DII volleyball by averaging 2.77 blocks per set. As a team, the Wildcats rank 12th national for total blocks. The team is lead by Chosa's 37 total blocks, including seven solo. Chosa is now tied for third place in school history with 86 solo blocks and fifth for total blocks with 350. Nationally, Chosa is ranked 22nd with 1.32 blocks per set and 26th for for blocks. She is assisted by redshirt sophomore Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wisc./De Pere), who's 1.21 blocks per set finds her 44th and her 34 blocks places her 39th nationally.
Saginaw Valley Last Time Out:
The Cardinals enter Friday's match looking to end a six-match losing streak. SVSU has struggled to win sets, winning their first set on Saturday for the first time since opening day, a 3-0 victory over Glenville.
NMU versus Saginaw Valley:
In recent years, the teams have competed tightly, with NMU holding a 9-7 advantage over the past 10 years, including defeating the Cardinals twice last season. The series between the two dates back to 1976 with NMU winning the first-ever match 3-0.
Lake Superior Last Time Out:
The Lakers are in the midst of a five-match losing streak, including a tough weekend at the Keweenaw Classic this past weekend. LSSU's last victory was their first match of the season, a 3-0 sweep over Trinity International.
NMU versus Lake Superior:
In a series that dates back to the inaugural season of 1974, the Wildcats have shown dominance over the Lakers, winning the last 23 matchups. Lake Superior State's last victory over NMU came in 2005 with a 3-2 victory. During this 23-match win streak, NMU has won with 15 sweeps.