MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Northern Michigan University captured the two-seed for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 3-0 sweep over Northwood University to conclude the regular season. Prior to the game, the team honored their three seniors, Kayla Chosa (Wrightstown, Wis.), Jami Hogeboom (Grand Haven, Mich.) and Madison Whitehead (Altoona, Wis.).
The Wildcats proved too strong for the Timberwolves early, winning the first set 25-14. The match got closer in set two, with NMU winning 25-20. In the final set, Northwood came out strong and took an early lead, 8-6. The Wildcats fought back and eventually climbed to a 24-21 lead, but NU bounced back and tied the set at 24-24. Redshirt Sophomore Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) then smashed a kill from an assist by Hogeboom. Freshman Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) finished off the match with an ace that went right through the Northwood player's hands.
Kuehn led the Wildcats with 12 kills and finished with a team-best eight block assists and a solo block. Whitehead posted nine kills with five block assists. Chosa chipped in with six kills and added two solo blocks and two block assists.
Hogeboom finished the night with 35 assists and now sits third all-time in NMU history. Defensively, Hogeboom notched two block assists and nine digs.
Junior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) led the defense with 14 digs and chipped in at the net with a solo block and a block assist. Antunes finished the day with a total of three aces, and tied junior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley/Cape Fear CC) with eight digs.
The Wildcats, 20-7 overall, 12-4 in the GLIAC, will enter the GLIAC Conference Tournament having won the tiebreaker over Michigan Technological University, with both teams tied at 12-4 in the league. NMU hosts Davenport University Wednesday night at 7 p.m.