Volleyball Hosts Davenport in GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals Wednesday

Volleyball Hosts Davenport in GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals Wednesday

MARQUETTE, Mich.  -- Northern Michigan University's Volleyball Team will host Davenport University Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinals. 

The Wildcats received the #2 seed for the tournament after winning the tiebreaker with Michigan Technological University, who is the #3 seed. 

Tickets for the quarterfinals match are available through the NMU Ticket Office.  Adult tickers are $5.  Students and kids can attain tickets for $3, with children under two getting into the match for free.  Groups of ten or more can attain tickets at a reduced rate, $2.

Wednesday game can be followed with video and live stats

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GAME NOTES

Kuehn earns Player of the Week:  Redshirt sophomore Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis./De Pere) was named the GLIAC Volleyball North Player of the Week after the Wildcats picked up two victories over the weekend.  Kuehn posted 30 kills and finished with 17 blocks in the two matches, including 18 kills and eight blocks in a 3-2 victory over #17 Ferris State University Friday.

Hogeboom reaches fourth:  This weekend, senior Jami Hogeboom (Grand Haven, Mich.) moved up to fourth all-time for assists at NMU.  In her time as a Wildcat, she has posted 3,621 assists in her career.  This season, she leads the GLIAC with a total of 1110 assists, and is averaging 11.10 assists per set. 

Whitehead approaches third place:  Senior Madison Whitehead (Altoona, Wis.) has achieved 1,297 career kills which ranks fourth all-time.  She enters Wednesday match just five kills away from moving into third place.  For the season, she has 300 kills.

Blocking Pair: Kuehn and senior Kayla Chosa (Wrightstown, Wis.) have paced the Wildcats all season in blocks. Currently ranked first and second in the GLIAC, Kuehn has tallied 139 blocks while Chosa has achieved 130.  Kuehn is ranked fifth in all NCAA Division II while the Wildcats continue to pace the nation with 2.97 blocks per set.  Their 296.5 total blocks are ranked second, a half-block behind the nation's leader. 

NMU Top Seasons: Several Wildcats have posted top-ten seasons in NMU history.  Kuehn's 118 block assists are sixth-best while her 1.39 blocks per set average is fourth.  She has also achieved seventh in total blocks with 139.  Chosa boasts the school's fifth-best season with 1.30 blocks per set and is eight with a .377 attack percentage. Junior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley/Cape Fear CC) is posting NMU's fifth-best season with 4.19 digs per set.

Serving up aces: The Wildcats lead the league by averaging 1.54 aces per set and are second with 154 aces on the season.  Junior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) leads the team with 38 aces, and is just three aces shy of achieving 100 in her career.  Hogeboom has amassed 28 while freshman Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil/Colegio Ofelia Fonseca) has added 26 during her first season. 

GLIAC Tournament bracket:  Ferris State University captured a victory over Michigan Technological University Saturday to attain the top seed of this season's GLIAC Tournament and will host Ashland University, the eight seed.  Michigan Tech fell to the third seed and will play host to Tiffin University.  Grand Valley State University, the four seed, will host Wayne State University, seeded fifth.  The top remaining seed will then host the semifinals and championship game over the weekend. 

GLIAC Tournament history:  Northern Michigan enters the tournament seeking their first postseason victory since a 3-2 victory over Findlay University in 2013.  Their last GLIAC Tournament Championship came in the 2003 season.  Dating back to the first GLIAC Tournament, starting in 1995, the Wildcats have an overall tournament record of 21-18. 

Davenport at a Glance: Davenport enters Wednesday's match on a three-match win streak, defeating Ashland University, Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University in 3-2 fashion each time.  On the season, the Panthers have posted a 13-14 overall record and are 9-7 in the GLIAC. 

NMU versus Davenport: The Wildcats defeated Davenport 3-0 earlier this season, winning the sets 25-11, 25-14 and 25-20, in what was the first-ever matchup between the schools.

 

 

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