MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Volleyball team returns to Vandament Arena for the final time this season and will host Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes Saginaw Valley State University Friday night and Lake Superior State University on Saturday for Senior Day.
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Friday vs. SVSU
Time: 7 P.M.
Live Stats: http://www.nmuwildcats.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/boxscores/20181019_grdx.xml
Saturday vs. LSSU
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Live Stats: http://www.nmuwildcats.com/sports/wvball/2018-19/boxscores/20181020_5fqg.xml
| LAST TIME OUT
This past weekend the Wildcats competed in the Midwest Region Conference Crossover and was the only GLIAC school to finish undefeated. The Wildcats opened the weekend by defeating Cedarville 3-1, winning a close first and fourth set, and overpowering the Yellow Jackets in the second set.
On Saturday, NMU faced a 23-19 deficit in the first set but scored six straight points to close out the set and win it 25-23. After dropping the second set, the team answered with the first eight points of the third set on their way to a 25-14 second set win and continued their rally with a 25-17 victory in the third set to win the match 3-1.
The Crossover ended with NMU taking a 12-3 lead in the first set to cruise to a 25-15 win, and then held on to win the second set 25-22 and 25-23.
| PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) was named GLIAC North Player of the week. Monsma led the Wildcats with 45 kills while hitting at .318 for the weekend. She also was second on the team with 28 digs and seven blocks over three matches to earn All-Tournament Team honors as well.
| 1000 CLUB
Three seniors have reached the 1,000 club during their career at NMU. Senior Rachel Braunschweig (Alamo, Calif./San Ramon Valley) achieved her 1,000th dig at Wayne State, making her the 16th player in NMU history to do so. Senior Autumn Monsma (Grand Haven, Mich.) achieved the mark in the team's first match at the Conference Crossover to be the 17th.
Senior Lynzi Svoboda (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis, Minn.) became the 16th player in the programs history to achieve 1,000 assists in her career. At the Midwest Regional Crossover Svoboda had a total of 116 assists putting her career total at 1,055.
| SENIORS LEADING THE WAY
The Wildcats need just one more win to post their fourth-straight 15-win season, with this year's senior class playing a prominent role. Braunschweig is leading the defense with 324 digs while Monsma is third on the team.
Offensively, Monsma paces the team with 243 kills and is second with 22 aces. Svoboda has tallied 814 assists so far this season. Senior Maggie Liebeck (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco) started the year strong by winning the season's first GLIAC Player of the Week and is third on the team with 222 kills. Senior Jessica Skonning (LaGrange, Wis./Lyons Township) served as a serving specialist to start the season but has stepped into a larger role offensively with 37 kills over the team's last five matches.
| NMU VERSUS SVSU
The Wildcats enter Friday's match looking to avenge a 3-1 loss to SVSU early this season. NMU has defeated Saginaw Valley State 58 out of the 69 times they've faced either. The Cardinals posted a 1-2 record last weekend at the Crossover but enter the match at 15-7 overall with an 8-3 conference record.
| NMU VERSUS LSSU
The teams forced a fifth set which NMU held on to win 3-2 to give the Wildcats their 27th straight victory over the Lakers. LSSU finished the Crossover 2-1 and come into the weekend 5-17 overall and are 2-9 on the season.