MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Volleyball team is excited to get started this season and look to achieve their fifth-straight winning season after the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll was released.
The Wildcats will be led by two-time All-GLIAC performer, senior Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis.). Kuehn will return as a team captain after leading the team with a total of 107 blocks and second on the team with 276 kills. The senior posted a .281 hitting percentage to lead the way among players with over 100 kills.
Also returning to the team will be junior Leticia Antunes (Florianopolis, Brazil). Antunes notched 221 kills along with 253 dig. Her 2.70 kills and 3.09 digs per set were both second on the team last year. She will be joined by sophomore Alli Yacko (Oak Lawn, Ill.) who paced the team with 33 aces during her rookie campaign.
The team will also be bringing in talented newcomers who look to fill immediate rolls. NMU will look to fuse their returning talent with talented newcomers to continue their winning ways.
The Wildcats were slated to finish fourth in the GLIAC North Division, receiving a total of 33 points in the poll. Ferris State University received the most points with 61 points and eight first place votes to win the North and the league.
In the North, Michigan Technological University had 57 points and four first place votes to finish second in both the North and the league. Saginaw Valley State University had 44 points for third with NMU close behind. Rounding out the North Division is Northwood University and Lake Superior State University.
Ashland University is predicted to take the South Division, capturing nine first place votes and 57 total points. Wayne State University had 43 points for second place. Grand Valley State University tallied two first place votes and 41 points with Davenport University getting a first place vote along with 39 points. University of Wisconsin-Parkside received 24 points for fifth and Purdue University Northwest finished with 12.