MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University hosted #21 Michigan Technological University Saturday in a matchup of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals, but the Wildcats fell to the Huskies in a tight 3-0 match.
| SET SCORES
NMU jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set but Tech rallied back to tie the set at 6-6. The teams stayed close and had it tied again at 16-16 before back to back kills from sophomore Hailey Wickstrom (Calumet, Mich.) gave the Wildcats an 18-16 lead. Wickstrom added another kill after a Husky point, moving the score to a 20-17 NMU lead.
After errors from each team, sophomore Lizzy Stark (Minneapolis, Minn.) got a kill from freshman Lauren Van Remortel (Carmel, Ind.) to make it 22-20. Freshman Abigail Durecki (South Lyon, Mich.) made it 23-22 after a kill and NMU soon took a 24-23 lead after a service error by Tech. However, the Huskies were able to rally and took a 27-25 victory.
Set 1 | Wildcats 25, Huskies 27@NMU_Volleyball and Tech kept within a point of each other the entire set but the Huskies pulled away at the end. Northern leads in both attacks (49-46) and kills (16-15)#NMUwildcats #ShareNMU pic.twitter.com/isyw4gLeJS— NMU Athletics (@NMU_Wildcats) November 2, 2019
The second set saw both teams fight to a 17-17 tie but Tech was able to go on a run to close out the set, winning 25-20.
Michigan Tech opened the third set with a quick lead until the Wildcats tied it at 9-9 and then Van Remortel gave NMU the lead with a kill. The Huskies replied with a run which proved too much to overcome as Tech won the third set 25-21.
| STAT LEADERS
The offensive attack saw Wickstrom lead the way with 12 kills. Stark posted eight and Durecki had six. Van Remortel posted 29 assists.
Sophomore Alli Yacko (Oak Lawn, Mich.) added an ace and also led the defense with 13 digs. Van Remortel chipped in with 11 digs while Stark added 10. Freshman Madeline Crowley (Green Bay, Wis.) notched nine.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats will return to action next weekend as they stay in Vandament Arena for their final two home matches of the season. On Friday they welcome GLIAC foe Northwood University. They will then host Ferris State University in another GLIAC tilt Saturday that will also serve as the team's Senior Day.