MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Volleyball finishes their 2019 home schedule this weekend as they host Northwood University Friday and Ferris State University Saturday. Prior to Saturday's match with Ferris State, the team will honor their seniors.
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FRIDAY VS. NORTHWOOD
SATURDAY VS. FERRIS STATE
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats hosted rival Michigan Technological University Saturday afternoon but fell to the GLIAC's top team, dropping the match 3-0. In the first set, NMU held a late lead but the Huskies experience proved valuable over the young Wildcats as MTU took the first set 27-25.
The second set saw the teams tied at 17-17 but Tech was able to win the set 25-20 and the third set 25-21.
| HONORING THE SENIORS
Prior to Saturday's match with Ferris State, the team will honor their three seniors. Sarah Kuehn (Green Bay, Wis.) came to the team in 2017 and made an immediate impact as she helped the Wildcats lead the country in blocks, and individually led the GLIAC in blocks to be named the team's Newcomer of the Year. Last season she was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team and the Team's Most Valuable Player. She enters the seventh in program history with 336 blocks and has added 716 kills throughout her NMU career.
Gabriela Martinez (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) has appeared in 254 sets over 83 matches. She has served largely as a serve and defensive specialist, posting 35 aces and 360 digs throughout her career.
Cheyanna Pyka (Merrill, Wis.) is in her fourth year with the Wildcats and has fought through injuries to appear in 87 sets in 42 matches. She has tallied 17 aces and 91 digs through her career on the back row.
| HITTING SUCCESS
Three Widcats are ranked in the top five in the GLIAC in different statistical categories. Sophomore Lizzy Stark (Minneapolis, Minn.) is fourth in the league with 3.57 sets per set. She is also ranked sixth with 321 kills on the season.
Freshman Abigail Durecki (South Lyon, Mich.) is third in hitting percentage as she boasts a .326 success percentage, committing just 60 errors on 515 attempts. She has committed the fewest errors among all players who have over 500 attempts.
Kuehn is third in the GLIAC with 82 blocks. She has 14 solo blocks and 68 assisted blocks to average 0.90 blocks per set this season.
| A YOUNG TEAM
Eight Wildcats have played in atleast 20 matches this season, with seven seeing time in all 23 matches. Of those eight, seven of them are in their first or second season at NMU.
| PLAYOFF PICTURE
With a win over Northwood, the Wildcats will secure a GLIAC Tournament spot. NMU is currently in a tie with Wayne State University with 18 points despite playing one fewer match than the Warriors. The Timberwolves have 15 points with just three matches left this season but NMU would hold the tiebreaker by sweeping the season series.
For NMU to host a first round match, the Wildcats will need to win each remaining match and have Saginaw Valley State University lose each match the rest of the season and Grand Valley State University to drop one of their four final matches.
| NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD
The Wildcats are currently on a seven match win streak over the Timberwolves and leads the series 44-26. NU comes into the weekend having dropped 11 of their last 12 matches but split last weekend, defeating Lake Superior State University 3-0 then falling to SVSU 3-1. Earlier this season, NMU defeated Northwood 3-0.
| NMU VERSUS FERRIS STATE
NMU saw the all-time series become even as FSU defeated the Wildcats earlier this season to tie the series at 48-48. The Bulldogs come into the matchup ranked #20 and are currently 19-5 on the season. Ferris State has won three of their last four matches, including two victories last weekend.
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, the Wildcats will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.