Wildcats lose in tough match against Huskies

AnnMarie Kent

NMU volleyball fell to therival  Michigan Tech Huskies in a three set match Tuesday night.re2-volleyball2_JR

“I thought at times we were really good,” head coach Dominic Yoder said. “Our offense was clicking, [serves and receives] were pretty spot on. Just too inconsistent from start to finish.”

In the first set NMU never came within 2 points of the Huskies, who came out ahead 25-18.

The second set Tech had an early lead of 10-4 and kept going, winning the set 25-17.

In the third and final set the two teams tied seven times as the teams traded points back and forth. Ultimately the Huskies pulled ahead with a tight victory of 25-23.

Junior middle hitter Anna Aycock, “I think that we tried to stay positive and there were a lot of really good points on our play, and we just couldn’t put the last dagger in at the end,” Aycock said. I think that we can definitely play a lot better and we have a lot to work on.”

Sophomore middle hitter Madison Whitehead had 11 kills in the match, and sophomore middle hitter Kayla Chosa had 10 kills.

“Kayla and Madison I thought offensively did a really nice job,” Yoder said. “Alex Berger put up 17 digs in 3 sets which is above her normal averages. Jami Hogeboom did a nice job running our offense we just need to be a little tighter in our receiving and our serves.”

Senior libero Alex Berger put up those 17 digs in just three sets.

“We definitely have to just wipe away this loss and really focus on what we’re doing this weekend,” Aycock said. “Obviously this loss is disappointing to everyone but we’re definitely going to have to get over this hill of losses and work hard as a team and focus on getting some wins this weekend.”

The Wildcats will hit the road this weekend to play the Hillsdale Chargers, they play Friday, Oct. 2 at 7p.m. at the Dawn Tibbitts Potter Arena in Hillsdale, Mich.

The Chargers are on an eight game winning streak, with a 10-1 record this season. Hillsdale is tied for first in GLIAC standings, with a conference record of 4-0.

NMU continues the weekend away with a match against the University of Findlay Oilers on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 4p.m. at the Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio.

The Oilers are tied for second in the GLIAC with a 3-1 record within the conference.

“We still have lots of season left so we’re going to get back at practice tomorrow, get prepared for Hillsdale and Findlay this weekend and go on the road, and we’ve been pretty successful on the road,” Yoder said. “We’re looking forward to the bus ride to get out of Marquette for a little bit and play a couple really good teams on the road.”