Volleyball team ends their regular season on the road

Julie Goldberg

The Wildcat volleyball team will be traveling to Lake Superior State University on Friday, Nov. 13 and Northwood University on Saturday, Nov. 14 for their final regular season games.re-AV_Volleyball_5

The Wildcats traveled to Wayne State University on Friday, Nov. 6 and won three sets to none.

The ’Cats won the first set with a tight score of 25-21 and then won the next two sets in dominant fashion with scores of 25-21
and 25-18.

Sophomore line setter/middle hitter Madison Whitehead led the Wildcats with 11 kills and senior libero Alex Berger had 22 digs for the ’Cats.

The Wildcats recorded their ninth sweep of the season and their fifth in GLIAC play.

“I think our team competed well this past weekend,” Whitehead said. “We executed our game plan against Wayne State which allowed us to make their offensive predictable and shut
them down.”

In their Saturday matchup, the ’Cats lost three sets to one against the Saginaw Valley
State Cardinals.

NMU won the first set 25-19, but then the Cardinals took over and won the next three sets with scores of 25-18, 26-24 and 25-22.

Freshman left setter Maggie Liebeck led the ’Cats with 14 kills. Berger led the team with 25 digs.

“Although we weren’t able to win against Saginaw Valley, our team’s defense did really well against them,” Whitehead said.

Head coach Dominic Yoder was impressed with how the team performed this past weekend.

“Overall I thought the team played very well this weekend,” Yoder said. “We outscored our opponents in both matches. We just unfortunately had timely errors versus Saginaw Valley State that caused us to lose the match.”

The Lake Superior State Lakers are 0-22 for the season and have a 0-15 GLIAC record. The Lakers and Wildcats have played against each other twice this season, with the ’Cats winning both matchups three sets to none.

Leading the Lakers this season is sophomore libero Justice Kjolhede, who has recorded 237 digs this season. Junior setter Janelle Nagy leads the Lakers with 118 kills. The Northwood Timberwolves have a 11-16 record this season and a 7-9 GLIAC record.

Northwood played Northern Michigan earlier this season and won three sets to none. Leading the Timberwolves in that matchup was senior outside hitter Krysta Kramer with 13 kills and senior libero Birta Bjornstoddir with
14 digs.

“We are expecting tough battles,” Yoder said. “I am very proud of how our team has battled adversity all year long.”

The Wildcats have a 19-9 record this season and a 8-8 record in GLIAC play.

“As a team, we are still competing for an opportunity to make the postseason,” Yoder said.

Whitehead added that the team has improved from last year to this year. “We have definitely had high and low points throughout the year but I think our team has been really successful,” Whitehead said. “I’m excited to see how far our team can go given the opportunity to make it into the GLIAC tournament.”