Rival Huskies strike again


Tyler Young

The Northern Michigan University Volleyball team dropped their lone matchup this past weekend, falling 3-1 to rivals Michigan Tech on Friday evening. Northern’s loss gives the Huskies the series sweep this season.

Michigan Tech got off to a good start, taking an early lead in the first set that they wouldn’t relinquish, winning the set 25-18. The Huskies used that momentum to take a 12-8 lead in set number two but the Wildcats battled back and evened the match at one set apiece with a 25-20 second set win.

The two sides battled hard in the third set and found themselves tied 25-25, but two straight points by Michigan Tech gave them a 27-25 win and put the Huskies one set away from winning the match. MTU gained an early lead in the fourth set, and although Northern battled back and nearly tied the game at 15, the Huskies won the set 25-17 and sealed the match at 3-1.

Junior middle hitter Sarah Kuehn led NMU offensively with a total of 17 kills, the second highest total of her Wildcat career.

Senior setter Lynzi Svoboda tallied 43 assists on the night
Defensively, it was senior outside hitter Autumn Monsma that paced NMU’s back line with 14 digs, while senior defensive specialist Rachel Braunschweig and junior defensive specialist Gabriela Martinez each had 10 digs.

The Wildcats will wrap up their regular season this weekend as they travel to Big Rapids to play Ferris State on Friday, Nov. 2, before heading to Midland to close out their season against Northwood University on Saturday, Nov. 3.