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Volleyball: ‘Cats Finding Momentum Heading into Final Stretch of the Season

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Caden Sierra
WEEKEND SPLIT — After a shoulder injury sidelined Jacqueline Smith after the first game, resulting in a 1-8 start. Over the past five games the ‘Cats are 3-2 heading into the Midwest Crossover.

Over the weekend, NMU volleyball hosted Parkside and Purdue Northwest resulting in the team falling short to Parkside with the final being 0-3 on Friday. However, on Saturday, the ‘Cats were able to bounce back with the win over Purdue Northwest — the end score being 3-1. Redshirt junior Jacqueline Smith and senior Evynn Layshock each earned double-digit kills in the win over Purdue-NW.

“We had to take a step back after that match and reflect, and unfortunately, I’ve been doing that a little bit more often than we would like this season. But I do think our team does a nice job after losses and we try to learn from them. As coaches, we do the same,” Assistant Coach Sarah Kuehn said. “And then on Saturday, I was really happy with our bounce back … bounced back well and pulled through. Obviously went to four, so faced a little bit of adversity during the set, but I was happy with our girls’ response to that adversity.”

This weekend the Wildcats are traveling to Hammond, Indiana for the Midwest Crossover where the team will face off against three teams playing outside of the GLIAC. The Cats will first face Trevecca Nazarene University on Friday Oct. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Saturday the 14 will be a doubleheader for the Wildcats as they take on Cedarville followed by Missouri S&T.

“It’s just fun. It’s a really unique event that we do the crossover in our region. It’s a great opportunity to see the competition from the different conferences in our area, and really comes into play when we’re looking for large bids at the end of the year. But for us, I think it’s just an awesome opportunity to get back up on the floor and compete. So, we’re excited to see what those teams have for us.” Kuehn said.

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For the next seven games the ‘Cats are traveling on the road without hosting a game until the very end of the month. However, the team is putting all of their focus into this weekend’s crossover games and not on the long road trips coming in the near future.

“A lot of road games here are coming up, but I think it’s really just about taking it one weekend at a time, and each weekend is a business trip. But honestly being on the road in some ways, it’s less distractions than being at home,” Kuehn said. “Our girls get more time to get schoolwork done, things like that. And it sounds like a little thing, but it makes a difference. So, I don’t know, I think you can spin it into a positive.”

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Lily Gouin, Assistant Sports Editor
Hi! My name is Lily Gouin I am in my third year here at NMU. I am from Appleton, WI majoring in communications and double minoring in multimedia journalism and public relations. In my free time, I like to go thrifting, watch TV and sports, and do puzzles. Once I graduate from NMU I hope to work in sports as a sideline reporter!
Caden Sierra, Sports Writer
Hey. My name is Caden and I'm from the Chicagoland area.  I'm currently going into my 3rd year at NMU.  I'm a multimedia production major with a double minor in journalism and criminal justice. For as long as I can remember, I've had a passion for being behind a camera.  It doesn't matter to me whether I'm filming an experimental short film or photographing players at a sporting event. I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself with the next big thing and create a product that I'm proud of.  Having played hockey for most of my life and loving all things sports, I'm super excited to be a part of the North Wind and use both of my passions to improve as a writer. In my free time I’m either playing/watching hockey, looking for new adventures, or relaxing with my friends.