Women’s Volleyball finishes GLIAC tournament season in Quarterfinals against MTU

COMPETE — The Cats end the regular season ranked five in the GLIAC.
COMPETE — The ‘Cats end the regular season ranked five in the GLIAC.
Caden Sierra

Over the weekend the women’s volleyball team traveled to Sault. Ste. Marie, MI on Friday, Nov. 10, where they took the win over the Lake Superior State Lakers 3-1. They then played in Big Rapids, MI on Saturday Nov. 11 where the team fell to the Ferris State Bulldogs for a final score of 3-0. 

NMU Wildcats are unranked as well as the Lakers. The Bulldogs are ranked fourth in the NCAA Midwest region. 

“I feel like we’re starting to finally get there, a little later than I would have liked, but here we are. I feel really good. I think the team feels really good,” said Head Coach Mike Lozier. “And so results aside, just the way we’re carrying ourselves in a way that is different than it had been for much of the year.” 

This weekend they closed out the regular season for the team as they entered into the post-season on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Captain Jacqueline Smith ended the regular season second in the GLIAC for kills per set (3.75).

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The ‘Cats then entered the postseason facing off against their rival Michigan Tech in the Huskies home court in Houghton, MI for the GLIAC tournament quarterfinals, but fell to the Huskies 3-0. 

“This is what’s fun about these, this rivalry game … there’s always this extra layer … even in the regular season,” Lozier said. “You feel this extra weight of what you’re going into. Now add in the fact that it is a tournament game and what that might mean, and so I’m really excited.” 

With the loss to the Huskies, the season has ended for the volleyball team. The team ended 12-19 overall and 9-9 in the GLIAC conference.

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