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Northern Michigan volleyball finishes 4-0 at Ferris State tournament

September 2, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

BIG RAPIDS - Northern Michigan University improved to 4-0 this season with its third and fourth victories in two days at the Ferris State Volleyball Invitatitonal on Saturday.

The Wildcats scored 3-0 sweeps of both West Virginia State and Glenville State (W.Va.) as part of 13 consecutive matches on the road to start the season.

NMU's first home match isn't until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, when the 'Cats host Michigan Tech.

"The team played very well today and it was an all-around good weekend," Northern coach Dominic Yoder said. "Our serving was just tremendous."

Statistically, the Wildcats had 23 more service aces than their opponents on Saturday.

Junior middle hitter Sarah Hamilton, an all-tournament selection, made a match-high nine kills with just one error to lead NMU to a 25-12, 25-20, 25-10 win over WVSU. Junior teammates Kalli Herron and Lina Lopes each made seven kills as Lopes also had nine digs and three service aces while Herron had two blocks.

In Game 3, the Wildcats broke open a close game by scoring the final 10 points.

In the Glenville match, which NMU won 25-11, 25-9, 25-17, freshman middle hitter Alexis Nelson made nine kills and senior left-side hitter Andree Ring eight. Nelson also had four block assists and Ring five aces.

Freshman defensive specialist Alex Berger made 10 digs and senior DS Kalin Zimmerman had seven.

"The freshmen are playing really well," Yoder said. "Alex, Lisa (Studnicka) and Alexis were good all day."

After 26 set assists against WVSU, junior setter Kellisha Harley made 25 in the Glenville match to earn all-tournament honors as well.

"We made some adjustments to the offense and Kellisha is doing a great job of implementing them into the offense," Yoder said.

Northern jumped out to 15-3 leads in each of the first two games.



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