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Northern Michigan volleyball team wraps up 13-game road swing

September 20, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University volleyball team has been in Minnesota and Missouri, plus downstate and the Soo in the first month of the 2012 season.

Up next: Ohio.

The Wildcats wrap up a 13-match road swing this weekend, playing at Lake Erie College on Friday and Ashland University on Saturday before hosting Michigan Tech on Sept. 25 in their home opener.

Lake Erie College sits last in the GLIAC at 0-2 in the league and 2-5 overall while Ashland is 1-1 in the league and 8-2 overall, having lost to Minnesota-Duluth in four sets and Wayne State in three.

Despite an intrasquad scrimmage being the 'Cats only game in Vandament Arena, NMU sits atop the GLIAC with a 9-2 overall record and 2-0 conference mark.

NMU opened GLIAC play with a five-set win at Saginaw Valley State and four-set victory over Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie.

Junior Lina Lopes leads the 'Cats in kills with 122, but freshman Lisa Studnicka is right on her heels with 121. Junior Kalli Herron has 109 kills.

Lopes, Studnicka and Herron have been fueled by first-year junior setter Kellisha Harley and her 427 assists.

Freshman libero Alex Berger has been the defensive leader for Northern with 170 digs. Junior Sarah Hamilton has four solo blocks and 36 block assists.



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