MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University volleyball team will play six of its final nine regular-season contests at Vandament Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Friday against Ohio Dominican.
Tiffin visits Marquette at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The 'Cats (13-9 overall, 5-4 in GLIAC) are coming off a pair of losses in the Great Lakes Valley Conference/GLIAC crossover to Southern Indiana and Missouri-St. Louis in three sets and a five-set loss to Lewis in the final match of the weekend.
Northern?Michigan University freshman Lisa Studnicka passes the ball against Findlay on Sept. 29 at NMU’s Vandament Arena. (Journal file photo by Zach?Jay)
The Wildcats won 10 of their first 13 matches this season - all on the road - but since then have only three wins in nine contests. NMU is 2-2 at home.
Juniors are carrying the 'Cats with Lina Lopes and Kalli Herron leading the team in kills with 256 and 244, respectively.
Junior setter Kellisha Harley ranks third in the GLIAC in average assists per set at 9.91.
Junior Sarah Hamilton has a team-high 62 blocks to go with 165 kills.
A pair of freshman have also stepped up with libero Alex Berger totaling a team-high 231 digs and freshman Lisa Studnicka sitting third on the team in kills with 180.
Wildcat soccer heads on final road trip of 2012
Northern hits the road for a final time this season, playing at Ferris State at 4 p.m. Friday and at Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The 'Cats were shut out twice a week ago in a 2-0 loss to Ohio Dominican and a 3-0 loss to Ashland.
Northern sits at 3-10 overall and 2-7 in the GLIAC, having been shut out in three straight games and eight times in 13 games this season, which will be the first losing campaign in nine seasons with head coach Matt Granstrand.
Freshman Gabriella Garza, senior Amelia Johnson and sophomore Taylor Smith each have two goals this season to lead NMU. Sophomore Tevun Sellers, senior Becky Fiorenza, freshman Tiffany Trembley and freshman Hailey Beyrand have all added a goal as well.
Sophomore Nicole Musi made her first two collegiate starts in goal against ODU and Tiffin last week, making four saves.
Redshirt freshman Shelby Conard had started the previous 11 games with a 2.30 goals against average and .703 save percentage.