MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University completes a four-game homestand this weekend when a pair of GLIAC South Division rivals come to Vandament Arena.
The Wildcats face Lake Erie at 7 p.m. Friday and Ashland at 4 p.m. Saturday after sweeping a pair of North Division opponents at home during Homecoming last weekend.
Despite needing just three sets, Northern found Saginaw Valley State a tough out on Friday, prevailing 27-25, 25-22, 27-25, then dispatched Lake Superior State 25-10, 25-20, 25-15.
Lina Lopes made a team-high 15 kills Friday for an NMU-leading season total of 148, while teammate Kalli Herron led the Wildcats with 12 on Saturday to move to 126. Lopes is also second on the team with 131 digs as Alex Berger has accumulated 137.
Lake Erie is winless this season in six matches after opening their GLIAC campaign last weekend at home by being swept by Wayne State and Findlay.
Ashland is 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC after beating Findlay in three sets and falling to Wayne State in five at home last weekend.
- Lake Erie at NMU, 7 p.m., Friday,
Vandament Arena, Marquette
- Ashland at NMU, 4 p.m., Saturday, Vandament Arena, Marquette
- NMU at Michigan Tech, noon, Saturday, Sherman Field, Houghton
Including last year's win in Painesville, Ohio, Northern leads Lake Erie 3-0 in their all-time series. The Wildcats are also ahead of Ashland 19-7 all-time but lost a pair of five-setters in Ohio last season, including in the first round of the GLIAC tournament.
NMU, Tech to clash in
Looking for its second straight win, the NMU women's soccer team will travel to Houghton on Saturday to face Michigan Tech at noon in GLIAC?play.
The Wildcats (1-5 overall and 1-0 GLIAC) are coming off a 3-0 home win last Sunday over Lake Erie College. The Huskies (4-2, 1-0) claimed two wins over the weekend, 1-0 over Lake Erie and 1-0 over Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Goalkeeper Marybeth Spoehr has started four games for the Huskies, earning three wins. She has 16 saves.
The two teams met in a non-conference game earlier this season in Marquette, where the Huskies shut out the Wildcats, 5-0.