MARQUETTE - After being knocked out of first place in the GLIAC on Friday at home against Grand Valley State, the Northern Michigan University volleyball team turned it around and swept Ferris State 25-22, 27-25, 26-24, on Saturday at Vandament Arena in Marquette.
The Wildcats (18-8 overall, 11-2 in the GLIAC) and the Bulldogs (18-6 overall, 11-2 in the GLIAC) entered the weekend in a three-way tie with GVSU, but now sit tied for second place in the GLIAC behind the Lakers.
"The girls played very well tonight and this win certainly is a turning point for us in the season," head coach Dominic Yoder said. "It's an emotional uplift for the team, especially after the loss last night."
Northern Michigan University senior setter Kellisha Harley runs for a dig during the second set against Ferris State on Saturday at Vandament Arena in Marquette. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
NMU neared the end of set one with a score of 23-18 before the Bulldogs scored four consecutive points, closing the Wildcats' lead to one. From there, the 'Cats closed out the set on a kill and service ace by senior Kalli Herron.
The score was tied nine times in the second set, although the 'Cats held the lead most of the time. Ferris State went up 25-24 before the Wildcats score three unanswered points on a Bulldogs error and two kills from senior Lina Lopes to finish the set.
The Bulldogs took charge in the third set, leading the 'Cats by as many as eight points, but NMU turned the tide and narrowed Ferris' lead to 24-20. NMU then closed out the match with two service aces, two Ferris errors and two Herron kills.
Lopes paced the Wildcats with 19 kills, followed by Herron with 10. Senior Kellisha Harley recorded 42 assists for the Wildcats.
Defensively, sophomore Alex Berger had 18 digs for NMU and Lopes had 12.
The Wildcats close out their regular season home play against rival Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Delaney Lovett. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org