UNIVERSITY CENTER - Northern Michigan University moved into the driver's seat for home court in next week's first round of the GLIAC postseason volleyball tournament after turning away Saginaw Valley State on Friday in five sets.
The Wildcats scored a 16-25, 25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 17-15 nailbiter over the Cardinals to improve to 14-3 in conference matches and 21-9 overall.
Northern entered the night in a four-way tie for second place overall in the GLIAC. It is now a three-way logjam after Northwood lost on Friday to Grand Valley, which clinched the overall title and first shot at hosting the league playoff finals.
With just a match left at Lake Superior State, NMU is tied with Ashland and Ferris State for the No. 2 berth, meaning the Wildcats will clinch one of the four first-round, home-court berths with a victory today.
On Friday, Lina Lopes led Northern with 22 kills while making 16 digs and four blocks. Teammate Kalli Herron added 13 kills, Alex Berger had a team-leading 19 digs, and Bridget Bussell had five blocks.
Northern held a 59-53 edge in kills as SVSU (16-12, 8-9) was led by Ashley Driscoll with 16.