Northern Michigan University volleyball team heads to Michigan Tech tonight

Northern Michigan University’s Kayla Chosa jumps for the ball as it comes over the net from Lake Superior State University Saturday afternoon at Vandament Arena. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

Tonight: NMU at Michigan Tech, 7 p.m.; TV: Fox-U.P.

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MARQUETTE — Two of the three best volleyball teams in their division don’t need good records to make it a heated contest when Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech universities square off on the Huskies’ home floor tonight.

But those records won’t hurt as each share part of the top spot in the GLIAC North Division with 2-0 records heading into the 7 p.m. match that will be televised on Fox-U.P. and is available online with video and live stats, along with Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats, according to an NMU news release.

Northern (8-2) comes off home victories over Saginaw Valley State on Friday and Lake Superior State Saturday, along with good showings at a pair of tournaments to begin their season earlier this month.

Tech (7-3) defeated the same two GLIAC teams on opposite days last weekend after winning two of three matches at its own Keweenaw Classic a week earlier.

Though the schools have split their matches each of the past two years, NMU had won 10 straight before that and holds an lopsided 84-18 advantage in their all-time series dating to 1976.

The Wildcats lead the GLIAC with 99 total blocks, averaging 2.81 blocks per set, and also lead the league with 153 block assists and are third with 22 solo blocks.

Senior Kayla Chosa and sophomore Sarah Kuehn each have 44 total blocks, while senior Madison Whitehead has 36.

Whitehead, who had 24 kills in last weekend’s matches, now has 1,103 in all, placing her 12th on the all-time NMU list and is just five kills from ninth. Northern is fifth in the league with 12.83 kills per set with Whitehead totaling 106, Chosa 103 and freshman Leticia Antunes 98.

Chosa’s 922 kills is moving her toward the school’s top 20 as she could join Whitehead in the elite 1,000-kill club.

Junior Autumn Monsma leads the GLIAC with 0.57 service aces per set with 20 total, while senior Jamie Hogeboom and sophomore Jessica Skonning have nine each to help the Wildcats to second place in the league with 60.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.