Northern Michigan University Wildcats denied berth in NCAA volleyball tourney

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University was denied a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament after the eight volleyball teams in the Midwest Region were named on Monday.

Just two GLIAC teams are among the eight, with league and tournament champion Ferris State placed as the No. 4 seed and tourney runner-up Michigan Tech earning the eighth and final seed.

The Huskies defeated NMU in four sets in the GLIAC Tournament semifinals on Saturday to vault ahead of the Wildcats after the two Upper Peninsula schools tied for second place during the regular season with 12-4 records.

Ferris State went on to defeat Tech in the GLIAC finals, 25-20, 25-23, 27-25 on Sunday.

Northern had earned the No. 2 spot over the Huskies in the tournament based on league tiebreakers.

In the NCAA Midwest Regional, MTU faces No. 1 seed and regional host Lewis University in the first round.

The other first-round matchups include a pair of former GLIAC members, No. 2 Hillsdale vs. No. 7 Findlay, along with No. 3 Rockhurst vs. No. 6 Bellarmine and No. 4 Ferris vs. No. 5 McKendree.

The entire NCAA field consists of 64 teams grouped into eight regionals, which will play until they reach the national championship match on Dec. 9 at a site to be determined.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is