NMU netters fall in five sets to Ashland

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team dropped a close match to Ashland Saturday, 3-2 at Vandament Arena.

The Wildcats took the first set 25-22, but lost the next two 27-25 and 25-16. NMU bounced back to win the fourth, 25-16 to force a fifth set, but fell 15-12 to the Eagles.

Lisa Studnicka led the Wildcats with 17 kills and three aces, while Bridget Bussell and Madison Whitehead chipped in 13 and 11 kills respectively.

The two teams traded points in the opening set before NMU built a 22-16 lead. Studnicka had back-to-back service aces in the frame and the Wildcats took the first frame.

After winning a tight second set, Ashland jumped out to a 11-1 lead in the third frame and stayed in control for the rest of the set.

NMU rebounded in the fourth, picking up six straight points to take an 18-12 lead and eventually, the Wildcats won the set and forced a fifth frame.

The Wildcats held a 7-4 lead in the final set, but Ashland came back to tie the match and pulled away to win the match.

NMU (10-3, 2-2 GLIAC) hosts archrival Michigan Tech Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.