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Northern Michigan soccer, volleyball teams open GLIAC play Friday

September 13, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University women's soccer and volleyball teams remain on the road this weekend, but this time its to open GLIAC play.

The Wildcat soccer team travels to Ohio for a 5 p.m. match on Friday with Notre Dame College (1-3), followed by a noon game against Lake Erie College (1-3) on Sunday.

The Northern volleyball team has a much shorter trip, starting with a 7 p.m. match Friday at Saginaw Valley State (4-5) and a 2 p.m. match on Saturday at Lake Superior State (3-5).

The volleyball Wildcats at 7-2 overall on the season are coming off a 3-1 weekend at the Missouri S&T Middle of Everywhere Classic in which all three victories came in five sets.

The 'Cats offense thus far has come from the young and old, with junior Lina Lopes and freshman Lisa Studnicka leading the team in kills with 89 each. Junior Kalli Herron is right behind them with 87 kills while junior setter Kellisha Harley has fueled that attack with 335 assists.

Defensively, its freshman libero Alex Berger leading the team in digs with 139 while junior Sarah Hamilton leads in blocks with 34 total.

The NMU soccer team stands at 1-3 this fall following a loss at Michigan Tech on Monday in what was considered a nonconference game between the Upper Peninsula and GLIAC rivals. Their 11 a.m. meeting on Sept. 22 in Marquette will count in the GLIAC standings.

The Wildcats have only mustered two goals in five games in 2012 with both coming from freshmen Gabriella Garza and Hailey Beyrand in the team's only win at Minnesota-Crookston on Sept. 3.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shelby Conard has started in net for all four games for NMU with a goals against average of 1.37 and a save percentage of .773.

Lake Erie may be the spark necessary to ignite the NMU offense after the Wildcats topped the Storm 4-0 last season in Marquette. It was a 2011 season high for the 'Cats.

Friday's matchup with Notre Dame College of South Euclid is the first between the two schools. NDC joined the GLIAC this season as an associate member, but is leaving already next year for the Mountain East Conference.



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