ASHLAND, Ohio - The Northern Michigan University volleyball team closed its 13-game season-opening road swing with a five-set 25-16, 20-25, 20-25, 29-27, 15-10 loss at Ashland University on Saturday, the first GLIAC loss of the season for the Wildcats.
NMU was a point away from defeating the Eagles in the fourth set, but failed to convert on three set points at 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25.
"We played well defensively with almost 100 digs today," NMU head coach Dominic Yoder said. "We had a chance to win it in the fourth set, but just didn't finish it."
Junior Lina Lopes led the Wildcats in kills with 18 while junior Sarah Hamilton had 14 kills.
Junior setter Kellisha Harley had 55 assists and led the team in digs with 24. Lopes had 22 digs and freshman libero Alex Berger had 23.
The Wildcats, who fell to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the GLIAC, host Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in their home opener.
"Our team is very excited to finally be playing a home match in front of our fans," Yoder said.