NMU volleyball: Wildcats try to avenge 2012 home losses to Wayne State, Findlay

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University travels downstate and points south this weekend for a pair of GLIAC volleyball matches while trying to improve its 10-4 overall and 4-1 league records.

The Wildcats play at Wayne State in Detroit at 7 p.m. Friday, then go into Ohio at Findlay at 2 p.m. Saturday.

During the last week, Northern won two of three conference matches, beating Lake Erie in straight sets at home last Friday and losing to Ashland in five sets at home on Saturday. Then on Tuesday, the ‘Cats beat Michigan Tech in four sets at Houghton as senior Sarah Hamilton recorded a career-high 18 kills.

Fellow senior Lina Lopes still leads the team in that statistic this season with 188 kills, with senior Kalli Herron next with 160 and Hamilton at 139.

WSU (7-6 overall, 4-1 GLIAC) has won two of its last three, all on the road, beating Lake Superior State in four sets and Findlay in five while losing to Saginaw Valley State in four sets. Kristen Bulkiewicz leads the Warriors with 172 kills and Macy Steenhuysen has 157 digs.

Northern leads the Warriors all-time 36-19, including wins in 17 of the past 20 matches. But Wayne State has won three in a row from the Wildcats, including a 3-1 decision at NMU’s Vandament Arena a year ago.

Findlay recorded two sweeps and lost a five-setter in the past week to stand at 10-4 and 3-2. The Oilers took down LSSU and SVSU while falling to Wayne State. Mackenzie Vorst leads Findlay with 133 kills and Becca Shoemaker has 96 digs.

All-time, the ‘Cats lead the series with Findlay, 12-7, with wins in four of the previous five matches, though the Oilers won 3-1 in Marquette last season.