NMU notebook: Soccer hosts final home games, cross country at GLIAC Championships

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team will close out its regular season schedule with a pair of GLIAC home matchups this weekend.

The Wildcats of coach Matt Granstrand will entertain Ferris State (8-5 overall, 6-3 in GLIAC) at 4 p.m. on Friday and Grand Valley State (12-0-1 overall, 9-0 in GLIAC) at noon on Sunday at the NMU Soccer Field.

NMU seniors KC McCary and Kaylagh Hollen will be honored Sunday as part of Senior Day.

McCary has lettered three times and is a three-time GLIAC all-academic team honoree. A midfielder from downstate Charlevoix, she has played in 66 games and has five career goals.

Hollen, a defender from Victoria, Minn., is a two-time letterwinner. She has been a GLIAC all-academic team honoree twice and has played in 53 games.

Freshman Paula Hafner leads the Wildcats in goals with six. Junior Nicole Musi has three while sophomore Ashley Katers and junior Taylor Smith have two apiece.

Freshman goalkeeper Alexandra Simmons has 42 saves in eight starts for the Wildcats (4-8-1 overall, 4-3-1 GLIAC).


Cross country competes in GLIAC Championships

After posting a perfect score in its last meet, the No. 20-ranked NMU women’s cross country team will take part in the GLIAC Championships at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Houghton.

NMU swept last Friday’s U.P. Championships in the team’s lone home action, with runners placing in first through eighth place.

Wildcat sophomores Megan Edic and Mary Kate Cirelli, junior Christina Toogood, senior Jordyn Ross and junior Larissa Halonen took the respective top five spots.

“We looked strong last week, and this gives us more confidence coming into the weekend,” NMU coach Jenny Ryan said.

“This is our third time on the course this season, so hopefully, that will give us an advantage.”

Saturday’s championship races will be streamed on MTU’s website at


NMU the top seed in GLIAC/GLVC Crossover

Northern’s women’s volleyball team hits the road this weekend for the Great Lakes Valley Conference/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Crossover Tournament in Aurora, Ill.

The event will feature 16 teams from each conference playing 48 total matches over two days.

The Wildcats, entering the Crossover as the top-seeded GLIAC team, will open play against Southern Indiana – the fourth-seeded GLVC squad – at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

NMU will then meet Missouri Science and Technology, the GLVC’s sixth seed, at 11 a.m. Saturday before a 5 p.m. match against GLVC No. 2 seed Truman State.

The Wildcats, 16-5 overall and 10-1 in the GLIAC, are led in kills by senior Lines Lopes with 266. Seniors Kalli Herron (224) and Sarah Hamilton (205) have also cracked the 200-kill mark.

Sophomore Alex Berger paces the defense with 254 digs, while Lopes has 225.

Senior Kellisha Harley has recorded 801 assists, averaging 10.68 assists per set.

NMU has participated in the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover the past five seasons. Last year, the Wildcats went 0-3.