NMU volleyball: Wildcats eliminated from GLIAC tournament

ALLENDALE – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team was bounced from the GLIAC tournament on Saturday via a four-set semifinal loss to South Division champion Ashland, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23, on the campus of Grand Valley State.

The Lakers and Eagles now meet today at 4 p.m. today in Allendale for the GLIAC title.

Northern (23-10 overall) was led by senior Sarah Hamilton’s team-high 10 kills. Freshman Alex Larsen and senior Kalli Herron each had nine kills while senior Lina Lopes finished with eight.

NMU senior setter Kellisha Harley finished with 35 saves while sophomore libero Alex Berger led the defense with 23 digs. Lopes had 16 digs.

Ashland finished with three players in double figures with kills, led by Samantha Zuber’s match-high 15. Setter Shelly DeHenning had a match-high 47 assists and Marci Zegarac had 23 digs to match Berger.

Zuber also finished with four service aces for Ashland, which picked up 10 total against Northern.

Prior to the match, four Wildcats were named to the regular season All-GLIAC volleyball team with Lopes and Harley being first-team selections, Herron on the second team and Hamilton an honorable mention.

The Lakers, with GLIAC Player of the Year Abby Aiken and GLIAC Coach of the Year Deanne Scanlon, defeated Northwood in four sets in the earlier semifinal.