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Football: The Huskies traveled to Toledo for their 11th game of the season on Wednesday, November 20. The team had 364 rushing yards overall, getting 6.6 yards per carry. NIU scored 28 points in the second half to propel the team to a 35-17 victory, remaining undefeated on the year. On Tuesday, November 26, the Huskies played the WMU Broncos, winning 33-14 to stay unbeaten at 12-0. Jordan Lynch ran for 321 yards, breaking his own record for rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in a single game. 

Volleyball: NIU played its final games of the season at the MAC Championship Tournament, making it to the semi-finals before exiting. On Friday, the Huskies beat Bowling Green 3-1 to stay alive. However, on Saturday, they didn't have enough to be Ohio, losing 3-0 in the affair. The Huskies ended their season with a 17-13 record. 

Wrestling: The Huskies hosted the Northern Duals last weekend, but they dropped both of the matches. The first was against Northern Iowa, a 32-6 defeat for the home wrestlers. In the second match, NIU battled North Dakota State. It came down to the heavyweight match, and the Huskies were barely edged there, losing 21-16 overall. 

Men's Basketball: The Huskies improved to 2-3 on the young season with a win vs. St. Joseph's (Ind.) on Sunday. NIU eclipsed 100 points in a game for the first time this season, winning 111-61. Four Huskies recorded double digit figures in scoring. Darrell Bowie produced the first double-double of his career with 23 points and 12 rebounds. 

Women's Basketball: NIU edged out Bradley Thursday, 63-60 to get to 2-2 on the season. The Huskies out-rebounded the Braves 45-43 in the game. NIU was able to force 12 turnovers to frustrate the opposing Brave offense. Amanda Corral led the team in scoring with 17 points. 

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Volleyball: NIU came away with two wins after touring Michigan to end its road schedule of the regular season. The Huskies won both matches. The first was against Central Michigan on Friday, a match in which NIU swept (3-0) the opposing Chippewas. On Saturday, the Huskies took on Eastern Michigan, winning 3-1. NIU is 17-11 on the season with a 9-5 record in the MAC.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies saw their season come to a close after the final game on Saturday. Playing Buffalo at home, the teams ended the match in a 3-3 draw. This was the first and only tie of the season for NIU. The Huskies ended the season with a 4-13-1 overall record. 

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois' men's basketball team started the season at home against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, but the team fell in the affair, 68-66. NIU will be hosting an invitational event over the weekend of November 15 to November 17, playing three games over that span. 

Cross Country: The Huskies had their final event at the NIU North 40 this season. The Huskie open was held on Friday, where runners from other universities and the local area were allowed to compete. The results can be found here

Women's Basketball: The Huskies split two games over the week. On the road at Green Bay on Friday, the team had trouble scoring, losing 78-44. At home on Tuesday against Mississippi Valley State, the Huskies rebounded and won 79-60. NIU next plays on Sunday, November 17 at Wisconsin. 

Wrestling: The Huskies traveled to the Michigan State University Open on Saturday. Five Huskies placed in the event, including Nick HarrisonAndrew MorseJordan Northrup, and Tyler Argue. NIU will be at the EMU duals on Saturday, November 16, taking on several teams. 

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Women's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game at home against Lewis, taking a win in the exhibition, 76-72. The Huskies will begin their regular season schedule on Friday, November 8 at Green Bay. They'll face the Phoenix in a game set to begin at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies have played three games over the week. At home, against Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 30, NIU dropped in a 1-0 final. On the following Saturday at Hartwick, NIU went to  overtime against the opposing Hawks, but ended up falling 2-1. Then, on Tuesday, October 5 against Western Michigan, the Huskies fell 2-1 once more. 

Football: The Huskies traveled to the east coast for another MAC affair against the UMass Minutemen. The team improved to 9-0 with a 5-0 conference record as they won 63-19. The 19 points was the second lowest figure that the Huskie defense had held opponents to all season in a single game. 

Women's Soccer: NIU saw its season come to a close with the games over the last week. On Thursday, the Huskies took on Toledo, dropping the rainy affair 2-1. On Sunday, they traveled to Miami (Ohio) for the first round of the MAC Championship Tournament, losing the match 3-0. The Huskies finished the season 6-11-3.

Men's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game against Rockford on Saturday, winning 90-57. The regular season begins on Friday, November 8 against Nebraska Omaha at home. The Huskies will begin with five straight home games, as the team will not travel until November 30 to take on Nebraska. 

Wrestling: Nine Huskie wrestlers placed at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday. Shawn Scott and Jordan Northrup had the best finishes of any Huskie, both taking second in their respective weight class. Next for wrestling is the MSU Open, which will is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.

Cross Country: NIU participated in the MAC Championship Race, finishing 11th overall. Meghan Heuer had the best finish of all Huskie competitors, taking 37th place. On Friday, November 8, the Huskies have their last home event of the cross country season, the Huskie Open. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the NIU North 40. 

Volleyball: The Huskies had two games in the MAC over the last week, winning them both. On Thursday, NIU took on Western Michigan, winning 3-1. On the following Saturday, the Huskies faced Miami (Ohio) and beat the Redhawks, 3-1. NIU is now 15-11 on the season with a 7-5 conference record.

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Women's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game at home against Lewis, taking a win in the exhibition, 76-72. The Huskies will begin their regular season schedule on Friday, November 8 at Green Bay. They'll face the Phoenix in a game set to begin at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies have played three games over the week. At home, against Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 30, NIU dropped in a 1-0 final. On the following Saturday at Hartwick, NIU went to  overtime against the opposing Hawks, but ended up falling 2-1. Then, on Tuesday, October 5 against Western Michigan, the Huskies fell 2-1 once more. 

Football: The Huskies traveled to the east coast for another MAC affair against the UMass Minutemen. The team improved to 9-0 with a 5-0 conference record as they won 63-19. The 19 points was the second lowest figure that the Huskie defense had held opponents to all season in a single game. 

Women's Soccer: NIU saw its season come to a close with the games over the last week. On Thursday, the Huskies took on Toledo, dropping the rainy affair 2-1. On Sunday, they traveled to Miami (Ohio) for the first round of the MAC Championship Tournament, losing the match 3-0. The Huskies finished the season 6-11-3.

Men's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game against Rockford on Saturday, winning 90-57. The regular season begins on Friday, November 8 against Nebraska Omaha at home. The Huskies will begin with five straight home games, as the team will not travel until November 30 to take on Nebraska. 

Wrestling: Nine Huskie wrestlers placed at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday. Shawn Scott and Jordan Northrup had the best finishes of any Huskie, both taking second in their respective weight class. Next for wrestling is the MSU Open, which will is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.

Cross Country: NIU participated in the MAC Championship Race, finishing 11th overall. Meghan Heuer had the best finish of all Huskie competitors, taking 37th place. On Friday, November 8, the Huskies have their last home event of the cross country season, the Huskie Open. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the NIU North 40. 

Volleyball: The Huskies had two games in the MAC over the last week, winning them both. On Thursday, NIU took on Western Michigan, winning 3-1. On the following Saturday, the Huskies faced Miami (Ohio) and beat the Redhawks, 3-1. NIU is now 15-11 on the season with a 7-5 conference record.

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Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois won two games at home over the weekend. On Friday, against Kent State, the Huskies took the lead late and held on to win 2-1. Against Ohio on Sunday, NIU got out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second half and kept ahead of the opposing Bobcats to win 2-1. With the wins, the Huskies clinched a MAC Championship Tournament berth.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies played two matches over the week. The first was on Tuesday, October 22, a game that NIU won against Eastern Illinois, 3-0. On Saturday against Akron, the Huskies dropped a 2-1 affair on the road. The team is now 4-10-0 on the season with a 0-3-0  record in the MAC.

Football: NIU defeated Eastern Michigan 59-20 in a home game on Saturday. Four different players tossed a touchdown in the game, including Jordan Lynch, Drew Hare, Matt McIntosh, and Tommylee Lewis. Lynch also tied his career high in touchdown passes in a single game with four. The Huskies remained undefeated, standing at 8-0 on the season.

Volleyball: NIU split two MAC matches over the weekend. The Huskies played Ohio on Friday, losing 3-1. On Saturday, the team swept Kent State, improving to 13-11 on the season. NIU is currently 5-5 in the MAC. The Huskies have six games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Wrestling: The wrestling team had its annual Red/Black Dual to start the wrestling season. Black won the preseason event, 21-15. Five matches were decided by three points or fewer. The Huskies will be on the road for their first in-season meet, which is slated to be on Monday, November 3 in Brookings, S.D.

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Football: NIU took on Akron in the homecoming football game. The Huskies won 27-20 after a defensive battle with the opposing Zips. NIU rushed for 173 yards as a team with two 80+-yard rushers. Jimmie Ward recorded his fourth consecutive game with an interception.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 0-1-1 on the weekend. On Friday, they tied Bowling Green 0-0. On Sunday, NIU yielded three early goals to Central Michigan and couldn't find a way to get back into the game, dropping the match 3-0. The team is now 2-3-1 in the MAC.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois split its players among two different regional tournaments. Nelle Youel and Arantza de la Torre went to the Midwest Regional, with competing together in the doubles draw. Youel also competed in the singles draw as well. Four other players, Ilse Pacheco, Stephanie McDonald, Cristina Alvarez, and Haley Dekkinga, competed in the Second Chance Regional.

Volleyball: The Huskies played two matches over the week. The first at Toledo on Friday, and it ended in a 3-2 loss for NIU. The second was a 3-0 loss at Ball State on Saturday. NIU now has a 3-3 record in the MAC.

Men's Soccer: NIU had two tight losses over the week. The first was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Northwestern. The second was a 1-0 double-overtime loss at Bowling Green. The Huskies are now 3-9-0 on the season.  

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Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois began MAC play over the weekend with the team touring Michigan. First up was Eastern Michigan on Friday, a 4-1 loss for the Huskies. On Sunday, NIU took on Western Michigan, which also ended in a loss for the Huskies, this one being a 4-2 final.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies played just a single game, which was on Saturday against Michigan State. They lost 2-0 to the opposing Spartans, falling to 3-6-0 on the season. NIU has just two more non-conference games left in the season, and the team will begin conference play this upcoming weekend against West Virginia.

Football: Northern Illinois traveled to Purdue for its third away game this season. The Huskies came home victorious in a 55-24 final. The game was close after the first quarter, but after 38 points combined in the second and third quarters, the Huskies were comfortably ahead to the point where they brought in backups to finish the game.

Volleyball: NIU played two games over the week. The first was at Western Michigan on Thursday, in which the Huskies came back from down two sets to one to win 3-2. The second was at Bowling Green, where the team lost in straight sets, 3-0

Cross Country: NIU attended the Roger Griak Invitional in Minnesota on Saturday. The Huskies finished 27th overall. Ali Olson had the best finish on the team, ending her race in 151st place out of 300 competitors. 

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois competed in the Badger Invitational, held at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. The team finished 13th overall, and they were lead by Nick Huggins, who tied for 33rd overall. Huggins had a three-round total of 226, his best round coming to open the invitational when he shot a 73.

Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in the Kangaroo Invitational, held at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. They finished fourth out of the nine competing teams, being just five strokes behind third place UKMC. Casey LaBarbera lead NIU with a three-round total of 232, her best round being the second when she shot a 74. 


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Football: NIU improved to 3-0 after a tight 43-39 victory against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The Huskies were down 20-0 mid-way through the first quarter, but a 30-0 run by the team propelled them to the 22nd straight home victory for NIU.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois played two games last weekend in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The first was a 2-1 loss against Farleigh Dickinson on Friday. In the second game against Saint Mary's on Sunday, NIU was able to reverse the result from Friday and claim its own 2-1 victory.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies closed out non-conference play when they traveled to Chicago for a match against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers. The game ended in a 1-0 loss for NIU, making it five straight games in which the Huskies have failed to record a win. NIU is now 2-5-1 on the season.

Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois competed in the Drake Invitational with seven other teams. The team was able to take one of the four flights in the event. The Huskies also went undefeated in consolation matches. On the first day, one doubles team was able to make it to the final round of the flight before falling.

Men's Golf: NIU played in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, held in Zionsville, Ind. The team finished 14th overall after three rounds of play. Pierrick Fillon had the best performance for the Huskies, producing a three-round total of 236. His best round was the third, in which he scored a 75.

Volleyball: The Huskies went unbeaten in the Huskie Invitational volleyball tournament held over the weekend. The team went 3-0 to improve to 8-6 overall. On Friday, NIU beat George Washington 3-0 and IPFW 3-1. On Saturday, the Huskies swept Oakland, 3-0

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Volleyball - The Huskies played four matches over the last week, going 1-3 in those affairs. Their record now stands at 5-6 on the season. The win came against Southern Utah in the New Mexico State tournament. NIU featured a balanced offensive attack in that one, with Jenna Radtke, Sarah Angelos, and Mackenzie Roddy each having more than 10 kills in all.

Men's Soccer - Northern Illinois split two games in the NIU Adidas Invitational, falling 1-0 against Butler on Friday, but winning 2-1 against Green Bay on Sunday. Sean Totsch and Jayson LeSeth each had goals in the win against the Green Bay Phoenix. The Huskies are now 2-4-0 on the season.

Women's Soccer - NIU went 0-1-1 on the weekend, dropping the first game at Green Bay 1-0 and tying Western Illinois in a home game, 1-1. Cori Frankenberg scored her second goal of the season in the game against WIU. NIU is now 2-4-1.

Men's Tennis - Northern Illinois pulled down the best team score in the River Forest Invitational. Jovan Zeljkovic won both flights he took part in; the #4 Singles and #3 Doubles. In that doubles bracket, he teamed up with Matt Lynch. The Huskies also had several players finish third in their flights.

Women's Tennis - Arantza de la Torre and Cristina Alvarez both won flights in the Chicago State Invitational. The team also had other players and doubles teams who finished third or better in their flights. The Huskies don't have another event until the first weekend of October.

Cross Country - The Huskies finished fourth in the Illinois State Invitational on Friday, held at the Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Ill. Ali Olson produced the best finish for NIU, taking 16h place in the event. She had a time of 18:19.24 as she crossed the finish line.

Women's Golf - NIU competed in the Cougar Classic, hosted by Chicago State at Harborside International Golf Center. Play ran on Monday and Tuesday earlier this week. Samantha Coyne faired best for the Huskies, finishing eighth among individual players. As a team, the Huskies placed seventh overall.

 

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Volleyball: NIU played three matches over the week, going 2-1 to improve its record to 4-3 on the season. On Wednesday, the Huskies played a back-and-forth match against Western Illinois and won in five sets. On Saturday, NIU faced No. 3 USC and dropped the match in four sets. Later that day, the Huskies took on Belmont and won in four sets. Also of note is that Sarah Angelos became the 20th member of the Huskie 1000-kill club with her performances in those matches.

Women's Soccer: NIU traveled to Brookings S.D. for two games at the Jackrabbit Invitational. They ended up losing both. On Friday, it was a 3-1 loss against South Dakota in which Nicole Gobbo scored her second goal of the season. On Sunday, a late header from opposing South Dakota State sealed a 2-1 defeat for the Huskies.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies faced stiff competition in Bearcat Soccer Classic held in Cincinnati, Ohio over the weekend. Both games ended in overtime losses. The first was a 3-2 loss against Evansville on Friday. On Sunday, they took on No. 14 Saint Louis and lost 1-0. An interesting bit here is that in the second game, the Huskies played man down for more than half of the game and were able to hold the opposition scoreless until a second overtime period.

Cross Country: The Huskies took first their first cross country meet in dominating fashion, taking six of the first seven finish  spots. Held at the NIU North 40 on Friday, NIU had all but two runners place in the top 14. Leah Laffety had the best time, crossing the finish line at 19:29.85.

Men's Golf: NIU finished 15th in the first golf tournament of the year, held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Nick Huggins had the best single round of Huskie golfers, posting a 74 (+2) in the second round on Saturday.

Women's Golf: NIU placed 13th as a team in the Redbird Invitational, hosted by Illinois State University at the Weibring Golf Club. Sydney Brickey had the best scores for the huskies (76, 82, 79), scoring 237 overall.

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Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 1-1 on the weekend. On Friday, the team dropped a weather-troubled game at Purdue by a  4-1 final. On Sunday, the Huskies beat Lewis 2-1 in a double-overtime thriller.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois split two games over the weekend at the Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The first game went well, as the Huskies beat Cincinnati 3-0 on Friday. Unfortunately, the second game resulted in a 2-0 loss to Ohio State on Sunday.

Volleyball: The NIU volleyball team went 2-2 to start the season. Wins came against Green Bay (3-2) and Liberty (3-0) on Friday and Saturday respectively. The Huskies lost a tough one against Ohio State (3-2) on Saturday night and dropped the match against Missouri State (3-1) on Labor Day.

Football: Came away with an exciting 30-27 victory at Iowa on Saturday. Jordan Lynch had 275 yards passing with 3 touchdowns. Jimmie Ward intercepted a pass toward the end of the game to help set up the game-winning field goal from Mathew Sims.


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NIU volleyball players Alexis Gonzalez and Lauren Zielinski are competing with Bring It Promotions at the 2013 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. As a member of Team BIP, the Huskie duo will go up against some of the best players from Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Additionally, both Gonzalez and Zielinski will get sight-seeing opportunities in Venice, Italy, and Lake Bled, Slovenia. As a part of their adventures, Gonzalez will be providing updates from Europe on the pair's experiences.

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ENTRY #1 - Friday, July 12
Allo America! Today we played against the Slovenian Junior National Team and lost 3-2. Although we lost, Z racked up a ton of aces and I even got some blocks! FINALLY! After that, we went to Lake Bled, which is two hours away from Maribor. Lake Bled was beautiful, filled with lots of green trees, a castle on top of the hill, and a church in the middle of the lake. I participated in swimming and boy what a workout that was! I swam while the group walked alongside the sidewalk and was haulin' butt! (Adam would be proud). Tomorrow we have a match against the Hungarian Junior National Team and then we play two sets against the Czech Republic. GO BIP!

ENTRY #2 - Saturday, July 13
Today we started off the day with a two hour practice in preparation for our long day of play. We first played the Hungarian Junior National Team and beat them in straight sets! They felt as though that wasn't enough volleyball and wanted to play a fourth to 15 (which we also won). We then played two sets against the Czech Republic Junior National Team and bet them as well. Six straight sets we won today! Our team played very relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole day. The energy was great, creating a fun atmosphere and making it easier to get the wins we wanted. Naps were needed by all. BIP!

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ENTRY #3 - Sunday, July 14
Today we took a dreadful six and half hour bus ride (it was supposed to be four hours) with no A/C packed with three teams. No seat was left unseated!   Luckily when we got to Pula the Mediterranean Sea was awaiting us. We got to swim in the beautiful clear, blue, refreshing water, as we passed the time until opening ceremony. Before opening ceremony we were able to walk around and see all the sites that this 3,000 year old city had to offer. Opening ceremony was fun as all teams were introduced. To introduce each team, they would play a song that represented each team/country and then that team would go up to take a picture. When our team song came on another USA team went up and took our spot. They were showing pictures of our team and everything! They continued to go on with the ceremony until we proclaimed that we had not gone up yet. Our song was "In Da Club" by 50 cent...we're not sure why.

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ENTRY #4 - Monday, July 15
Today was the first day of game play and we have hit the ground running!! The way it works here is that you play three games no matter what with each team and you get a point for every game you win. We played Hungary this morning and beat them in three straight! Right off the bat we have three points. Then later we played Italy and beat them 2-1. Two more points! Our record is 5-1 thanks to Zs aces!! Were trying to teach the team to shimmy after every ace. It's slowly growing. I swear Z had like six aces today and I am actually blocking balls and playing defense!! You hear that Ray!? Z also had some great ups that came out of no where but boy was I glad they were up. Tonight, we got to rest up because our first game is at 10:30 tomorrow morning with our second game following at 8:30 PM! Go BIP!

ENTRY #5 - Tuesday, July 16
Today was the second day of the tournament and we started it off by playing the Slovenian Club team. We didn't come out as strong as wed like and lost 2-1. We gathered ourselves and prepared for our later match. With me having a concussion I was not game ready. Our outside hitter Melissa Rigo from Stony Brook University stepped in as our backup and ran the show just fine! The whole team stepped up in every aspect (even Z digging balls in middle back) to help us win the game 3-0 against the Czech Republic! Meanwhile, I was sitting on the bench the whole time with the darkest sunglasses and headphones to block out bright lights and loud noises. Our first match tomorrow is at noon against Falconara Italy to start playoffs. Lets go get 'em!

ENTRY #6 - Wednesday, July 17
Greetings from Croatia! This morning was the start of playoffs and we played Falconara Italy, a team we'd beaten 
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before 2-1. Sadly we lost in four, but Z was taking charge in the front row! No ball was left unblocked and no set was left unkilled! She was an ANIMAL! I was a proud mama :) The rest of the day we chilled by the sea and in the pool and then watched our new friends on the USA team play the BIP Continental team. USA lost 3-1 in a close battle. Tomorrow we play Vasas for 5th place at 10:00. Lets kill that court!

Northern Illinois senior student-athletes Lauren Eberts (women's soccer), Samantha Grams (volleyball), Shaakira Haywood (women's basketball), Jenelle McCalla (track & field) and Amanda Sheppard (softball) have been honored as 2013 Outstanding Women Student Awards for their contributions to Northern Illinois University. Awarded annually since 1980, the honor is given by the NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women to 48 women across all disciplines.
 
Eberts, who has a 3.762 GPA in public health, played in every minute of the team's 2012 season. The senior defender helped NIU allow the fewest goals in the Mid-American Conference and the second-fewest shots on goal in NIU's program history.
 
Grams maintains a 3.805 GPA as a health sciences major. The Forest Park, Ill., native earned Academic All-MAC honorable mention laurels during her senior campaign with the Huskies after playing in 24 matches and 62 sets in 2012. Grams totaled 28 kills, 39 blocks and 14 digs during the year, scoring 48 total points during the season.
 
Haywood has a 3.687 GPA in psychology. She played in all 30 games, starting 12 at center in 2012-13 and has played in 37 straight games dating back to February of 2012. Haywood scored a career-high 73 points, averaging 2.4 points a game, shooting 43.3 percent (26-60) on the season.
 
McCalla, who has a perfect 4.0 GPA in psychology, holds the NIU school record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:01.76. This year, the Whitby, Ontario, Canada, native qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships in the 60 hurdles, while also contributing on NIU's 4x400 relay teams.
 
Sheppard has a 3.495 GPA in kinesiology and helped the Huskies reach the 2013 MAC Championship game. The Oak Forest, Ill., native batted .298 and ranked second on the team with a .470 slugging percentage, while playing in all 57 games. Sheppard also was second on the team with 18 extra-base hits, including a team-best 12 doubles and five home runs.

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Football: Northern Illinois wrapped up its regular season Friday with a convincing 49-7 win over Eastern Michigan. Akeem Daniels rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries, while Jordan Lynch combined for 275 yards of total offense in the win. The victory was NIU's 11th in a row and marks the first time that the program has reached the 11-win plateau during the regular season.

Men's Basketball: NIU dropped a close 53-46 decision against in-state rival Loyola Saturday at the Convocation Center. Akeem Springs paced the Huskie offense with 15 points.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies lost a close one at home to South Dakota State Wednesday, 59-58. Jada Buggs led NIU with 16 points, while Satavia Taylor added 10 in the loss.

Volleyball: The Huskies closed out their season Saturday evening with a 3-1 loss at Marquette. Despite dropping the first two sets, NIU made it interesting with a convincing third set win. However, the Golden Eagles' dominant fourth set closed the door on Northern and their season.

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Football: Northern Illinois clinched its third consecutive MAC West title Wednesday night with a 31-24 win over the Toledo Rockets at Huskie Stadium. Jordan Lynch led the Huskies back from a 14-7 halftime deficit with 295 yards passing in the third quarter alone as part of NIU's 21-point explosion. Lynch also became the first QB in NCAA history to pass for 400 yards and rush for 150 in the same game.

Men's Basketball: NIU went 1-1 during the week after a pair of games. On Tuesday, the Huskies took part in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon with a 7 a.m. tilt against Valparaiso. However, the Crusaders' hot shooting was too much in a 69-46 defeat. Northern rebounded from that loss Sunday with a convincing 72-54 win over Judson.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies went 2-0 in the consolation rounds of the WNIT. On Saturday night, NIU knocked off SoCon favorite Davidson in a 64-61 win for Northern's first win of the year. Yet, the squad would top that performance the next night with a 74-46 win over Morehead State.

Volleyball: The Huskies advanced to their third-straight MAC Tournament title match over the weekend, but found a similar result in the final. NIU opened the weekend with a 3-1 win over Akron, as the Huskies won three sets in a row after dropping the first set. They followed that up with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over top-seeded Ohio in which the Huskies dropped the first two sets. However, the run came to an end Sunday afternoon when NIU fell to Bowling Green, 3-2, in the championship match, despite leading two sets to none.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois went 2-1 in their three matches of the NIU Duals. After winning a forfeit-filled opener against Calumet College of St. Joseph, 57-0, the Huskies shut out the Loras Duhawks, 41-0, to set up a final showdown against No. 23 Purdue. However, the Boilermakers handed the Huskies a 37-0 defeat for NIU's first loss of the season.

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois dropped their season opener Friday with a 77-64 defeat at Nebraska Omaha. Aksel Bolin paced NIU with 11 points, while freshman Daveon Balls added 10 for the Huskies.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies started their year off Monday with a tight 45-42 exhibition win over Indiana Wesleyan, as  Amanda Corral led NIU with 12 points and sank to critical free throws late. The squad kicked off their regular season Friday night in Iowa City, Iowa, when they dropped a 63-40 decision to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to a close over the weekend, but not without a run to the MAC Championship match. On Friday, the Huskies held West Virginia scoreless for the second time in 2012 en route to a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers in the semi-finals. However, No. 1 Akron ended NIU's run Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 victory in the title match to clinch the conference crown.

Volleyball: The Huskies wrapped up their regular season with a split against two of the MAC's leaders. NIU dropped a 3-1 decision at Western Michigan Thursday night, despite having two of the four sets go beyond 25 points. However, Northern rebounded on Senior Night Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois kicked off their home schedule in impressive fashion Saturday, grabbing the program's 500th win and knocking off Big Ten foe Indiana en route to a 3-0 performance at the Huskie Duals. The day began with a 36-3 win over Tiffin in which the Huskies won each of the first three matches. They followed that up with a strong 26-12 win over South Dakota State for the 500th win in program history. The day was not complete, though, until NIU got a 19-13 win over Indiana - the team's first over a Big Ten opponent since 2009.

Cross Country: The Huskies ended their 2012 season with a 27th place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Springfield, Mo. Courtney Oldenburg capped off her career by finishing with a 23:17.367 clip despite battling a stomach bug all week.

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Football: The Huskies moved to 9-1 on the year with a 63-0 shutout victory over the UMass Minutemen. QB Jordan Lynch combined for over 300 yards of total offense, while the NIU defense forced four turnovers. The shutout was the first by NIU since Sept. 27, 2008, when they blanked Eastern Michigan, 37-0.

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois opened their season with a commanding 89-56 win against Aurora in an exhibition contest . Six Huskies scored in double figures, including 12 each from Kevin Gray and Mike Davis.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament for the second consecutive season during the week, but not without some added drama. The week began with a 2-0 loss at Western Michigan, putting NIU in a "win or go home" situation Friday at Buffalo. However, Northern punched their ticket to Akron with a tight 1-0 win against the Bulls.

Volleyball: The Huskies improved their MAC Tournament hopes over the weekend with a pair of key road wins. On Friday, NIU fought off Toledo for a 3-1 win. They followed that up with a 3-0 sweep of Ball State in which they dominated most every statistical category.

Wrestling: NIU opened their season Saturday at the EMU Open by putting 13 wrestlers on the podium. Matt Mougin led the way with a third place finish at 174 pounds. Meanwhile, Jared Torrence placed fourth at heavyweight and Rob Jillard took fifth at 149, in addition to Derek Elmore (125), Ethan Davis (141), Caleb Busson (174) Shane Rosenberry (184) and Arber Bebo (197) each taking sixth in their respective brackets. On the fresh/soph side, Shawn Scott (1st - 197), Andrew Morse (3rd - 157), Gabe Morse (4th - 141), Braun Marquez (5th - 125) and Bryan Loughlin (5th - 184) all placed for Northern.

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Football: The Huskies extended their winning streak to eight games Saturday with a 48-34 victory at Western Michigan. After trailing 21-17 at halftime, the NIU offense exploded for 31 points in the second half to put away the Broncos. Jordan Lynch threw for 274 yards and rushed for 136 in the win.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois notched two huge wins during the past week to improve their standing heading into the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Huskies scored a 1-0 overtime win at Northwestern following Charlie Oliver's goal in the 91st minute. Their Saturday match against West Virginia followed a similar script, with Isaac Kannah scoring in the 84th minute for a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers.

Volleyball: NIU split two conference matches to close out October. On Friday, the Huskies dropped a close 3-1 decision against Eastern Michigan despite winning the first set. Northern rebounded the next night behind a commanding 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan for Ray Gooden's 200th career win.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to an end over the week after returning to the MAC Tournament. The Huskies punched their ticket to the conference tournament Thursday with a 2-1 victory at Toledo, their first against the Rockets since 2003. Yet, the Huskies' postseason run came to an end Sunday when they fell 2-0 at second-seeded Central Michigan.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois finished 11th in the MAC Championships in Grand Island, N.Y. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a 20th place finish for the Huskies.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois capped off their fall season with a ninth place finish at the Pinetree Intercollegiate in Kennesaw, Ga. Nick Huggins paced the Huskies with a top 25 finish individually.

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Football: The Huskies won their 16th game in the last 17 and improved to 7-1 in 2012 with a convincing 37-7 victory at Akron. Along with Jordan Lynch's 131 rushing yards, the NIU defense held the Zips to 199 yards of total offense, including only 42 rushing yards on 37 carries.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' offense continued to struggle this week as they completed a 0-1-1 week. On Wednesday, the Huskies could not complete the comeback on the road as they fell to Valparaiso, 2-1. Three days later, NIU and Bowling Green battled to a 0-0 tie in DeKalb.

Volleyball: The Huskies dropped two close road matches over the weekend. NIU lost to Ohio on Friday, 3-1, after taking the first set in a battle of last year's two division winners. Northern faced a similar result the next night with a 3-1 loss at Kent State.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois kept its MAC Tournament hopes alive over the weekend by splitting their two road matches. The Huskies grabbed a huge win Friday with a 1-0 win against Kent State when Kate Wirthlin scored in the 71st minute. Two days later, the tables were turned when NIU lost to Ohio, 1-0.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois put two golfers in the top 10 of the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. Nick Huggins led the team with a tie for fifth, while Matt Gorman tied for seventh.

Men's Tennis: Dor Amir led the way for the Huskies by advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. Maksym Bartiuk also made it to the main draw, while Max Phillips fell just short after blazing through the qualifying draw.

Women's Golf: Northern Illinois took 10th place as a team at the The Preview at Longaberger Golf Club. Allie Parthie paced the Huskies with a fifth place finish, while Connie Ellett and Taylor Ellett took second and third in the Huskie contingent.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois placed three in the top three of their respective brackets over the weekend at the ITA Regional in Rockford, Ill. Mary Malkin, Cristina Alvarez and Haley Dekkinga each took top three finishes in singles, while 

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Football: The Huskies became bowl eligible Saturday with a dominant 45-3 Homecoming victory over Buffalo. Jordan Lynch combined for 361 yards of total offense, while the Huskie defense forced three turnovers on the day. The win marks the fifth straight season that NIU reached the six-win mark.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois battled two of the nation's top five programs this week, but could not pull out a win in either match. The Huskies battled No. 4 Marquette on Tuesday, but lost 1-0 after the Golden Eagles scored in the 80th minute. NIU returned to MAC play on Saturday when they fell to No. 3 Akron, 2-0.

Volleyball: NIU improved their MAC record to 6-2 over the weekend with two wins in interdivisional play. On Friday, the Huskies easily defeated Buffalo in a 3-0 sweep. Things got much more difficult on Saturday night, though, as Akron took a two sets to one lead midway through the match. However, NIU rallied and capped off the weekend with a 3-2 win over the Zips.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois dropped two close conference matches over the weekend in their final homestand of the year. NIU rallied from a 2-0 deficit against MAC leader Miami (Ohio) Friday, but a last second goal by the Redhawks resulted in a 3-2 defeat. Two days later, the Huskies took on Ball State on Senior Day. Following a 71-minute lightning delay in the 25th minute, the Cardinals emerged with a 1-0 victory.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois placed three runners in the top 60 at the Bradley Classic Friday in Peoria, let by Courtney Oldenburg's NIU 6K record time of 21:29. However, the team finished 14th in the final team standings.

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Football: Northern Illinois extended their winning streak to five games with a 35-23 win at Ball State to keep the Bronze Stalk. After trailing the Cardinals 23-21 late in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch found Akeem Daniels for a 54-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. About one and a half minutes later, Lynch outran the BSU defense for a 71-yard scoring run to put the game away. The junior QB combined for 402 yards of total offense in the win.

Men's Soccer: NIU improved to 2-0 in MAC play with a 1-0 win against the Hartwick Hawks Saturday in DeKalb. The match's lone tally came in the 68th minute when Gael Rivera beat Hartwick's goaltender with a hard header.

Volleyball: The Huskies split their two weekend matches as they near the midway point of the conference season. Thursday saw the Huskies drop a 3-0 loss to Western Michigan at Victor E. Court in a match that was closer than the score indicated. NIU rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Miami (Ohio) in which they notched a season-high .412 hitting percentage.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies had two hard-fought matches over the weekend with two different results. NIU rallied in Friday's duel with Bowling Green for a 2-1 win after Courtney Ksiazek scored in the 89th minute. However, Northern found themselves on the other side of a close loss Sunday when they dropped a 2-1 double overtime decision against Central Michigan.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished seventh at the John Dallio Invitational in Lemont, Ill. Griifin Bauman led the Huskies with a second place showing, while Shawn Foley claimed a tie for fifth place.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies posted a solid showing at the Tom Fallon Invitational, finishing with a 3-3 singles record and 5-2 doubles mark. Axel Lagerlof led the way with a 2-1 singles record and 1-1 in doubles to earn All-Tournament team recognition.

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Football: Northern Illinois opened MAC play on a positive note Saturday with a 55-24 dismantling of Central Michigan at Huskie Stadium. Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and Jordan Lynch gained 144 yards on the ground as a part of NIU's 407 total rushing yards. In addition, a fake punt by Ryan Neir and fake field goal touchdown by Mathew Sims sparked NIU to victory.

Men's Soccer: NIU started conference play with a 2-0 win on the road against the Florida Atlantic Owls. After struggling offensively in the non-conference slate, the Huskies got goals from Isaac Kannah and James Stevenson. Jordan Godsey shut out FAU for his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career.

Volleyball: The Huskies returned home after a month on the road with two resounding wins in conference play. On Friday, NIU toppled Ball State, 3-1, while holding the advantage in most statistical categories. That advantage carried over into Saturday night when they swept Toledo, 3-0.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 1-0-1 during their weekend on the road. NIU grabbed their first MAC win of the year Friday with a 1-0 win against Akron, as Frances Boukidis found the back of the net in the 14th minute for the lone goal of the game. Two days later, the Huskies nearly got their second conference win, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie at Buffalo.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois finished 11th out of 51 teams at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. Courtney Oldenburg paced the Huskies with a 20th place finish at 18:09, which was her second-best 5K time in her four seasons at NIU.

Women's Tennis: The Huskies claimed five titles at the DePaul Invitational in Chicago. Arantza De La Torre/Nelle Youel and Haley Dekkinga/Cristina Alvarez each took home titles in doubles Flight A, while Maria Rozo/Stephanie McDonald won in Flight B. In singles, Youel and Dekkinga tied for the Flight B singles title and Mary Malkin won the consolation title in Flight C.

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Football: Northern Illinois captured a huge victory on their home turf Saturday with a 30-23 win against Kansas. Trailing 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch led a 17-point comeback in the final stanza to give NIU their second comeback win in as many weeks. Lynch combined for 369 yards offensively, while the defense tallied four sacks of KU's Dayne Crist.

Men's Soccer: NIU lost both of their matches at New Mexico's Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday, the Huskies went into their fourth overtime game of the year against Denver. However, the Pioneers found the back of the net in the 109th minute for a 3-2 win. Northern ended their weekend with a 3-0 loss to the No. 5 and host Lobos.

Volleyball: NIU split their two matches on the first weekend of MAC play. In a rematch of last year's MAC Tournament title match, the Huskies emerged with a 3-1 win against Central Michigan. However, the Huskies fell the next night when they were swept, 3-0, by Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies posted a 0-1-1 record in the first weekend of conference play. On Friday, the Huskies allowed a penalty kick in the 62nd minute in a 1-0 loss to the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. Two days later, NIU and Western Michigan battled to a 0-0 tie.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished 10th at Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate over the weekend. Griffin Bauman led the charge with a final round 72 to take a tie for 12th overall.

Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in two tournaments during the week. On Monday and Tuesday, NIU took fifth place at Chicago State's Cougar Classic, where Allie Parthie and Jenny Niemiec placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Five days later, NIU placed seventh at the Cardinal Classic behind Connie Ellett's fifth place finish.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies claimed four flight titles at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Axel Lagerlof, Simon Formont and Jovan Zeljkovic each won singles flights.

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Football: Northern Illinois hit the road for the first time in 2012 and escaped West Point, N.Y., with a 41-40 victory over the Army Black Knights. Jordan Lynch combined for 467 yards of total offense - the third-highest single game total in NIU history - and the defense came up with a huge stop inside of two minutes to cap off the rally. The win was also NIU's first road opener win since 2007.

Men's Soccer: NIU split its two matches over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. They opened the tournament with a tough 1-0 loss in the annual LeWang Cup match against Milwaukee. However, they rebounded Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Iona.

Volleyball: NIU posted a 2-1 weekend in their downstate Illinois road trip. The roadtrip opened with a 3-0 sweep of SIU-Edwardsville, where they held a sizable advantage in most every statistical category. In Peoria, they were swept by Long Beach State, 3-0, before toppling Bradley in five sets.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies had a dominant effort Sunday at home with a 4-1 win against South Dakota. Courtney Ksiazek, Cori Frankenberg, Allie McBride and Kate Wirthlin all found the back of the net in the win.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished in 11th place at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Nick Schiavi paced the Huskies with a +5, 218 performance to tie for 15th. Griffin Bauman was second for NIU with a +10 to claim a tie for 31st.

Women's Golf: The Huskies tied for second place at the Green Bay Invitational. Wisconsinite Allie Parthie finished in third place, while freshman Connie Ellet tied for ninth.

Women's Tennis: Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre each won their singles flight over the weekend at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Combined, NIU went 14-7 in singles and 5-4 in doubles play.

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Football: Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and running back Leighton Settle powered the Huskies  to a 35-7 win over UT Martin Saturday night at Huskie Stadium. The duo combined for 166 rushing yards on 32 carries for three touchdowns as both averaged over five yards per carry against the Skyhawks for NIU's first win of the 2012 campaign. 

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois tied both of their matches in the NIU adidas Invitational. On Friday, Northern and Rhode Island battled to a 0-0 tie, with the Huskies limiting the Rams to only one shot. Sunday followed with a 1-1 tie against Drake.

Volleyball: NIU won the Missouri State Invitational in impressive fashion over the weekend with four wins in two days. The tournament began with two sweeps, first defeating Nebraska Omaha then toppling New Orleans. They followed that up with a 3-1 victory against UConn in a battle of Huskies and capped off the tournament with a hard-fought 3-2 win against the homestanding Lady Bears.

Cross Country: Senior Courtney Oldenburg broke the school's 34-year old 5K record Friday at the NIU Open as the Northern Illinois cross country team finished in third placeOn the day, NIU easily defeated DePaul, UIC and Chicago State. The Huskies' trailed only Northwestern and Marquette in the final standings, falling mere points behind the Golden Eagles.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies again split their weekend matches on the road. The Huskies battled the Northwestern Wildcats and the elements on Friday, but were defeated 2-0 in Evanston. They would rebound on Sunday with a 1-0 win against Eastern Illinois courtesy of a fourth minute goal from Cori Frankenberg.

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Football: The Huskies pushed Iowa to the brink Saturday in Chicago, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as the Hawkeyes scored late to claim an 18-17 victory. NIU led for the majority of the game and held a 17-9 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, Iowa's Damon Bullock scored the decisive points on a 23-yard run with 2:15 left in the game. The Huskie defense, though, was a huge bright spot in the game, collecting six sacks of James Vandenberg and limited the Hawkeyes to 268 total yards.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois lost in excruciating fashion Friday night when they fell to Green Bay in double overtime, 2-1. The Huskies' lone goal of the game came in the 69th minute when James Stevenson found Gael Rivera for a quick shot that tied the match at 1-1. Yet, the Phoenix won the match with a winner in the 102nd minute.

Volleyball: NIU went 2-2 during the week in non-conference action. The Huskies started the week with a 3-1 victory against Green Bay in DeKalb, where they outkilled the Phoenix 57-38. In their West Coast opener Friday, Northern claimed a 3-0 win against Nevada for their first sweep of the year. However, the week ended with consecutive 3-0 losses against Portland State and Pacific.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois proved how big of a difference one year could make Saturday, as they claimed the team title at the UIC OpenerSenior Courtney Oldenburg earned her first career win on the day to lead the Huskies to a first-through-fourth finish on the Horse Lake Trail, as Ali Olson, Leah Raffety and Jamie Burr sealed the win for the Huskies.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies split their home-opening weekend matches against in-state foes. On Friday, NIU hung with Illinois State for the majority of the match, but ultimately fell, 1-0, with a 70th minute goal. Northern rebounded Sunday when they hung three on Loyola for a 3-0 shutout victory.

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Mary--WisconsinHigh--Screencap--Small.jpgJust a few days returned from her trip to China for the China-USA Challenge Invitational Tournament, NIU Volleyball senior middle blocker Mary Kurisch graced the cover page of WisconsinHigh.com as she shared her overseas experience in an interview with WisconsinHigh.com's Todd Mishler.  Click here to check it outClick here to read her blogs from China.

NIU STUDENT-ATHLETES HONORED

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TR12 - Outstanding Women Awards (Sio).jpgThis past week, Northern Illinois senior student-athletes Kristin Hoffman (volleyball), Tanya Rachan (gymnastics) and Jenner Sio (track & field) were each honored at the 2012 Outstanding Women Student Awards for their contributions to Northern Illinois University.  The NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women distributed the awards to 43 women from across all disciplines at Northern Illinois.  The Outstanding Women Student Awards have been held since 1980 and celebrate women students for their achievements and contributions.  

Hoffman is an All-American on the court and in the classroom as she helped lead the Huskies to the MAC regular season title.  The history major has already won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and has been admitted to law school at Valparaiso University.

Rachan finished her career with an appearance on floor exercise at the NCAA Regionals after winning the state title and taking second place in the Mid-American Conference on floor.  She scored the first 9.900 for NIU on floor since 2005 and also led the Huskies on vault and competed on balance beam.  A biology major, Rachan plans to attend dental school.

Sio boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA in business management. The senior earned six top-five finishes in the long jump and triple jump during the indoor season, and broke her own school record in the triple jump during the season.  She also owns the NIU outdoor triple jump mark.  

HUSKIES EARN STUDENT CHOICE AWARDS

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For the first time, Northern Illinois Athletics was included in the annual Student Choice Awards event that was coordinated by the NIU Student Association.

NIU head coaches Dave Doeren (football) and Connie Teaberry (women's track and field) were on hand along with volleyball's Kristin Hoffman, Adam Kiel of football and several members of the Huskie football team as the awards were presented on Tuesday, April 10 at the Duke Ellington Ballroom. Doeren was named Coach of the Year while the Huskie football team was the SA's Team of the Year. Hoffman accepted the award as Athlete of the Year, and Kiel was honored for his dedication as a campus leader in the area of community service. The women's track and field team won the award for Most Improved Team on campus, which Teaberry accepted on behalf of the Huskies. 

Congratulations to these award winners and thanks to the Student Association for recognizing YOUR Huskies!

"THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD"

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Huskie Wire's Anthony Zilis recently caught up with NIU Volleyball Head Coach Ray Gooden and his wife Stephanie to discuss the wild ride their careers have taken them on lately.  Click here to read.

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The Huskies earned another conference championship over the weekend with the football team's win against Ohio Friday night, while volleyball's season came to an end in the NCAA Tournament.

Football: The Huskies clinched their first MAC title since 1983 Friday night in Detroit with a 23-20 victory against the Ohio Bobcats. Trailing 20-0 at halftime, NIU engineered a second-half comeback that included three Chandler Harnish touchdown passes and a stout defensive performance. The win, though, was not secured until Mat Sims converted on a 33-yard field goal as time expired. The Huskies will now play Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in the GoDaddy.com Bowl against the Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Volleyball: Northern Illinois's season came to a close Friday night in Ames, Iowa, as the Huskies were defeated by No. 25 Miami, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Lauren Wicinski paced the Huskies with 23 kills, while Kristin Hoffman registered a double-double with 47 assists and 13 digs. NIU finishes the season with a 28-7 record.

Men's Basketball: There were two more tough losses for the Huskies during the week, as NIU lost to Utah Valley and Nebraska Omaha. On Monday night, the Huskies were tied with UVU into the second half, but a scoring drought doomed Northern in a 58-47 defeat. In their return home Saturday afternoon, Tim Toler scored 25 points and the team committed a season-low eight turnovers, but the Mavericks' 52 percent shooting performance lifted them to a 77-72 win against NIU.

Women's Basketball: NIU pulled out a close win Tuesday night with a 53-50 win against instate rival Southern Illinois. Trailing 50-49 late, Alicia Johnson sank a jumper with 13 seconds left to put NIU ahead for good. The Huskies were paced by Amanda Corral, who put in 17 points in the win.

Wrestling: The Huskies pushed Purdue to the brink Thursday night in DeKalb, but couldn't pull out a win in a 19-15 loss at the annual NIU Showcase Meet. Trailing 16-9 with three matches left, the Huskies scored wins at 184 and 197 to pull within one point of the Boilermakers. Yet, Jared Torrence's valiant effort at heavyweight was for naught, as Purdue won the final match in triple-overtime to escape with a win.

With finals week in full swing, the schedule becomes very light for the Huskies. Men's basketball plays their lone road game in December Saturday at UIC, while the women's basketball team also heads to the Windy City to face Chicago State Sunday. Meanwhile, track & field kicks off their 2011-12 schedule Friday at the Iowa State Holiday Preview.

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Over the holiday, two-time reigning MAC Player of the Year Lauren Wicinski was profiled by the Daily Herald's Elena Ferrarin.  Click here to read all about the sophomore standout's story. 

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The Huskies had much to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving weekend, as football clinched the MAC West title for the second-straight season and volleyball earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Football: The Huskies locked up the MAC West championship Friday at Huskie Stadium with a tough 18-12 win against Eastern Michigan. With the offense struggling, the defense stepped up to the occasion with four sacks of EMU QB Alex Gillett, while limiting the Eagles to 280 yards of total offense. Chandler Harnish gave the Huskies the winning points with a 68-yard scamper late in the third quarter.

Volleyball: Northern Illinois closed out their regular season Saturday afternoon with a commanding 3-0 sweep of the Marquette Golden Eagles. NIU held sizable advantages in hitting percentage (.315-.116), blocks (9-1) and kills (41-34) in the victory, which was their second of the season against MU and fourth against Big East opponents. On Sunday, the team learned they would earn a spot in the 64-team NCAA Tournament, where they will face Miami (Fla.) in the first round.

Men's Basketball: Despite shooting over 50 percent from the field in the second half, Northern Illinois was unable to come away with a win Saturday as they fell to Boise State, 71-57, in Taco Bell Arena. Abdel Nader led NIU with 16 points in the game, while Tony Nixon contributed 11 points in the losing effort. The Huskies held a 33-29 rebounding advantage to the Broncos, but also committed 21 turnovers.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies dropped two games against Missouri Valley Conference foes during the week to drop to 2-3 on the young season. The week started with a 50-45 loss to the Bradley Braves, despite Amanda Corral's three treys and seven rebounds. The struggles continued Saturday afternoon with an 81-62 defeat against Illinois State. Ashley Sneed led NIU with 14 points, but ISU's 52.9 field goal percentage was too much to overcome.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois returned to dual action Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., where they went 2-1 at the 2011 Hoosier Duals. The Huskies began the day with a 22-14 victory against Campbell and a 25-7 thrashing of SIU-Edwardsville. However, they would drop their final match of the day against nationally-ranked Indiana, 22-12. Individually, Nick Smith, Tyler Loethen and Brad Dieckhaus won all three of their matches on the day.

With November ending and December beginning, the Huskies will have a big week of competition. The headliners are both Friday, as Football plays Ohio for the MAC Championship at Detroit's Ford Field and volleyball takes on the Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Meanwhile, men's basketball plays at Utah Valley Monday and hosts Nebraska-Omaha Saturday, women's basketball takes on Southern Illinois Tuesday, and wrestling hosts Purdue in the annual Showcase Meet.

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This past week was one characterized by big games for NIU Athletics. Football took a step closer to their second-straight MAC title, volleyball tried to take home the MAC Tournament championship and men's soccer advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA College Cup.

Football: Northern Illinois trailed by as many as 17 points against the archrival Ball State Cardinals, but an explosive offense and an effective two minute drill helped lift the Huskies to a 41-38 victory over BSU. In the game, Chandler Hanrish set a school record with 519 yards of total offense, while Mathew Sims' two field goals late in the game helped NIU tie then win the Battle for the Bronze Stalk.

Volleyball: For the second straight season, the Huskies came up just short in their quest for the MAC Tournament championship, NIU swept Bowling Green, 3-0, on Friday to advance to the semifinals. There, they took down Ball State, 3-1, to set up a showdown with Central Michigan Sunday afternoon. Yet, it was not meant to be for NIU. After trailing, 2-0, the Huskies stormed back to tie the match a two sets apiece, but the Chippewas would take the decisive fifth set by a 15-11 margin to win the tournament, 3-2.

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois' struggles continued on the hardwood this week, as the team went 0-3 with two close losses at home and one on the road at Iowa. Monday, NIU nearly pulled off an amazing comeback in the final minutes against Milwaukee, but it was the Panthers who emerged with a 59-57 win. The Huskies then traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday, where they ran into a hot-shooting Hawkeye team, falling 88-55. The team completed their week at home against Eastern Illinois with a 67-55 loss to the Panthers.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies went two-for-two in DeKalb this week with two exciting wins in the Convocation Center. On Wednesday, NIU went to double overtime against Western Illinois before taking a 91-84 decision against the Leathernecks. In the game, six Huskies scored in double figures. Northern followed that up with an impressive 58-52 win against the Temple Owls, a team that was nationally-ranked a season ago.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to a close this past week in the NCAA College Cup, as the team advanced to the Round of 32 before bowing out. The Huskies opened up their tournament with a bang Thursday with a 3-0 win against Western Illinois in the tournament's opening round. NIU's defense played a major factor in the game, allowing the Leathernecks only one shot on goal the whole 90 minutes. That run, however, came to an abrupt halt on Sunday, as the Creighton Bluejays used their nationally-ranked defensive unit to stop the Huskies, 3-0.

The Huskies' schedule for Thanksgiving week includes a trio of games sandwiched around Turkey Day. On Wednesday, the women's basketball team will welcome Bradley to the Convo for a Thanksgiving Eve tilt at 7 p.m. Then on Friday, football will try to clinch the MAC West championship and a spot in the Marathon MAC Championship game at 10 a.m. when they face the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. The Huskies' Thanksgiving homestand wraps up Saturday afternoon when volleyball takes on BIG EAST power Marquette at 4 p.m. inside Victor E. Court. Additionally, wrestling travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosier Duals and basketball heads west for a Saturday night game against Boise State.

HUSKIES CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS TO BE HONORED

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Two Mid-American Championships in one weekend. Take a deep breath, and say it again... 


Needless to say, it's a great day to be Huskie. Thursday night, the women's volleyball team claimed the MAC West and regular season titles with a 3-1 triumph at Western Michigan, the Huskies first at WMU since 2007. To boot, it was NIU's first MAC regular season championship in a decade.


Fast forward to Sunday and teleport to Akron from Kalamazoo, and the Huskies triumphed over Western Michigan Sunday in similar 1-0 fashion to clinch the Mid-American Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament - the first such championship for NIU since 2006.


Let me repeat my opening statement: It's a great day to be a Huskie!


To honor the outstanding accomplishments by these men and women, NIU will honor the team's during the men's basketball game tonight (Nov. 14) against Milwaukee during a timeout and will also congratulate the team's in the first quarter of NIU's Black Out football game versus Ball State. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.


If fans of the men's soccer team would like to celebrate with the Huskies today, Fatty's will be hosting a NCAA Selection Party at 3:30 p.m. Come on out and watch to see what lies ahead on the road less traveled for the Northern Illinois Huskies.

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It was a monumental week for Northern Illinois athletics, as the men's soccer team won the MAC Tournament championship - earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament in the process - and the volleyball team won the MAC West Division and regular season titles.

Football: The Huskie offense kept up their offensive momentum Tuesday against Bowling Green with a 45-14 thrashing of the Falcons. Chandler Harnish led the NIU attack with 294 yards passing and 151 on the ground, while the entire offense accumulated 623 total yards on the BGSU defense. On the other side of the line, the Huskie defense shut out the Falcon offense in the second half, limiting them to a measly 90 yards in the last 30 minutes of the game.

Volleyball: Northern Illinois went 2-0 during the week to clinch the 2011 MAC regular season championship and the top seed in this week's MAC Tournament. On Thursday, the team traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich., where they dispatched the Western Michigan Broncos, 3-1, to wrap up the MAC title. The Huskies extended their winning streak to 13 matches Saturday with a hard-fought 3-2 win against Bowling Green.

Men's Basketball: NIU opened their regular season Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind., where they fell to the Purdue Boilermakers, 96-34, in the rededication of Mackey Arena. Tim Toler paced the Huskie offense with 11 points on the night, while Freshman wing Abdel Nader added nine points and freshman forward Kevin Gray grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies dropped two games during the week to open their 2011-12 season. Tuesday, the team lost in an exhibition game against Indiana Wesleyan, 61-52, as NIU struggled to find any offense. They followed that up Sunday by dropping a 73-42 decision in Chicago against the Ramblers of Loyola. Ashley Sneed led NIU with a career-high 12 points on the day.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois brought home the MAC Tournament championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament over the weekend with a pair of wins in Akron, Ohio. In the semifinals Friday, the Huskies used a Gael Rivera second half goal to get past Buffalo, 1-0, meaning they would face fourth-seeded Western Michigan, who upset top-seed Akron on penalty kicks earlier in the day. Sunday's title match also came down to the wire, but Sean Totsch found the back of the WMU net with 6:40 left in regulation to win, 1-0. NIU's NCAA Tournament opponent will be determined Monday afternoon on NCAA.com.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois put two wrestlers on the podium Saturday at the Michigan State Open, as Nick Smith and Rob Jillard both took top four finishes in East Lansing, Mich. Smith, who was competing less than two hours from his hometown of Ida, Mich., advanced all the way to the finals after winning three matches at 125. However, he would fall in the championship to Northwestern's Levi Mele. Jillard finished fourth at 133 after making it to the semifinals with two dominating wins.

Cross Country: The NIU cross country team closed out their 2011 season Saturday when they hosted the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional. The team finished 28th behind Courtney Oldenburg's time of 23:21.16 on the 6K NIU North 40 to finish 121st. Further behind the junior was freshman Jamie Burr, who posted a season-best second place showing among Huskie runners with a time of 24:25.02 to take 164th overall.

Northern will have at least one team competing every day this week, including a host of games in DeKalb. Football highlights the week with a Tuesday night showdown against Ball State at Huskie Stadium in the Battle for the Bronze stalk. In addition, men's and women's basketball each have a pair of home games, including a doubleheader Sunday, while men's soccer will learn their opponent for Thursday's first round Monday afternoon. The top-seeded women's volleyball team will head east to Geneva, Ohio, to compete in the MAC Tournament.

"LOVE AT FIRST SPIKE" ON THE VOLLEYBALL STAFF

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Coley Pawlikowski 4.jpgThey met through playing volleyball, and now married, they coach together on the same team.  NIU volleyball Assistant Coaches Dan and Coley Pawlikowski's journey was recently chronicled by the Northern Star's Mike Romor.  Click here to read.

COVERAGE FROM VOLLEYBALL'S BIG WEEKEND

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Volleyball vs BSU 1.jpgIt was a big weekend for the NIU volleyball team, as the Huskies entered in second place in the MAC West Division and left the weekend in first after 3-0 wins at home over Toledo and Ball State.  NIU is currently tied with Western Michigan for first place in the West and the No. 1 overall seed in the MAC Tournament.  The Huskies and Broncos meet in Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday to break the tie.

Reactions from the successful weekend are right here:

"Schepler's ace puts volleyball team in first in MAC" -- by Ryan Wood, Daily Chronicle

"Somebody grab a broom - NIU volleyball defeats Toledo" -- by Abbe Barton, Northern Star

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With the move into November, Northern Illinois also began the transition to its winter sports schedule with men's basketball and wrestling opening their schedules and football, men's soccer and volleyball entering the home stretch of their respective slates.

Football: It was a wild game in Toledo's Glass Bowl between NIU and the Rockets, but it was the Huskies who emerged victorious by a 63-60 score. Trailing by four late in the fourth quarter, Huskie QB Chandler Harnish found Perez Ashford in the back corner of the endzone with 19 seconds left to give NIU the win, a share of the MAC West lead and bowl eligibility. Among the standout performances were Harnish's career-high six touchdown passes - three of which went to Nathan Palmer - and Tommylee Lewis' two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

Volleyball: Northern Illinois earned its 22nd and 23rd wins of the season and extended their current winning streak to 11 over the weekend at Victor E. Court with victories over MAC West rivals Toledo and Ball State. On Friday, the Huskies used a .429-.256 hitting percentage advantage and nine aces to defeat the Rockets, 3-0. NIU earned a critical 3-0 win Saturday night to push themselves into a tie for first place with Western Michigan.

Men's Basketball: The young Huskies squad showed signs of promise during Friday's exhibition against Carthage College, but it was the Red Men's 13 three-pointers that doomed NIU in Carthage's 74-70 overtime win at the Convocation Center. Abdel Naber put up a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tim Toler scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois wrapped up their 2011 regular season schedule by splitting a pair of road matches. The Huskies outshot Milwaukee Wednesday, 21-10, but were unable to fin the back of the net in a 1-0 non-conference loss, ceding control of the Lewang Cup. Northern would return to their winning ways on Saturday, though, with a crucial 2-1 win against the Hartwick Hawks. The victory gave NIU the No. 2 seed in this weekend's MAC Tournament in Akron.

Wrestling: The Huskies opened their 2011-12 regular season with a split in the triangular with North Central and No. 21 Stanford. After a sluggish start, NIU posted four straight wins to take a 30-15 decision against the North Central Cardinals. Later, Northern dropped a tough one to the nationally-ranked Cardinal, 20-13, after leading 13-7 through six matches.

NIU enters the thick of November with a busy week coming up. On Tuesday, the football team travels to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons and women's basketball takes on Indiana Wesleyan in the Convocation Center in exhibition action. In addition, volleyball closes out their regular season with two big road matches at Western Michigan and Bowling Green, men's soccer heads to the MAC Tournament, wrestling competes in the Michigan State Open, and both basketball teams open their regular seasons on the road (men at Purdue; women at Loyola).

NIU VOLLEYBALL SHOWING NATIONAL PRESENCE

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With a huge weekend ahead, the Huskies are on the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) map.  In the AVCA's weekly blog, Saturday's 7 PM CT NIU-Ball State contest at Victor E. Court is mentioned as one of the key national match-ups of the week.  Ball State stands just one game ahead of NIU for first place in the MAC West Division and the Huskies are looking to avenge a five-set loss in Muncie, Ind., on Sept. 30, which is also the last time that NIU dropped a match.  Since then, the Huskies have reeled off nine straight wins and have stayed ahead of the Cardinals in the RPI rankings.  NIU leads the MAC with a No. 20 ranking, while BSU stands 33rd.  With their last two MAC home matches this weekend, the Huskies could grab a share of first place in the West and overall in the MAC with wins Friday against Toledo and Saturday over the Cardinals.

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The Huskies closed out October with a light week of competition, as only five teams were in action. Despite the short week, it was a highly successful one with volleyball extending their season-long winning streak and men's soccer clinching a spot in the MAC Tournament.

Volleyball: The Huskies made it nine in a row this weekend in Michigan as they recorded wins at Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. On Friday, NIU avenged last month's home loss to the Eagles with a 3-1 victory in Ypsilanti, Mich. The win also gave Huskie head coach Ray Gooden his fourth 20-win season in ten season at Northern. The Huskies followed that up Saturday with another 3-1 win, this time against the Chippewas of Central Michigan.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois posted their third-straight conference win and clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament with a 3-0 rout of Bowling Green. Pat Sloan, Kenny Kranz and Jayson LeSeth all scored goals for the Huskies in the win, while goalie Jordan Godsey made four saves to record the shutout. The shutout was the ninth of the season for NIU.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies closed out their 2011 season with a tough 2-0 loss to Western Michigan in DeKalb. NIU had several chances to score, but was unable to find the back of the net in the loss. Northern finishes the season with a 2-15-2 record overall and 1-10-0 in the MAC.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois placed 11th at the MAC Championships Saturday in Muncie, Ind., posting a one spot improvement from last season. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a time of 23:01.60, taking 54th place in the field. In second place for the Huskies was Claire McAuley, who crossed the finish line in 23:05.10.

Wrestling: NIU kicked off their 2011-12 season Saturday afternoon with the annual Wrestle-Offs. The exhibition, which helps determine the starting lineup for the season, saw the Black team top Red by a 17-14 margin. Nick Smith, Kevin Fanta, Tyler Loethen and Arber Bebo notched wins for Black, while Rob Jillard, Caleb Busson, Mike Lukowski and Jared Torrence got wins for Red.

The Huskies kick off November with football taking on Toledo at the Glass Bowl Tuesday night and men's basketball opening their season with an exhibition at the Convocation Center against Carthage. In addition, volleyball is at home against Toledo and Ball State, wrestling hosts Stanford and North Central and men's soccer travels to Milwaukee and Hartwick.

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It was clearly a successful week for Northern Illinois, as they won all but two games during the past week. Meanwhile, men's golf and women's tennis posted excellent performances in their final competitions of the fall season

Football: After building a 31-10 lead through three quarters, the Huskies held on to beat Buffalo Saturday, 31-30, when the Bulls missed what would have been the tying extra point with 14 seconds to go. During the game, Chandler Harnish broke another NIU career record by surpassing George Bork's completion record in the second quarter. On defense, the Huskies picked off two passes and recovered two muffed punt returns.

Volleyball: Northern Illinois pushed their winning streak to seven with two dominating wins over MAC East opponents over the weekend. On Friday, the Huskies blanked Kent State, 3-0, courtesy of 51 kills and a 33.6 hitting percentage. NIU repeated that performance Saturday against MAC East leader Ohio, sweeping the Bobcats, 3-0, in a rematch of last season's MAC Tournament championship.

Men's Soccer: NIU posted their first two wins in MAC play during the week to improve to 2-2 in conference and 10-4 overall. On Wednesday, the Huskies used two second half goals from James Stevenson and solid goaltending from Jordan Godsey to shut out Western Michigan, 3-0. For Sunday's Senior Day, it was Stevenson again who was the hero, finding the back of the net in the 41st minute to lift Northern past Florida Atlantic, 1-0.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies wrapped up the road portion of their schedule over the weekend, dropping two matches in Ohio. Against Miami (Ohio), the Huskies fell 3-0 after being outshot 19-8 in the match. The team's struggles continued Sunday, when they fell to Bowling Green by a 2-0 margin despite holding the Falcons without a shot in the first half.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois traveled to Maryland Monday and Tuesday for the Georgetown Intercollegiate, placing seventh out of 12 teams. Bryce Emory paced the Huskies with a third place finish individually, while Matt Gorman took 27th place. The tournament was NIU's last for the fall season, as they will return to action in February for the MAC Match Play tournament.

Women's Tennis: The Huskies put the finishing touches on their 2011 fall season over the weekend, as they hosted the ITA Second Chance Regional in Rockford, Ill. In singles, the team posted eight wins over the weekend, while they were 4-2 in doubles play.

It will be a relatively light week for NIU Athletics, as only five teams will be in action. In DeKalb, women's soccer wraps up their season with a match Thursday against Western Michigan and wrestling begins their season Saturday with the annual Wrestle-Offs. Also, volleyball heads east to face Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, men's soccer battles Bowling Green Saturday and cross country competes in the MAC Championships in Muncie, Ind.

WICINSKI A SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FACE IN THE CROWD

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Wicinski_SI_Faces.jpgNIU volleyball star Lauren Wicinski's media parade continues this week as she is featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" for the Oct. 24 issue that just hit newsstands and mailboxes.  Go pick up a copy to see for yourself or click here to see the online version!

WICINSKI FEATURED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Wicinski _Tribune.jpgNIU volleyball sophomore standout Lauren Wicinski continues to blossom, and the Chicago Tribune's Philip Hersh featured her story in today's paper.  Click here to read.

The 2010 MAC Player and Freshman of the Year is also featured in the Northern Star today by writer Abbe Barton for her "assault" on the Huskie volleyball records.  Click here to read.

WICINSKI FEATURED ON VOLLEYBALL VOICES

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Huskie volleyball standout Lauren Wicinski continues to grab national headlines as she is featured on Volleyball Voices this week. Click here to read her interview.

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The middle week of October was a successful one for NIU Athletics. The hallmark moment was off the field, though, as the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center Campaign kicked off Saturday before the Huskie football team took on Western Michigan for Homecoming. The 83,500 square foot facility will house a full-size, 120-yard artificial surface football practice field with buffer space surrounding the field on all sides, in addition to a four-lane track, batting cages, and storage cages, among other amenities.

Football: It was a very successful Homecoming for the Huskies, as NIU throttled West Division rival Western Michigan, 51-22. Northern accumulated 697 yards of total offense against the Broncos, including 494 on the ground. In addition, Chandler Harnish became the 11th quarterback in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision history to gain 200 yards rushing and passing in the same game.

Volleyball: Northern Illinois earned their second consecutive 2-0 weekend with two key wins over MAC East foes Akron and Buffalo. On Friday, the Huskies were pushed to five sets against the Zips, but used a commanding fifth set to propel them to a 3-2 win over UA. NIU returned to the court Saturday night against Buffalo, defeating the Bulls in a 3-0 sweep. Sophomore Lauren Wicinski led the Huskie attack with a career-high seven aces.

Men's Soccer: NIU traveled to Northwestern in their lone match of the week Wednesday. Despite solid defense in the first half and some chances on offense, the Wildcats dropped the Huskies at Lakeside Field, 2-0. The loss was the first for NIU against a Big Ten opponent in over two years.

Women's Soccer: It was a heartbreaking two matches for the Huskies, as they were dealt two one-goal losses at home. On Friday, NIU lost to Eastern Michigan, 1-0, on a windy day at the NIU Soccer Complex. The Huskies returned to action Sunday afternoon with a match against defending MAC champion Central Michigan. Despite limiting the Chippewas' offense to only seven shots on goal, Northern still dropped the match, 1-0.

Cross Country: The Huskies wrapped up their 2011 regular season with a 14th place out of 21 teams showing at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a time of 22:42.09, which ranks as the 12th best 6K time in NIU history.

Men's Tennis: NIU headed east to Columbus, Ohio, for the ITA Midwest Regionals. In the main draws, Axel Lagerlof advanced to the Round of 32 before falling to 15th-seeded Stephen Hoh of Illinois in straight sets. In doubles, Maksym Bartiuk and Roman Turtygin also advanced to the Round of 32, but fell to Ohio State's 12th-ranked duo of Kevin Metka and Steven Williams, 8-1.

Women's Golf: Northern Illinois could not solve the Hawthornes Golf and Country Club course Monday and Tuesday in Fishers, Ind., as they placed 14th at the MAC Preview. Allie Parthie led NIU tied for 72nd place with a 171-shot performance.

Six Huskie teams will be in action during the upcoming week, including a pair of men's soccer matches at the NIU Soccer Complex Wednesday and Sunday and volleyball hosting Kent State and MAC-leading Ohio at Victor E. Court.

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Five Huskie teams were in action during the past week. Among the highlights were Saturday's football win over Kent State and volleyball's two wins in conference play.

Football: Northern Illinois returned to Huskie Stadium Saturday to post a dominating 40-10 victory over Kent State. The Huskie defense only allowed seven rushing yards and 70 yards of total offense on the day, while recording 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks in the rout. Chandler Harnish found the endzone twice and Matthew Sims was a perfect four-for-four on field goals.

Volleyball: The Huskies won both of their matches during the week to improve to 4-2 in MAC play. On Thursday, NIU swept Western Michigan, 3-0, while sophomore Lauren Wicinski became the fastest Huskie to join the 1,000 kill club. Northern doubled Thursday's performance Saturday night by topping Miami (Ohio), 3-0, on NIU Volleyball Alumni Night.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies kicked off a three-game road trip Tuesday when they headed north to face Marquette. After going scoreless in regulation and in the first overtime, Jayson LeSeth launched a shot into the right corner of the MU net to win it for the Huskies, 1-0. NIU then traveled east to face defending NCAA champion Akron, where they fell to the No. 3 Zips, 2-0.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois tallied their first MAC win of the season Friday night, when they defeated Buffalo, 1-0. Lauren Eberts scored the lone goal with a marker in the 67th minute. On Sunday, NIU and Kent State combined for five goals in the match. However, KSU's two scores in the final four minutes of play edged them ahead of NIU, 3-2.

Women's Golf: The Huskies closed out their home tournament on Monday by placing seventh in the 12-team field. Allie Parthie paced NIU with a tie for ninth place, while Kelsie Passolt and Katie Kuhn both posted top 30 finishes at the Kishwaukee Country Club.

Northern Illinois' homecoming week will feature seven teams in action, including Saturday's crucial football game against Western Michigan and two home women's soccer matches.

FIVE MINUTES WITH KRISTIN HOFFMAN

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Hoffman_Kristin.jpgThe Northern Star recently caught up with volleyball's senior setter Kristin Hoffman for a "Five Minutes With" session.  Click here to read.

WICINSKI FEATURED IN THE BEACON NEWS

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Wiz - Beacon-News.jpgAfter going off for a career-best 39 kills Saturday at Toledo, the nation's kills leader Lauren Wicinski was featured by Rick Armstrong in the Beacon News on Sunday.  Click here to read.

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Six Huskie teams were in action during the last full week of September, including volleyball opening MAC action at home and football closing up their non-conference slate against Cal Poly.

Football: Northern Illinois got back on track Saturday with a convincing 47-30 victory over Cal Poly. The Huskie offense set season-highs in first downs (33), rushing yards (355) and total yards (542), while the defense only allowed seven points in the first half to help NIU to a 34-7 halftime advantage. During the game, quarterback Chandler Harnish broke George Bork's 48-year record of touchdowns accounted for when he hit Perez Ashford on a three-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.

Volleyball: The Huskies split their conference-opening matches over the weekend at Victor E. Court. NIU won only their second conference opener in 10 years on Friday with a 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan, extending their win streak to four and stopping CMU's win streak at four. That Huskie win streak, though, was snapped on Saturday night, as Eastern Michigan left DeKalb with a 3-1 victory over NIU.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois improved to 7-1 on the season Saturday with a 1-0 win over the Drake Bulldogs. The lone goal of the game came from the foot of James Stevenson, who pushed a shot past Drake goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec in the 26th minute. Jordan Godsey was again stellar in net with seven saves on the day.

Women's Soccer: NIU fought long and hard on Friday and Sunday, but lost both matches on their MAC opening weekend. The Huskies welcomed conference favorite Toledo to DeKalb on Friday and took them to overtime before falling 1-0 on an overtime goal by the Rockets. Their struggles continued on Sunday, as they dropped a 3-0 decision to Ball State.

Men's Golf: The Northern Illinois men's golf team headed to southern California for the Saint Mary's Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, where they finished tied for 13th with Pacific. Bryce Emory led NIU with a +10, 226 to finish tied for 31st overall, while Nick Schiavi was tied for 33rd with a +11, 227 performance.

Men's Tennis:
The Huskies headed to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Invitational over the weekend. Axel Lagerlof highlighted NIU's weekend by advancing to the A Bracket finals before falling to Drake's Anis Ghorbel 6-2, 6-2. The Swede also won the doubles consolation bracket, teaming up with Max Phillips to go 2-1 in the doubles side.

The Huskies will wrap up September and begin October this week with a host of competitions. Both soccer team's will be in action Friday through Sunday, while the women's golf team hosts the NIU Huskie Classic Sunday and Monday.

HUSKIE VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES TO GET VOTES IN AVCA TOP 25

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With today's release of the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association's top 25 poll, the NIU volleyball team remains in the top 25 mix for the third straight week.  In the Sept. 5th poll, the Huskies received six votes and received four in last week's poll.  This week, NIU gathered four votes again after a 2-0 home weekend that featured a pair of sweeps.

The Huskies' only three losses this season have all been to top 25-caliber teams.  NIU has fallen to No. 14 Northern Iowa, No. 16 Iowa State and Texas A&M, who received 21 votes in this week's poll.  The Huskies also have a win over Cincinnati, who also had four votes in this week's poll.

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It was an eventful week in Huskie athletics, as six teams were in action during the past week. The main event, of course, was the Soldier Field Showdown II between NIU and No. 7 Wisconsin, where 41,068 people watched the Huskies and Badgers play inside the historic Chicago stadium.

Football: Keyed by 384 yards of total offense from QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois, 49-7, at Soldier Field. The Huskie offense, meanwhile, could only manage 237 yards of total offense against the stout UW defense. During the game, Dr. Kenneth and Ellen Chessick made a $3 million gift to Northern Illinois Athletics that will name the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Indoor Facility. The gift is the largest ever made to NIU Athletics and the second largest ever made to the university.

Volleyball: Northern Illinois won their second and third straight matches over the weekend, as they returned to Victor E. Court to face UIC and South Florida. On Friday night, the Huskies doused the in-state rival Flames in a 3-0 sweep, as they outhit UIC .371-.103. On Sunday afternoon, NIU moved to 3-0 against Big East teams with a 3-0 win over the USF Bulls. On the season, eight of NIU's 11 wins have come by sweeps.

Men's Soccer: The No. 13 Huskies went down to the wire twice over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic, encountering different results both times. On Friday, NIU was shocked in overtime by Xavier, who used an overtime marker to defeat the Huskies, 2-1. Northern got back on track Sunday afternoon, though, as Gael Rivera's overtime goal sent the Huskies home with a 2-1 win over Cal-Davis.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies turned up the defense in two home matches over the weekend at the NIU Soccer Complex. On Tuesday, NIU outshot Eastern Illinois, 24-7, but was unable to reach the back of the net in a 0-0 tie with the Panthers. NIU would redeem themselves for Sunday's Senior Day festivities with a dominating 2-0 shutout of Loyola to earn their first win of the season.

Women's Golf: The Northern Illinois women's golf team teed off on their 2011 fall season with two tournaments in neighboring states. On Monday and Tuesday, the Huskies took fourth place at the Green Bay Invitational in Green Bay, Wis., with Katie Kuhn leading all Huskies with a total of 149. The squad returned to action over the weekend at the Cardinal Classic in Munice, Ind. with an eighth place finish.

Men's Tennis:
Northern Illinois began their fall schedule over the weekend in River Forest, Ill., at the River Forest Collegiate Invitational. Leading NIU on the courts were Maksym Bartiuk and Axel Lagerlof, who both emerged from singles competition undefeated.

With the men's golf team currently in action in sunny California, six teams will be in action over the next week, including football hosting Cal Poly Saturday afternoon and women's soccer and volley each hosting a pair of matches in DeKalb.

HOFFMAN FEATURED IN AURORA BEACON-NEWS

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In 2007, NIU volleyball senior setter Kristin Hoffman was named to the Beacon News All-Area First Team as a standout senior for Batavia High School.  Four years later, Hoffman runs the show for the Huskies, who are receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll, and is NIU volleyball's first Academic All-American (2010). 

However, Hoffman isn't the only one from the 2007 Beacon News All-Area First Team to go on to have a successful college career, as Rick Armstrong documents in a feature story Tuesday.  Click here to read.

NIU Volleyball Gets Four Votes in AVCA Top 25 Poll

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VBall Team UNILast week the Huskie volleyball team received six votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches Poll.  Following a 3-1 week of play on the road, NIU has remained in the AVCA coaches' minds as they received four votes this week.  Prior to last week's poll, the Huskies had not received votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll since 2001. 

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The Labor Day weekend was a busy one for Huskie athletics, as five teams were in action during the long weekend. During the week, the Huskies finished 7-1-1 in competition, while volleyball won the Bluejay Invitational in Omaha, Neb., and men's soccer took the Michigan Invitational title.

Football: The Huskies kicked off their season in dominating fashion Saturday night with a convincing 49-26 triumph over the Army Black Knights. After Army drew within 7-6 midway through the first quarter, Chandler Harnish and the Huskie offense exploded for 42 unanswered points en route to a 49-6 lead after the third quarter. The Huskies would finish the game with 509 total yards of offense against the Black Knight defense.

Volleyball: Coming off a 3-0 win against Green Bay on Tuesday, the Huskies took home the Bluejay Invitational title in Omaha, Neb. The team opened with a 3-0 sweep of host Creighton on Friday night. They followed that up on Saturday morning by toppling Marquette by a 3-1 margin. They would close things out against South Dakota with a 3-0 sweep of the Coyotes to clinch the tournament title.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois captured the Michigan Invitational title over the weekend with two wins over 2010 NCAA Tournament squads. On Friday, NIU knocked off Oakland, 2-1, on a 85th minute goal from Pat Sloan. They would follow that up on Sunday with a 1-0 shutout of the host Wolverines, with Sloan scoring the lone tally in the match.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies had two matches over the weekend against Missouri Valley Conference members Illinois State and Northern Iowa. On Friday, NIU made the short trip south to Normal, Ill., where they fell to the Redbirds, 5-0. However, Sunday's performance against the UNI Panthers was more promising in a 1-1 tie. Despite falling behind early, the Huskies tacked on a goal in the 46th minute from Corrine Frankenberg. However, neither team was able to break the deadlock.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois opened their 2011 season at the UIC Opener in Palos Heights, Ill., which was the Huskie debut for head coach Greg Hipp. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a 12th place finish on the two-mile course, crossing the line with a time of 11:48.90. Also in the top half of the field were Claire McAuley (25th - 12:15.10) and freshman Jamie Burr (26th - 12:15.90).

All five squads will be in action next weekend as well, including men's soccer hosting the NIU adidas Invitational Friday & Sunday, women's soccer at home against Wisconsin Thursday and cross country hosting the NIU Open on the North 40 course Saturday morning. Stay tuned to www.niuhuskies.com for all the latest news on Huskie athletics.

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The Huskies opened the first weekend of the new school year with plenty of action, as the volleyball and women's soccer teams both hosted tournaments, while the men's soccer team traveled to the Gateway City to take on Saint Louis.

Volleyball: The Huskies kicked off their 2011 season with the NIU Invitational, where they compiled a 2-2 record between Friday and Saturday. Northern Illinois opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over IUPUI. On Friday night, NIU posted an impressive 3-0 sweep against Cincinnati - a team that went to the NCAA Tournament last season and received votes in the AVCA Preseason Poll. However, the Huskies dropped both of their matches on Saturday, falling to No. 18 Iowa State, 3-1, and No. 14 Northern Iowa, 3-0.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies used a dominant first half and stingy defense to take down the Billikens of Saint Louis, 2-1, in NIU's first regular season match of 2011. Northern Illinois tallied goals in the 36th and 42nd minutes - in addition to out-shooting SLU, 8-1 -  to take a commanding 2-0 lead into the half. Despite numerous chances for Saint Louis, goalkeeper Jordan Godsey and the NIU defense never relinquished the lead.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies dropped both of their matches this weekend, as they hosted South Dakota State, North Dakota and Western Michigan in the NIU Tourney. On Friday, Northern Illinois took on SDSU and fell by a score of 3-0, despite shutting out the Jackrabbits in the second half. NIU returned to the pitch on Sunday, but had similar results, as they were downed by the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota, 2-0.

The 2011-12 year gets even busier this week, as football and cross country open up their respective seasons, while volleyball, men's soccer and women's soccer all hit the road for more tournament action. Stay tuned to www.niuhuskies.com for all the latest news on Huskie athletics.

WICINSKI & HOFFMAN MENTIONED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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NIU volleyball's Kristin Hoffman and Lauren Wicinski were both mentioned by the Chicago Tribune Tuesday for being named to the Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team.  Click the links for more info.

Angelos & Wicinski Go Abroad Today

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Wiz-Angelos Chronicle.jpgNIU volleyball sophomores Sarah Angelos and Lauren Wicinski are headed to Europe today.  The second-year duo will be traveling to Pula, Croatia, for the seventh annual European Global Challenge on July 17-22 as members of the USA Volleyball A2 Junior National Team.

Angelos and Wicinski will participate in a three-day training camp with Great Britain's Senior Women's National Team, which is set to compete in the 2012 London Olympics, before heading to the 2011 European Global Challenge to face some of the world's top national, collegiate and club teams.

Recently, the Daily Chronicle's Ryan Wood caught up with both Huskies before they left.  Click here to read today's article about Angelos and Wicinski's unique trip.

Also, be sure to come back to NIUHuskies.com in the upcoming weeks to see video footage of their trip.

Coached by Northern Illinois volleyball assistants Dan and Coley Pawlikowski, Huskie incoming freshmen Jess Lubic, Haley Norris and Emily Paschke led their Kane County Gold club team to a first place finish at the 2011 Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Ariz.  Most of the 64-team field was from volleyball hotbeds California, Arizona, Hawaii and Texas.

In the semifinals, KCG took down Club Troy, who is run by University of Southern California Coach Mick Haley.  Then KCG lost to Santa Monica Beach Club in the winner's bracket finals (18-25, 26-24, 15-17).  Since the tournament was double elimination, KCG had to play the next morning versus the loser's bracket's City Beach, from the bay area.  After defeating City Beach, KCG played Santa Monica again, and won in two sets (25-23, 25-15).  Because Santa Monica had yet to lose in the bracket, KCG had to play one more set to determine the championship, and won 25-22 to claim the prestigious title.

Congrats to the Pawlikowskis, Jess Lubic, Haley Norris and Emily Paschke!  
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"Swing Away" is their name and that's exactly what they did. NIU volleyball assistant coach Coley Pawlikowski (pictured on the left), who is the team captain, and her Swing Away girls went undefeated (10-0) over the weekend to win the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championship, avenging last year's second place finish. Hosted in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Convention Center, Pawlikowski and Co. took down the best of the best around the country from May 28-June4. Playing as the libero, Pawlikowski helped her team be the last one standing in the AA division, which was comprised of 19 of the best teams from all over the nation.

A former Huskie herself, Pawlikowski's team is composed of several other former NCAA Division I players from CSU San Bernardino, Dayton, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wake Forest.

USA Volleyball has hosted its annual championship tournament for 80 years and it's one of the largest national championships of all sports in the United States. For more information, visit the USA Volleyball website.

NIU volleyball incoming freshman MacKenzie Roddy was recently featured on TheBackSet.com as she is getting ready for Southern California Volleyball Association's Regionals with her club team, Rancho Valley Volleyball Club.  Click here to read the article.
Recently, Northern Illinois volleyball's Kristin Hoffman went on a community service tour with Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF).  During her week-long trip, the junior took NIUHuskies.com's Flip Cam with her to give Huskie fans a glimpse of her trek and the people she reached out to.

Most students like to get away and go wild on spring break.  But not Hoffman, who has been one of NIU's most community service-dedicated student-athletes.  For her spring break, Hoffman wanted to be involved with STLF because the organization's mission reflects her own personal values.  Founded in 2003, STLF's mission is to reveal leadership through service, relationships, and action.  Whether the setter is on or off the court, Hoffman displays those characterstics in community service trips, leading the NIU volleyball Relay For Life team and on the court as the captain of the offense.  The video below shows Hoffman in action, displaying such wonderful characteristics.

NIU Volleyball Spring Update #2

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The Northern Illinois volleyball team traveled to Madison, Wis. this past weekend to compete in Wisconsin's Spring Badger Invitational.  The Huskies split with Iowa (25-27, 25-14), split with UW-Milwaukee (21-25, 25-19), defeated Michigan Tech (26-24, 25-15), and fell to Minnesota (15-25, 19-25).

Amber Walker made her debut at libero against Wisconsin, joining the spring rotation at the position that also includes Sue Hayes and Justine Schepler.  Walker led the platoon with 20 digs on the weekend.

Lauren Wicinski contributed a team-best 21 kills over the four matches.  Allison McGlaughlin posted 16, while Meghan Romo and Sarah Angelos chipped in with 15 each.

NIU continues its spring schedule this Saturday at Northern Iowa.  The slate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa includes Drake, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, and South Dakota State.

NIU Volleyball Spring Update

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Last weekend, NIU hosted its annual Salvani Spring Play Date.  During the successful, undefeated run for NIU, the Huskies split against Lewis (25-21, 19-21) and beat the NIU Alumni Team twice (25-19, 25-13 and 25-22, 25-20), Loyola (25-16, 25-9), Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (25-19, 25-17), Winona State (25-23, 25-18).

Of the notable performances from the day, Amber Walker played significant time at outside hitter and passed the ball very well.  Sue Hayes and Justine Schepler platooned the libero spot well.  Meghan Romo played in all six rotations, scoring well out of the back row.  Mary Kurisch played solid all day as the main middle blocker and was a dominant physical presence.

The Huskies head to Madison, Wis., on Saturday to take on Iowa, Marquette, Michigan Tech, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and host Wisconsin.

2011 Volleyball Signee MacKenzie Roddy Featured on TV

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ARMSTRONG ALL OVER IT

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Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News had a busy couple of days covering Northern Illinois University Athletics. He had three stories in today's paper. He had this feature on the Mid-American Conference's Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Year, Lauren Wicinski. He also filed this feature story on NIU defensive lineman Mike Krause and what his return to the field meant to the team this season. He also had a preview story on tomorrow's match up with Ball State and the Huskies opportunity to clinch the MAC West with a victory.

ESPN TAKES NOTICE OF WIZ

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Any of NIU's opponents thus far, much of the Northern Illinois region, and the Mid-American Conference are well aware of the impact that freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) has had on the Huskies.  The leader in points, kills, and aces during NIU's school record 23-2 run ranks No. 1 in all three categories among freshman in the nation.  A few features have been done by local media outlets, but now, ESPN has taken notice, giving "Wiz" a shout-out in its weekly update on the college volleyball scene.  Here's the link, check it out.

SUNDANCE LEARNS A NEW SPORT

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Sundance Wicks, men's basketball assistant and man of the world, learns some new tricks on the volleyball court, courtesy of Coley and Dan Pawlikowski. The Pawlikowski's are assistant coaches for the NIU volleyball team, which is currently tearing up the competition with a 23-2 record. Boom. Shaka. Laka.