Volleyball: April 2011 Archives

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.
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