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March 26, 2009

Huskie Happenings


NIUHuskies.com, the official online home for Northern Illinois Athletics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new web-based blog, "Huskie Happenings." The section includes links to a daily newsstand, online chats, feature stories and interviews, game-day and multimedia information, promotions, calendars and much more. We hope this will become your first and last stop everyday for all the information you crave about Huskie Athletics.

The "Huskie Happenings" addition will be more interactive with visitors of NIUHuskies.com. For that to work, this must be a a two-way street, or even one of those really confusing five-way stoplights. That means we need to hear from you. I know you're out there, Mr. or Ms. Fan Who Wants to Be Heard. So step up, and e-mail us at houghtaling@niu.edu.


NOW SERVING


Yes! Huskie volleyball is back!

The Northern Illinois women's volleyball team started its spring competition last Saturday with the annual Salvani Spring Playdate at the NIU Recreation Center. The Huskies welcomed Loyola, Lewis, Winona State University, St Joseph's (Ind.) and a group of NIU volleyball alums. The alumni team was organized by former Huskie Megan Markowski (2003-04) and included the following:

Jen VonderHaar (1999-2002)
        -2001 Mid-American Conference champion


       

-1999 MAC Freshman of the Year


       

-2000 second team All-MAC middle blocker

Tera Lobdell (2001-04)


        -2001 MAC Champion


        -2001 MAC Freshman of the Year


        -2004 first team, 2002 second team All-MAC middle blocker

Kate McCullagh (2003-06)


        -2003 MAC All-Freshman team


        -2006 MAC Player of the Year


        -2006 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

Irene Johnson (2005-08)
        -2007-08 Academic All-MAC team and 2007 second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V

The Huskies finished 8-3 on the day which included a 2-1 win against the alums in the final match of the day.

Unofficial stats had Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) leading the team in kills with 53 while Cassie Yates (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and Dani D'Ambrose (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail) finished with 39 and 36 kills, respectively. Additionally, libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) passed 57 of 99 balls successfully.

Read Chris Dertz's article for the Northern Star about Saturday's action here.

The Huskies will be back in action this Saturday in Milwaukee, Wis. with a four-team playdate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more info on the NIU volleyball spring schedule check out this story.


BEARING THE COLD

Despite the frigid 38 degree temperatures and familiar DeKalb area winds, the NIU softball team will be in action at home this afternoon, playing a doubleheader against Valparaiso, beginning at 3 p.m. As always, you can follow all the action on Gametracker; and the game will also be broadcast live over the internet at the following link.


OPENING DAY ROUNDUP

We promised an NIUHuskies.com Spring Preview to you yesterday, and today, we deliver, as does John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune in this story. In that story, John quotes Coach Kill as saying he feels "110 percent better" this year than last. Not just 10 percent better, folks, 110 percent. That's twice as good, plus a little extra.

Also, our man at the Daily Chronicle wrote a solid article about Chandler Harnish taking over for Larry English as the leader of the Huskies.

"NIU LIVE" SPECIAL GUESTS

Tonight's edition of NIU Live, airing at 10 p.m. on The Score (WSCR 670 AM), features a pair of top notch guests: Northern Illinois University President Dr. John Peters, and Huskie Head Football Coach Jerry Kill. Host Andy Garcia will be on his own tonight to handle those heavy hitters, as Associate V.P./Director of Athletics Jeff Compher isn't able to make it the show this week. If you aren't near a radio tonight at 10 p.m., you can tune-in live at 670thescore.com.


SOFTBALL AT HOME TODAY


Be sure to "catch" NIU Softball today at 3 p.m.!

A month ago, we would have practically given our first born child for 50 degrees and sunny. It looks like that's going to be where we're at for today's softball double header. So get out to Mary M. Bell Field for today's games against Valparaiso! First game is at 3 p.m., but you can swing by after work for game two, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. You can read all about the match-up in this preview.


O'CONNOR O'HONOR

Though the wrestling team wrapped-up its season over the weekend at nationals, sophomore Bryan O'Connor wrestled in an accolade before shutting the door on the matroom for the offseason. The conference placed him on its Academic All-MAC Team, and with a 3.4 GPA in physical therapy, I can see why.


BASEBALL BACK-UP

Baseball was supposed to play Bradley yesterday in Peoria, but decided not to because baseball isn't much fun in the rain. Instead, the Huskies will try to make cowards of the Braves today at 4 p.m. with a pair of seven-inning games. Bradley is 5-11, while Ed Mathey's club come into the games at 8-12.

Event Calendar

Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Nov 26 at Iowa
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Nov 26 at Eastern Illinois
Football
Friday, Nov 28 at Western Michigan
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Nov 29 vs South Dakota St.
Wrestling
Saturday, Nov 29 vs West Virginia
Wrestling
Saturday, Nov 29 vs Binghamton
Wrestling
Saturday, Nov 29 vs Sacred Heart
Men's Basketball
Sunday, Nov 30 vs Maine
Women's Basketball
Sunday, Nov 30 vs Delaware State or UNLV
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Dec 2 at DePaul
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