March 14, 2006
Peoria, IL - The Northern Illinois University volleyball team proved to be less than gracious guests, as the visiting Huskies swept host Bradley, 30-25, 30-23, 30-27, in the championship match of the Radisson Hotel Invitational at the Robertson Memorial Field House on Saturday evening.
Junior libero Gina Guide was named the tournament MVP, while teammates Kate McCullagh and Corinne Walsh were named to the All-Tournament squad. In four matches, Guide finished with 66 digs for an average of 16.5 per contest.
McCullagh posted a match-high, 25 kills to help propel the Huskies to victory, but NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden knows that there were many players that contributed to the victory alongside the Woodstock, Ill., native.
"It was a great team effort tonight," Gooden said. "The numbers, however, do not reflect the effort that this team put forth.
"There were a lot of unsung heroes that stepped up tonight."
Guide, in particular, proved to be a steadying defensive influence amongst her teammates throughout the tournament.
"Gina is incredibly deserving of the MVP award," Gooden said. "She played a pivotal role for us and provided stability for us on the court."
With the victory, NIU improves to 7-4 on the campaign, while the Braves drop to 3-6 overall.
Bradley's Lindsay Stalzer posted 16 kills for the Braves in defeat.
NIU will be back in action on Friday night, as they will take on Montana in the opening match of the Denver Invitational at 6:00 p.m. (CST).