Huskie Volleyball Falls In Both Friday Matches At Lady Topper Volleyball Invitational

GO HUSKIES Allison McGlaughlin led the Huskies with 24 combined kills on Friday.
Allison McGlaughlin led the Huskies with 24 combined kills on Friday.

Sept. 11, 2009

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team dropped both of its matches on Friday at the Lady Topper Volleyball Invitational on the campus of Western Kentucky as the Huskies (4-6) were beaten 3-0 by Memphis early in the day and 3-0 by the Lady Toppers in the night cap.

After losing the first set, 25-19, to Memphis in NIU's morning match, the Huskies fought back hard only to drop the next two sets by a combined four points, forcing overtime in the third.

With the score knotted 20-20 in the second set, NIU fell behind 22-20 after Memphis scored on an attack error by Cassie Yates (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and a kill by Lauren Thompson, causing NIU to call a timeout. Out of the break, the Huskies fired right back to tie it after Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) notched a kill, Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) committed a handling error, and Hoffman and Mary Kurisch (LaCrosse, Ill./West Salem) combined on a block to force Memphis to take a timeout. Just as NIU did, the Tigers came out of the timeout ready to go and scored the final two points of the set, 25-23, with a kill by Katlin Inglish and an attack error by Dani D'Ambrose (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail).

In the third set, the Huskies had a 22-20 lead after a kill by Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton), but Memphis tied the score after a service error by D'Ambrose and a block by Emily Underwood and Christine Bach. The two teams then exchanged points, leaving the score knotted 26-26 before an attack error by Meghan Romo (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) and a kill by Underwood ended the set, 28-26, and gave the Tigers the match.

McGlaughlin led NIU with 14 kills and 14 digs for her third double-double of the season. Hoffman tallied a team-high 24 assists, while Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) led the defense with 15 digs.

In their evening match against WKU, the Huskies were out-hit .389 to .118 and out-killed 44 to 31 as the Lady Toppers built early leads and maintained them throughout the match to earn the 25-20, 25-13, 25-18 win over the Huskies.

McGlaughlin led NIU in kills once again with 10, while Amanda Tadla (Oaklawn, Ill./Oaklawn) tallied 24 assists. Hughes tallied a team-best 11 digs on the defensive side.

The Huskies finish the Lady Topper Volleyball Invitational tomorrow with an 11 a.m. CT match against Tennessee State.




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