Sept. 16, 2008
UW-M 3, NIU 1 Final Box
Milwaukee, Wis. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team lost a set for the first time in its last 15 as UW-Milwaukee (7-3) took the first two sets en route to a 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, victory. The Huskies' five-match winning streak came to an end as NIU drops to 7-6 on the year.
"For as good and bad that both teams played during stretches of this match, it was very competitive," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "Unfortunately, we got out-experienced in the second set. We should have been tied at one, but fell down 2-0 after a couple big runs.
"We came back in the third set to win like we should have, and in the fourth set we had some momentum, tying it at 24, but just couldn't capitalize on it."
After dropping the first set, 22-25, Northern Illinois had a 19-13 second set lead disappear as a result of a Panther 12-1 run, giving UW-Milwaukee the set, 25-20, and a 2-0 advantage that proved to be too much for NIU to handle.
"They went on a really big run to win that set," Gooden said. "We just didn't make smart enough plays and those are things they will learn and get better at as they mature."
The Huskies rallied back in the third set, building a 17-12 lead after freshman Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton) scored two aces in a row. The five-point cushion was enough to push the match to a fourth set after McGlaughlin tallied four straight kills to put NIU up 24-18. Two plays later, junior Cassie Yates (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) ended the set with a kill, 25-19.
"Allison had a really short memory from set two to set three," said Gooden of McGlaughlin's team-high 18 kills. "She bounced back nicely in the third set and it was nice to see. The team did a solid job of helping her score points."
In the fourth set, the Huskies made the Panthers go through three set points before UW-Milwaukee was able to win the match after Huskie freshman Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) missed on a serve and junior Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) came up empty on an attack.
Along with 18 kills, McGlaughlin also had eight digs. Schoenrock tallied 16 kills and junior Amanda Tadla (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn) totaled 40 assists for the Huskie offense.
Sophomore Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) led the NIU defense with 16 digs.
With the weekend off, the Huskies resume play next Tuesday, September 23 against DePaul (1-7) in Chicago at 7 p.m. CST.