Sept. 27, 2008
NIU 3, BGSU 0 Final Box
DeKalb, Ill. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team earned its first 2008 Mid-American Conference victory with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-20 win over Bowling Green (10-6, 0-2) on Saturday night. The Huskies (9-7, 1-1) are now 7-1 at home and have won every match in three sets at Victor E. Court.
"It was great for our team to go out there and defend our home tonight," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "We played flat on Thursday, and it was nice to get back home and defend our place."
NIU opened up the first set with a 10-4 advantage that propelled the Huskies to a 25-17 win after hitting .432 and totaling 19 kills, while surrendering just 13 to the Falcons.
"We did a really good job of slowing them down and putting them under pressure," Gooden said. "We were winning points that led to positive runs."
After taking the second set, 25-21, the Huskies found themselves down, 11-6, in the third set. The Huskies would then go on a 10-3 run to take a two point advantage, 16-14. The spurt was sparked by freshman Allison McGlaughlin's (Morton, Ill./Morton) serving as she tallied an ace and forced Bowling Green to serve up a pair of overpasses that junior Cassie Yates (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) hammered down.
The Falcons then tied it, 16-16, with an ace of their own before NIU ended the match with a 9-4 charge that was filled with seven Bowling Green errors and kills from McGlaughlin and junior Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview).
"We were down there for a bit and then we made a run with Allison serving," said Gooden. "Maria [Benitez] had a good serving run and so did Jody [Hardwick]. We were able to put pressure on their offense and it worked to our advantage."
Yates led the Huskies with a career-high 11 kills and .714 attack percentage. She had previously tallied 10 kills on five separate occasions.
"It was great to see Cassie come alive tonight. She and Kristin [Hoffman] had a good rhythm. Jokingly, it was great to see her finally shatter the 10-kill mark."
Schoenrock registered 10 kills, and has reached double-figure kills in every match this year.
Freshman Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) notched 25 assists and sophomore Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) led the Huskies with 10 digs.
NIU heads to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to face Central Michigan (7-6, 1-0 MAC) on Friday, October 3 at 6 p.m. CST.