Nov. 9, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team used early runs and solid serving to notch a 30-18, 30-23, 30-19 win over Ball State at Victor E. Court on Friday night. With the win, the Huskies improve to 12-17, 6-9 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Cardinals drop to 5-23, 4-11.
"I thought we served the ball well tonight, especially Monica Lang," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "She served a lot of balls tonight, which was great, even though the box score won't show it. We just wanted to make sure we took care of the ball on our side of the court."
With a 3-2 lead in game one, sophomore Monica Lang (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) served for a Huskie 8-0 run that started with a Lang service ace and included a pair of kills from junior Irene Johnson (Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg) and sophomore Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio / Northview). NIU was then able to ride the early run to a 30-18 win.
In game two, with the score in favor of the Huskies 13-12, NIU went on a 4-0 run to open up a 17-12 lead, getting kills from Johnson and Schoenrock. The Cardinals were unable to get any closer as the Huskies finished the game 30-23.
With a 10-7 lead in game three, NIU used a 9-0 run to build a 19-7 advantage. The run propelled the Huskies to a 30-19 victory and included two kills each from Johnson and Schoenrock along with two blocks and a kill from sophomore Joelle Beisel (Rossville, Ind. / Rossville).
"Joelle was getting in there and doing it," said Gooden. "It was nice for her to come out and show it to everyone tonight. We are excited to see that. We stressed making positive touches at the net and being better at the net. We did a really good job with the blocks and scoring on over-passes tonight. That was big for us tonight."
Johnson led the Huskies with 13 kills, while Schoenrock added 11. Senior Mandi Caputo
(Chicago, Ill. / Immaculate Heart of Mary / DePaul) tallied a double-double with 34 assists and 12 digs. Freshman Maddie Hughes
(St. Charles, Ill. / North) totaled a team-high 18 digs for the Huskie defense.
Brittany May led the Cardinals with nine kills. Cassie Conner notched 16 assists to help the BSU offense and Alyssa Rio added 17 digs for the Cardinal defense.
The Huskies play their final regular season home match tomorrow against Toledo at 7 p.m.