Volleyball Downs Bowling Green State, 30-27, 30-23, 23-30, 30-24
OH --- Northern Illinois University junior middle blocker Kate McCullagh
(Woodstock) tallied a match-high, 19 kills, to reach her 1,000th
career kill in a Huskie uniform and added 11 digs as NIU earned
the 30-27, 30-23, 23-30, 30-24 Mid-American Conference victory over
Bowling Green State University at Anderson Arena on Sunday (10/2)
the 15th player in school history to reach 1,000 kills for her career,
passing Carrie Prewitt (1979-82) for 14th in school history with
a great milestone for Kate," NIU head coach Ray Gooden said.
"She's made some pretty big strides in the past few years,
so that's very cool."
in the Huskie cause was sophomore outside hitter Amy Ward (Sycamore)
and senior middle blocker Corinne Walsh (Evergreen Park). For the
fourth consecutive weekend, Ward notched a career-high with 17 kills,
while Walsh added 12 putaways.
With the victory,
NIU improves to 9-9 overall and 2-2 in Mid-American Conference action,
while the host Falcons drop to 7-8 on the campaign and 1-3 in MAC
NIU was solid
defensively as well, with four different players recording double-digit
digs in the victory, led by a career-high 30 digs from senior defensive
specialist Marie Zidek (Orland Park / Marian Catholic). Those 30
digs are the second most in school history for a four-game set.
some great defensive play tonight that helped us score some points,"
Meghan Mohr topped the Falcons with 15 kills followed by Stephanie
Swiger (11 kills) and Corrie Mills (10 kills).
a huge win for us," Gooden said of the MAC road victory. "We're
going to take it and run."
NIU will be
back in action on Friday evening as the Huskies travel to Mount
Pleasant, MI, to square off with Central Michigan University at
6 p.m. (CDT).