Nov. 3, 2005
Blanks NIU Volleyball, 30-25, 30-28, 32-30
DeKalb, IL -
The Northern Illinois University volleyball team is getting ever
so close to the top of the hill, but smooth sailing is still a ways
forth a valiant effort, the Huskies could not find that one play
that would put them over as Western Michigan University earned the
30-25, 30-28, 32-30 Mid-American Conference sweep over NIU at Victor
E. Court on Thursday night.
WMU senior middle
hitter Shaylen Jackson recorded a hitting percentage of .538 (14
kills, 0 errors, 26 attacks) to propel the Broncos to victory. Jackson's
teammates Kathryn Babcock (12 kills, 11 digs), Abby Gephart (9 kills)
and Jenifer Sulewski (45 assists, eight kills) turned in solid efforts
for WMU as well.
weren't able to score that ball we needed to in order for us to
get over the hump," Northern Illinois Head Coach Ray Gooden
said. "That was it, we had our chances."
hard tonight and I thought we really had chances to do well,"
Gooden continued. "It just didn't work out the way we needed
With the victory,
Western Michigan improves to 16-8 overall and 9-5 in Mid-American
Conference play, while the Huskies drop their third straight match,
falling to 12-16 on the campaign and 4-9 in MAC action.
As a team, WMU
finished with a hitting percentage of .263 (57 kills, 21 errors,
137 attacks) to NIU's .204 (51 kills, 23 errors, 137 attacks).
NIU junior middle
blocker Kate McCullagh (Woodstock) and sophomore outside
hitter Amy Ward (Sycamore) each posted a match-high 15 kills
to pace the Huskies in defeat.
will be back in action on Saturday night, as they host Miami (OH)
at 7 p.m. at Victor E. Court in NIU's Convocation Center. Prior
to the contest, the Huskies will celebrate "Senior Day",
honoring the careers of Megan Sprangers (Elgin/Larkin), Corinne
Walsh (Evergreen Park) and Marie Zidek (Orland Park/Marian
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