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Sunday December 10, 2023
Tech Stuns Northern In GLIAC Volleyball Quarters

This story was written by Michigan Tech University Athletics (MTU Photo)

The Michigan Tech volleyball team advanced to the semifinal round of the GLIAC Tournament for the seventh straight season after a 3-0 sweep of Northern Michigan Wednesday at the SDC Gym. The Huskies won 25-22, 25-14, and 25-15 to beat the Wildcats for the first time this season.

With the victory, the Huskies have now defeated every team in the GLIAC at least once this season. Tech will play GLIAC top seed and No. 25-ranked Grand Valley State on Saturday.

"This was the best win of the year," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "Not just the outcome and consequence, but the way we played from start to finish. This was a team that we hadn't beaten yet, they have some weapons we needed to manage, and we are all aware of what happened the last time we played them. We knew it was the season on the line, and I couldn't be more proud of the way our team responded today."

Tech jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never trailed in the opening set. NMU used a 9-1 run to make it a one-point match at 19-18, but the teams traded points down the stretch and the Huskies pulled it out. Meg Raabe had the final point for the home team as she pounded down 10 kills and the team hit .357 in the first.

The Huskies built an eight-point lead in the second and then took a 2-0 lead after a 6-1 run to finish it before the break. Five different Huskies had at least a pair of kills as the Huskies hit .524 and forced NMU into -.077.

Tech again built a seven-point lead in the third before NMU showed late life, cutting it down to a four-point match. The Huskies scored seven of the final eight points and turned to senior captain Lindy Oujiri to end a long rally at setpoint. She put down the kill for her final point at the SDC Gym. Meg Raabe had seven kills in the third and Oujiri added five.

"I'm super proud of Lindy," Jennings added. "She's had a great career here and has been an important part of our team. To see her come through today to extend her season means a lot to her, to me, and to her teammates."

Meg Raabe
 had a match-high 20 kills while hitting .543. She has racked up 20 kills in three of her last five matches.

"She's a special player who is just good at volleyball," said Jennings. "She's smart and coachable and the kind of kid you want on your team. She's only a sophomore and has a lot of good volleyball ahead of her."

Lindy Oujiri
 was the only other player with double-digit kills with 10. Kaycee Meiners and Rachel Zurek combined for 13 kills. Tess Hayes set the offense with 35 assists and added 10 digs. Amelia Albers tallied a match-high 12 digs.

Tech split with GVSU in the regular season, sweeping the Lakers in Houghton in September and falling 3-1 in Allendale in late October. No. 22 Ferris State will play in the other semifinal against either Parkside or Davenport.

This story was written by NMU Sports Information

The Northern Michigan volleyball team fell in three sets to Michigan Tech 22-25, 14-25, and 15-25 in the GLIAC Quarterfinals, ending its season at 12-18. 

Northern found themselves in a hole right away after an early five-point run by Tech gave them a 7-1 edge. The Huskies pushed the lead to double-digits at 16-6 and later led 19-11, but NMU battled back with Liesl Haugen serving, scoring the next seven to tighten it up at 19-18. NMU was never able to pull even, as Tech scored three of the next four and finished the set 25-22. Jacqueline Smith had five kills in the set for the Green and Gold.

The second set mirrored the first, as Northern faced an 8-3 deficit despite opening with the first two points. The sides then exchanged the next six points. NMU was never able to string together points, as MTU finished the second set scoring six of the final seven, resulting in a 25-14 triumph.

As was the case for the Wildcats all night, they faced another hole in the third, this one reading 7-2. Northern scored four straight on kills from Smith and Meghan Meyer to close the gap to 14-10 halfway through the set, but the Huskies again ended strong, recording seven of the final eight to finish off the match 25-15. 

Smith led the Wildcats with nine kills, while Meyer added eight. MTU's Meg Rabbe had a strong performance with 20 kills on a .543 attack percentage. Senior Lauren Van Remortel added 25 digs in her final game while Evynn Layshock contributed four kills and three digs as a senior.

NMU had difficulty on the attack, hitting just .129 to Michigan Tech's .330.  

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