GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Davenport
and No. 21 Northern Michigan, the two hottest teams in the GLIAC coming in, met on Friday night for a clash inside the DU Student Center. The Wildcats won the match in four sets and handed the Panthers their first home loss of the season.
Northern Michigan 3, Davenport
1 (23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25)
7-4, Northern Michigan 10-1
||Hayley Kreiger (22), Riley Groves (16), Megan Herr (7)
||Groves (.351), Kreiger (.327), Herr (.235)
||Gabie Shellenbarger (3), Nicole Odeen (1), Nina Rudnitsky (1)
||Emmy Webb (7), Kreiger (3), Kendra DeJonge (3)
||Odeen (47), Rudnitsky (5), Kreiger (2)
||Rudnitsky (18), Kreiger (11), Shellenbarger (7)
- Kreiger notched 20+ kills in back-to-back matches for the first time in her career.
- She'd had 20 or more kills in a single match just twice in her first two seasons combined.
- Is hitting a red-hot .343 in the last three matches with 60 kills and only 14 errors on 134 attacks.
- Prior to this season, Groves had never had more than 13 kills in a single match, but has done it in back-to-back matches with 17 and 16, respectively.
- Odeen has racked up at least 40 assists in back-to-back efforts for the first time in her career thanks to a personal-best 52 in the second win over Wayne State.
How It Happened
- The first period set the tone for the match as it saw nine ties and five lead changes.
- Neither team led by more than two until Northern Michigan went ahead by three, 17-14.
pulled within one on five different occasions, the last being 24-23, before the Wildcats scored the final point to seal the set.
- With a final margin of six points, the second set was the most lopsided of the night, but still saw three deadlocks and two lead changes.
- The difference came when the visitors cut their deficit to one for the final time at 15-14, but the home team scored 10 of the final 15 points to win the set and tie the match at one set apiece.
- Five more ties and four more lead changes came in the third set, but Northern Michigan led it by as many as eight at 20-12 and 21-13.
didn't go away quietly, though, and responded with an 8-1 run that cut it to one, 22-21.
- However, the Wildcats scored three of the next four points to win the set.
- The fourth period was all Panthers early on as they scored the first five points and seven of the first eight.
- Back came the Wildcats, though, as they reeled off eight of the ensuing nine points to go ahead by one, 9-8.
- Following two more lead changes and five more ties, the final being 22-22, Northern Michigan again ended it with a 3-1 run to win the set and the match in four.
and Northern Michigan will play the rematch on Saturday in the Student Center with the first serve set for 1 p.m.
Story by: Cooper Weidenthaler