Hayley Kreiger
Walter Cronk
3
Northern Mich. NMU 10-1,10-1 GLIAC
1
Davenport DU 7-4,7-4 GLIAC
Set Scores
Team 1 2 3 4 F
Northern Mich. NMU 25 19 25 25 (3)
Davenport DU 23 25 22 23 (1)

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3/27/2021 | 1 p.m.

Game Recap: Women's Volleyball |

No. 21 Northern Michigan Deals Davenport First Home Loss

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.

FINAL: Northern Michigan 3, Davenport 1 (23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25)
RECORDS: Davenport 7-4, Northern Michigan 10-1

Team Leaders
Kills Hayley Kreiger (22), Riley Groves (16), Megan Herr (7)
Hitting % Groves (.351), Kreiger (.327), Herr (.235)
Aces Gabie Shellenbarger (3), Nicole Odeen (1), Nina Rudnitsky (1)
Blocks Emmy Webb (7), Kreiger (3), Kendra DeJonge (3)
Assists Odeen (47), Rudnitsky (5), Kreiger (2)
Digs Rudnitsky (18), Kreiger (11), Shellenbarger (7)

Primary Performances
- 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.
- Davenport 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.
- Davenport 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.

Next Up
Davenport 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
 
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