DULUTH, Minn. – In a matchup of two undefeated teams, Northern Michigan was defeated 3-0 by the sixth-ranked Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs won 25-21, 25-14, 25-21.
The first set was tight until the Bulldogs scored five of the last six points to take the 1-0 lead. Junior Kalli Herron led the Wildcats in the first set with four kills while junior Sarah Hamilton had three. Freshman Lisa Studnicka had five digs to lead the defense.
UMD led from the beginning in the second set, never allowing Northern to get close to taking the lead. Senior Andree Ring had three kills.
Northern fought back in the final set to within one, but UMD held on for the sweep. Studnicka kept the ‘Cats’ hopes alive in the third set with six kills.
Junior setter Kellisha Harley set up the NMU offense with 25 assists. She also contributed with seven digs.
Studnicka and Herron finished with seven kills each while Hamilton had six. Senior Kalin Zimmerman and freshman Alex Berger each had nine defensive digs.