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Huskies fall Tuesday to NMU

Huskies fall Tuesday to NMU Play Video

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team fell to Northern Michigan Tuesday (Sept. 26) at the SDC Gym. The first two sets went to extra points and the Wildcats came out on top 27-25, 26-24, and 25-19.

"It was looking good at the beginning and then the wheels fell off," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "I didn't have them prepared well enough to compete. Our backcourt struggled and our ball control was poor, so it makes it hard to get the offense going."

The teams battled through 10 ties and six lead changes in the first. Tech scored three straight points to take a 23-22 lead. NMU responded with two to get to setpoint. Meg Raabe put down two kills to swing setpoint into the home team's favor. The Wildcats then scored three straight with a kill, ace, and Tech error to take the first. Raabe and Lindy Oujiri each had four kills in the opening set.

NMU built a 22-11 lead in the second set before the Huskies came storming back, going on a 13-2 run to knot it up at 24. Jacqueline Smith stepped up for NMU with back-to-back kills to put the Wildcats up 2-0 at the break. Meg Raabe and Lindy Oujiri again had four kills each and Rachel Zurek added three.

Meg Raabe put down five kills in the third set, but the Wildcats closed the match on a 6-1 run to earn the victory.

Meg Raabe tied a season-high with 13 kills and Lindy Oujiri finished with 11. Tess Hayes led in assists (27) and digs (14). Alayna Corwin tallied 13 digs.

Tech continues its five-match home stretch this weekend hosting Lake Superior State at 7 p.m. Friday and Ferris State at 4 p.m. on Homecoming Saturday.

"We have to bounce back," added Jennings. "There's only one way to go. Lake State is gunning for us, and we'll have our hands full with Ferris State. We'll be better in practice, and we have to be ready with a big weekend ahead."