vs. Vikings…

By Anthony Leva

The NIU volleyball team upped its North Star Conference ledger to 2-0 after Saturday night’s match against the Cleveland State Vikings.

In front of 236 fans at the Chick Evans Field House, the Huskie spikers defeated the Vikings in three straight games: 15-7, 15-0, and 15-7—giving them a sweep in their last three matches.

The Huskies, who improved their overall record to 15-3, started sluggishly in the first game and fell behind, 6-7. However, a nine-point run by NIU not only won that game, but sparked the final results.

“We had a little trouble with scoring points early,” NIU head coach Pete Waite said. “There were some long volleys going on and Cleveland State played really well, but we managed to even things out and get on track for the rest of the match.”

NIU shut out the Vikings in game two and thwarted a Viking rally in winning game three.

“You can’t take anything away from Northern,” Cleveland State head coach Mary Motley said. “We made some critical mistakes at critical times and Northern did a fine job of capitalizing on them.”

The aggressive net play of the Huskies, which they have steadily become known for, was the difference in Saturday’s match.

The Huskies received another solid performance from sophomore Amy Foulke who notched five kills without a single error in eight attempts (.625).

Junior Andrea Baker led all attackers with a .667 percentage and freshman Shelby Snyder led all players with a stellar 31 assist performance.

NIU’s next match is an NSC battle at Wright State this Friday.