Huskies continue hot streak

By Carl Ackerman

NIU’s volleyball team is on a streak so hot that it’s about to boil over.

Six straight wins have boosted the Huskies record to 7-1 with the latest triumph coming Tuesday night over Bradley (2-8).

Although NIU won the all three matches 15-13, 15-13 and 15-12, Coach Pete Waite and his team were a little suprised by BU.

“It was a lot closer than we expected. We played pretty flat at first. I thought Bradley was much stronger that last year. They played great defense tonight,” Waite said.

The Huskies had the edge in scoring throughout game one but BU was in it the whole time. NIU found themselves on the verge of a loss in the second match down 11-6 but rattled off eight unanswered points for a 14-11 lead. BU cut the lead to two before NIU scored the game-winner.

Kari Niesen started the serving for NIU in the final match and hoisted her mates out to a 5-0 lead which included three of her four aces. BU tied it at 12, but they would not come any closer.

“There was not a lot of difference between the two teams,” BU coach Pam Stanek said. “We played good offense and defense. In the first game, there were a couple of service errors at crucial times, but overall we had a good match.”

One of the key players that made a difference in the game for NIU was senior Julie Kreiling with nine kills.

“Julie came off the bench and really sparked things for us when we needed it. She really helped us out,” said Waite.

“We were kind of slow at first, but we should have just come out and beat them. (Waite) said we needed to be more agressive and we needed to think more after our first game,” said freshman Becky Ramsey, who added eight kills and three aces to the Huskie attack.

“We weren’t very agressive at first, but we got our heads into it in the third game,” said freshman Shauna Campbell, who had 39 assists.