Volleyball winless over weekend


Junior middle blocker Jenna Radtke launches in a 2014 game against Bowling Green. The Huskies face off against Wichita State this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

By Christopher Loggins

Volleyball (3-3. 0-0 MAC) played in the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, losing to both No. 14 Florida State and No. 22 Ohio State (3-1) by scores of 3-0.

Ohio State

The Buckeyes struck first, leading by as much as six points in the first set. The Huskies were able to cut the lead to as low as three, but couldn’t take the lead as Ohio State won the set 25-21.

NIU seemed to be in control in the second set, leading by as many as six points before the Buckeyes tied the set at 17 before taking an 18-17 lead, forcing a Huskies timeout. Ohio State embarked on its run, going on to win the second set 25-18.

The third set began with the Buckeyes getting out to a quick start, taking an early 9-3 lead.

The Huskies were never able to recover from the early deficit, as Ohio State went on to win the set 25-14, their largest win of the game. Junior Jenna Radtke led NIU with eight kills and four assisted blocks.

Florida State

The first set of the match was a back and forth one, as both teams fought throughout. The Huskies held a lead of 10-6, but couldn’t hold on as the Seminoles edged the set 25-23.

The Seminoles led throughout the second set, never allowing the Huskies a chance to challenge the lead. The lead grew bigger as the set went on, and Florida State went on to win 25-13.

The Huskies controlled much of the third and final set, holding a lead as big as five points. Deadlocked at 18, the Seminoles pushed through for a late surge and won 25-19.

Junior T’ara Austin led the Huskies with 13 kills and two aces. Junior Mary Grace Kelly followed behind Austin with 10 kills on the game.

The Huskies will move on to the Wichita State Invitational this weekend, playing in games against Wichita State at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Texas State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Kentucky at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.