Huskies sweep through Mid-Con again


As NIU blew by both Youngstown State University and Cleveland State University this weekend, they not only exited the 1993 regular season unblemished in the Mid-Continent Conference, but also they retained a perfect ledger in all Mid-Con matches dating back to their arrival in 1992.

On Friday, sophomore middleblocker Tammy Cambell knocked down nine balls minus two errors in 18 attempts for a .389 hitting clip during NIU’s (15-3, 15-2, 15-6) massacre of the Penguins. Coupled with the efforts of Nikki Kozak (14K, 5E, .310) the duo combined for more than 50 percent of the Huskie offense.

The Huskies exploded in the second game as they killed nine balls with one error in 19 attempts for a unbelievable .421 hitting clip.

With Saturday night’s first game against CSU lasting nearly as long as some of their entire matches this year, the Huskies managed to pull out a 15-6 victory in 40 minutes of play. NIU then breezed through the next two games winning 15-8, 15-4.

As dominant as ever, Kozak pounded out 12 kills minus one error in 31 attempts for a .355 average while teammates Becky Ramsey and Amy Foulke combined for another 17.

Shelby Syder set up 37 balls for the Huskies on Saturday and played an even stronger defense with Kozak as the two combined for 27 of the team’s 62 digs. Senior Becky Ramsey also contributed with 10 digs.

When the teams last met on October 8th junior Kim Young and senior Kristen Hartung attributed their loss at Chick Evans Fieldhouse to the loss of Cass Dolhancyk. In that match, the Huskies were without Kori Schauer due to injury and they stomped over CSU 15-2, 15-0, 15-5.

After the game both Hartung and Young stated the game would have had a different outcome if they had Dolhancyk available. With Dolhancyk available Friday night she pounded out six kills minus five errors in 17 attempts for a dismal .059 attack ledger.

Even worse the trio combined for 22 kills minus 12 errors in 73 attempts for an unspectacular .137 hitting clip. The Vikings ended their season 5-26 overall, 2-16 in conference.

As the regular season ended many individual goals were met:

‘Kozak became the all-time digs leader (1,378).

‘Foulke becoming the all-time block solo and block assist leader (142 and 399, respectively).

‘Four of this year’s seniors now rank at the top of number of career matches played. Amy Vander Meer had 140, Amy Foulke 138, Nikki Kozak 135, Kori Schauer 128.

‘Schauer had her name entered nine times in the top 10 of 19 official NIU record book categories.

‘Shelby Snyder gained possession of the one, two and four spots in the assists per season category coming up just two short so far this year in her attempt to own the top three positions.

With, however, both the Mid-Continent and NCAA Tourneys ahead, Snyder will get a chance to move up and the entire team will have the opportunity as the first volleyball team from NIU to reach the NCAA Tournament.