Volleyball rakes in the awards

By Ben Gross

The NIU volleyball team won it’s first tournament title since 2003 last weekend. The Huskies won the Radisson Hotel Invitational in Peoria at Bradley.

The last tournament NIU won was the Virginia Tech Fall Invitational in 2003.


Junior middle blocker Kate McCullagh tied the school-record for kills in a three-game match last weekend at the Radisson Hotel Invitational.

McCullagh recorded 25 kills to tie Wendy Mason (vs. Southwest Missouri State, Dec. 5, 1992) and Mandy Swick (vs. Bowling Green, Nov. 20, 1998) for the record.


Gina Guide, a junior libero, was named the MVP last weekend at the Radisson Hotel Invitational.

Guide recorded 66 digs in four matches and averaged 16.5 digs per match and 5.1 digs per game.

After this weekend’s performance, Guide moved into seventh place on the school record books for career digs with 1,102.

Guide only needs 353 more digs to tie the school record of 1455 by Nikki Kozak (1990-93).


Corinne Walsh and Kate McCullagh were named to the all- tournament squad at last weekend’s invitational.

McCullagh posted 75 kills over the weekend with a hitting percentage of .305.

Walsh provided 23 kills to help give the Huskies the tournament win.


Freshman setter Jenny Dziubla was key in the Huskies’ first tournament victory since 2003 last weekend.

Dziubla averaged 37 assists and seven digs per match during the Huskies’ tournament win.


Sophomore Amy Ward set a career high in kills last weekend.

Ward recorded 10 kills in the Huskies’ sweep of Oakland in the opening round of the Radisson Hotel Invitational.

Joelle Beisel, currently has 92 kills for the season. This puts her second in kills on the team. She is behind McCullagh who has 249 kills on the season.


Senior Megan Sprangers delivered 10 service aces in five matches last week.

Sprangers is in second place in the MAC for service aces per game with an average of 0.66 service aces per game.

Beisel is also second in blocking with 31 total blocks.

Beisel produced 10.5 of those blocks this weekend in the Radisson Hotel Invitational.

The freshman is second in blocking to McCullagh who has 52 blocks and recorded 11 at last weekend’s invitational.