Huskies remain undefeated in league play after two wins

By John Dietz

Western Illinois 6, Northern Illinois 1.

This is how the volleyball match started out Sunday night at Chick Evans Field House before the Huskies quieted down a ferocious Western Illinois attack.

Amy Foulke led the way in game one by constantly pounding the ball down WIU’s throat for five of her 12 kills in the early going.

NIU finally took the lead 8-7 but just as the fans were beginning to relax, WIU rolled off three straight points to regain the lead at 10-8.

NIU head coach Pete Waite didn’t like the way the momentum had shifted back to the Westerwinds so quickly, so Waite called time out.

“Basically, I just told them that Western at that time was playing at a higher level than they can for a long period of time,” Waite said.

Becky Ramsey and Kori Schauer then ripped two kills into the Westerwind defense and for the rest of the game, NIU allowed their opponents only one more point.

Game two is where Schauer put her arm into overdrive and bombarded WIU with seven of her team-high 16 kills. Schauer had a phenomenal match with 16 kills in 23 attempts against just one error for a .652 attack percentage.

With Schauer leading the way, the rest of the team followed suit, en route to a 15-6 game two victory.

Game three was nip and tuck for a while with WIU staying close at 7-6, but Ramsey closed off the match with eight straight service points.

The victory improved NIU’s record to 19-2, 10-0 in the Mid-Continent. WIU fell to 8-11, 6-4.

Friday night the Huskies tore apart the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 15-5, 15-9, 15-8.

As a team, the Huskies attack percentage was a lofty .372.

Schauer and Wendy Mason put up some big numbers for NIU in the match.

Schauer knocked down six kills in nine attempts against just one error for a .556 attack percentage. Mason had a team-high 10 kills in 17 attempts, with two errors, for a .470 attack percentage.