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Graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier, junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, sophomore defensive specialist Olivia Hogan, junior defensive specialist Jada Cerniglia and senior setter Ella Mihacevich celebrate after a rally during Friday’s season-opening match against Chicago State University at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies were defeated 3-2. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

Volleyball falls in four to Falcons

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 22, 2023

Playing in front of a crowd of 865 in enemy territory, the NIU volleyball team churned out 20 kills, .333 hitting and 30 points in the opening frame of Thursday’s MAC opener against Bowling Green State University — the reigning league champions.  The...

Logo for All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast (Graphic by Harrison Linden | Northern Star)

‘All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast Episode 22’ – NIU sports recap and the bad-news Bears

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 21, 2023

On Episode 22 of All-Star, Sports Editor Ethan Gonzales and Assistant Sports Editor Alex Crowe dive into the past week of NIU Athletics, build excitement for Chicago Blackhawks prospect Connor Bedard, and passionately rant about the struggles of the Chicago...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi hands the ball off to redshirt junior running back Gavin Williams in a 35-11 loss against the University of Nebraska on Saturday. The Huskies are set to face the University of Tulsa at 11 a.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium. (Mark Kuhlmann | NIU Athletics)

Football eyes bounce-back victory against Tulsa

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | September 20, 2023

DeKALB – Coming off a 35-11 blowout loss at the University of Nebraska, NIU football (1-2) hosts the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2) in its final game of non-conference play.  OFFENSE CONTINUES TO UNDERACHIEVE  The Huskies were out...

Graduate student Zach Place studies his shot at the MAC Championship in May. Place tied for 10th place at the VCU Shootout on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Taylor Strnad)

Sluzas, Place lead Huskies at VCU shootout

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | September 20, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s golf finished tied for sixth place at its second tournament of the fall season at the VCU Shootout. Graduate student Zach Place and junior Ben Sluzas led the Huskies, both finishing within the top 10.  NIU opened the tournament...

Freshman defenseman Jim Franklin rushes the puck into the offensive zone during NIU hockeys game against Kent State University on Sept. 15. Franklin scored his first collegiate goal in the game. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU hockey)

Hockey seeks revenge in first road series

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | September 20, 2023

DeKALB – After a disappointing opening weekend series against Kent State University, NIU hockey (0-2) is gearing up to travel downstate for a road matchup with the University of Illinois (0-0).  The Huskies dropped their two-game set to Kent State...

Junior libero Crew Hoffmeier recording a dig against Chicago State University on Aug. 26. The Huskies were defeated by the Cougars 3-2. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

NIU to begin MAC play at Bowling Green

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 20, 2023

NIU volleyball is set to receive its first dose of MACtion this week as the Huskies travel eastward for a road clash with the conference titleholders.  The Huskies (2-10) open their conference schedule with a two-match series at Bowling Green State...

NIU junior defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia serves the ball during a Sept. 8 match against DePaul University during the DePaul Invitational at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago. Cerniglia has nine service aces on the 2023 season, tied for second place on the Huskies. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

COLUMN: In defense of NIU volleyball

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 19, 2023

Two wins, 10 losses and rock bottom in the MAC standings. Not a great start to a season by any stretch of the imagination.  That is where the NIU volleyball team stands through 12 matches, all against non-conference competition. This column was...

Senior golfer Jasmine Ly following through on her swing on Tuesday. Ly finished in a tie for third place at the Redbird Invitational. (Bill Salyer | Illinois State Athletics)

Women’s golf places 12th at Mary Fossum Invitational

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | September 18, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s golf struggled in the Mary Fossum Invitational at Michigan State University, placing 12th out of 15 teams.  Senior Emily Romancew led the way for the Huskies, shooting three over par, 219, through three rounds. Romancew finished...

Quarterback Ethan Hampton looks for an open receiver to pass to during a play in the second quarter of the Huskies matchup against the Rockets on Sept. 30, 2022 at Huskie Stadium. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Run game and defense issues remain

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | September 18, 2023

DeKALB – NIU football (1-2) was a step slow in all three facets of the game in its 35-11 loss against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2) Saturday. The Huskies offense was the most glaring issue, totaling just 149 scrimmage yards. The defense...

Junior libero Crew Hoffmeiers marvelous start to her NIU volleyball career helped her earn Huskie of the Week honors. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

Hoffmeier’s sparkling start secures Huskie of the Week honors

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 18, 2023

DeKALB – Hours after being announced as the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier was named the Northern Star’s Huskie of the Week after a dominant start to her NIU volleyball career. Hoffmeier recorded a team-high...

`NIU junior libero Crew Hoffmeier digs a ball during the Huskies’ Aug. 25 match against Chicago State University at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb. Hoffmeier was named the Week 4 MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a 47-dig effort at the UNI Tournament. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

Hoffmeier pockets MAC weekly honors

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 18, 2023

NIU volleyball junior libero Crew Hoffmeier has been named the Week 4 Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.  "I'm really glad to see Crew honored because she has been working very hard since day...

This week in Huskie sports graphic featuring various NIU sports in action from the fall season. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

Football and volleyball headline week in Huskie sports

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 17, 2023

This Week in Huskie Sports: Sept. 18 to Sept. 24 DeKALB – NIU Athletics embarks on another busy week of sports, headlined by football’s return home and volleyball’s first conference action of the season. FOOTBALL Saturday, Sept. 23: vs. University...