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The volleyball team huddles during the first set of their matchup on Sept. 18 against Wisconsin.

Volleyball falls to Ohio in MAC opening round

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | November 21, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team faced Ohio University in the quarterfinals of the MAC Championship tournament Saturday, losing in three straight sets 25-15, 25-23, 25-15, to see their season come to an end. Head coach Ray Gooden spoke on how hard...

The volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point against Toledo on Oct. 22.

Huskies ready for MAC tournament

By Waleed Alamieh, Sports Reporter | November 19, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship tournament for the first time since 2018, using an impressive second half of the season to reach 10 conference wins and claim the sixth seed.  NIU had a...

Senior middle blocker Angie Gromos spikes a ball in NIUs win on Nov. 13 against Buffalo. The victory sealed NIU a spot in the MAC tournament.

Huskies’ win adds to momentum

By Waleed Alamieh, Sports Reporter | November 18, 2021

At a glance Volleyball ends regular season perfect in November Middle blocker depth makes difference in four set victory over WMU Huskies head to Indiana Sunday for start of MAC tournament DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team extended...

Senior middle blocker Angie Gromos spikes a ball in NIUs win on Nov. 13 against Buffalo. The victory sealed NIU a spot in the MAC tournament.

Volleyball clinches MAC playoff spot

By Waleed Alamieh, Sports Reporter | November 14, 2021

DeKALB — The volleyball team clinched the final spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament on the same day they celebrated this year's class of seniors. The Huskies defeated the University at Buffalo Bulls in straight sets Saturday, after honoring...

Freshman middle blocker Charli Atiemo sets to spike against Wisconsin on Sept. 18 at Victor E. Court.

Huskies get critical win versus Bulls

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | November 12, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team came away with a victory Friday against the University at Buffalo Bulls in five sets 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-13, 15-11. Head coach Ray Gooden spoke of his team being able to pick up a huge win in such a hard fought...

The volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point against Toledo on Oct. 22.

Huskies pick up sweep in Akron

By Waleed Alamieh, Sports Reporter | November 6, 2021

At a glance Huskies move over .500 with three games remaining NIU has won four of last six with MAC tournament approtching Freshman Atiemo continues to shine with dozen kills DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team won back-to-back games...

Freshman middle blocker Charli Atiemo winds up for a serve on Sept. 18. Atiemo has quickly grown into a starter for the volleyball team.

Huskies beats Akron in four sets

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | November 5, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team defeated the University of Akron Zips in four sets 25-23, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20 in Akron, Ohio on Friday.  “We did what we needed to do tonight," head coach Ray Gooden said in a Friday NIU Athletics news release....

Head volleyball coach Ray Gooden coaches on his team during a Sept. 18 game against Wisconsin at Victor E. Court.

Volleyball swept by Ohio Bobcats

By Waleed Alamieh, Sports Reporter | October 31, 2021

DeKALB — With the Mid-American Conference tournament happening in less than a month, the volleyball team was unable to take sole possession of the sixth and final playoff spot after being swept in straight by the Ohio University Bobcats.  Huskies...

Head coach Ray Gooden coaches his team from the sidelines during a match on Sept. 18 at Victor E. Court. Gooden has coached at NIU for 20 years.

Gooden reflects on 20 years at NIU

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | October 25, 2021

NIU head volleyball coach Ray Gooden is entering his 20th season with the program, leaving his mark at the university even though his journey here is still ongoing. Gooden is the NIU program’s all-time leader in wins with 333 and second amongst active...

The volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point against Toledo on Oct. 22.

Huskies split weekend series with Rockets

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 23, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team was swept in straight sets in the second of back-to-back matches against the University of Toledo Rockets Saturday. “The team struggled with being a team,” freshman middle blocker Charli Atiemo said. “When we...

The volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point against Toledo on Oct. 22.

NIU bests Toledo to open weekend

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | October 22, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s volleyball team took home a victory against the conference rival University of Toledo Rockets, winning 3-1 in front of their home crowd Friday. The first set got off to a back-and-forth start with a score of 10-10 early on....

Senior setter Grace Balensiefer goes for a spike against Air Force on Aug. 28. Balensiefer averages 10.8 assists a set this season.

COLUMN: Huskie volleyball needs to find consistency

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | October 21, 2021

The NIU volleyball team is halfway through their season and are sitting right in the mix to compete for the Mid-American Conference championship, but a strong finish to the season is just what they need. At the halfway point in the season, the Huskies...

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