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Huskies close weekend with back-to-back MAC wins

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (9-3, 2-0 MAC) closed out its first Mid-American Conference of the season with back-to-back wins, routing the University of Akron Zips (3-10, 0-2 MAC) Saturday in three straight sets. Saturday’s win came just hours after...

Bring out the brooms: Volleyball bests Akron to open MAC play

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (8-3, 1-0 MAC) became the first team at NIU to win a Mid-American Conference game this season after sweeping the University of Akron Zips (3-9, 0-1 MAC) 3-0 on Friday night at Victor E. Court. Friday’s result extended the...

Sophomore defensive specialist/libero Francesca Bertucci awaits an upcoming rally during NIUs match against the University of Southern Indiana on Sept. 17 at Victor E. Court (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Bertucci earns MAC West Defensive Player of the Week

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 21, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball’s sophomore defensive specialist/libero Francesca Bertucci is the Mid-American Conference West Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, the conference announced Monday. Bertucci earned the honor after recording...

Junior setter Ella Mihacevich serves during NIUs match against the University of Southern Indiana on Friday to end the non-conference slate. (Graphic by Harrison Linden)

Northern Star Athlete of the Week: Ella Mihacevich

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 19, 2022

DeKALB – Junior setter Ella Mihacevich has been named the Northern Star’s Athlete of the Week after serving as a major contributor to NIU’s two wins at the NIU Invitational this past weekend. The Huskies bested the University of Rhode Island...

(Left to right) Ella Mihacevich, Sammi Lockwood and Katie Jablonski positioning to receive a spike from NJIT during the first set of the team’s match on Friday.  (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Lockwood brings experience to NIU volleyball

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 18, 2022

The transfer portal gives and the transfer portal takes. NIU volleyball has firsthand experience with that, especially this offseason. The Huskies lost a combined eight years of experience after the departures of middle blockers Jasmine Kemp and Angie...

(Left to right) Sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo, senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski and junior setter Ella Mihacevich awaiting the start of a new rally as junior middle blocker/outsider hitter Emily Dykes serves in the first set against NJIT on Friday afternoon. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Highlander to Huskie: Dykes poised for success at NIU

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 14, 2022
One of NIU volleyball's recent transfers has made her presence known early in the season.
Senior Katie Jablonski serving during the first set of NIU Volleyball’s game against SDSU on Aug. 26 (Sean Reed | Northern Star).

NIU Volleyball: KC Roos Classic champions

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 10, 2022

DeKALB — The Huskies closed out competition at the KC Roos Classic with a 3-0 triumph of the Wichita State University Shockers Saturday, their second-straight sweep of the weekend. Sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo served as NIU’s finishing...

Sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo celebrates between rallies during an exhibition match against the University of Northern Iowa on Aug. 20. Atiemo was NIUs co-leader in kills (11) against the UMKC Roos Friday.

Volleyball sweeps Roos in Kansas City tourney

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 9, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team secured its first true road win of 2022 after sweeping the University of Missouri-Kansas City Roos 3-0 in the opening match of the KC Roos Classic on Friday. The Huskies proved themselves capable of holding off a...

(Left to right) Francesca Bertucci, Nikolette Nedic, Ella Mihacevich, Sammi Lockwood and Emily Dykes celebrate a point scored in the second set against SDSU at Victor E. Court on Friday night. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

This weekend in Huskie sports: Sept. 9-11

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 8, 2022

DeKALB — NIU’s fall sports seasons continue this weekend with action everyday. Volleyball looks to improve on their .500 record with wins at the KC Roos Classic starting Friday. Football kicks off their first road game of the year with a matchup against...

(Left to right) Francesca Bertucci, Nikolette Nedic, Ella Mihacevich, Sammi Lockwood and Emily Dykes celebrate a point scored in the second set against SDSU at Victor E. Court on Friday night. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Huskies endure mixed results at Popcorn Classic

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 3, 2022

DeKALB — A pair of losses on the final day of the Popcorn Classic Saturday saw NIU volleyball finish their first road tournament of the season with a 1-2 record. The Huskies opened this weekend’s tournament with a 3-1 win over the Campbell University...

(Left to right) Ella Mihacevich, Sammi Lockwood and Katie Jablonski positioning to receive a spike from NJIT during the first set of the team’s match on Friday.  (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Volleyball sweeps UIC to close Huskie Invitational

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | August 28, 2022

DeKALB — NIU volleyball picked up its second win of the regular season with a 3-0 victory over the University of Illinois Chicago to wrap up competition at the Huskie Invitational on Saturday. “We came out with the mindset that we needed to defend...

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