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Junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic spikes a ball against the University at Buffalo on Saturday. The Huskies fell to the Bulls in four sets. (Sasha Norman | Northern Star)

Volleyball messes with Bulls, gets the horns

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 29, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU volleyball team’s valiant efforts in the final two sets of Saturday’s MAC duel weren’t enough to survive the offensive onslaught inflicted by its visitors. The Huskies (8-17, 6-7 MAC) plummeted to No. 9 in the MAC standings...

NIU defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia serves the ball during Friday’s MAC battle between the Huskies and the University of Akron Zips. NIU was undone in three sets to extend its losing streak to four matches. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Volleyball blanked by Akron in straight sets

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 28, 2023

DeKALB – Possession of the MAC’s final playoff seed has slipped through the grip of NIU volleyball, now fresh off its third sweep in four contests. The Huskies (8-16, 6-6 MAC) sustained their fourth-consecutive loss after falling in three sets,...

From left: Junior defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia, senior setter Ella Mihacevich, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier, senior opposite/outside hitter Emily Dykes, sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt and graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann rejoice after a rally in NIUs homecoming matchup with the Eastern Michigan University Eagles on Oct. 13 at Victor E. Court. The Huskies will host the University of Akron on Friday and the University at Buffalo on Saturday in hopes of remaining undefeated at Victor E. Court. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Huskies to host Zips, Bulls in homestand

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 27, 2023

NIU volleyball is more than halfway through MAC play and holds a soft grip of the final playoff seed as it prepares for battle with two of the country’s best serving squads. NIU (8-15, 6-5 MAC) will play host to the University of Akron (10-12, 5-6...

NIU graduate outside hitter Katie Erdmann serves the ball during the Huskies Oct. 13 match against Eastern Michigan University at Victor E. Court. Erdmann joined the Huskies for her final season of college volleyball this fall after spending the past four years playing at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Florida Institute of Technology. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Third time’s the charm: Erdmann’s journey to NIU

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 25, 2023

Head to Victor E. Court for a Tuesday morning NIU volleyball practice. Pay close enough attention between reps, and one might be able to witness the jocular antics perpetrated by graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann. One day, Erdmann might...

NIU graduate right side hitter Isabelle Percoco (2) and sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt (18) attempt to block Central Michigan University junior outside hitter Lauren Schrocks (3) attack attempt during Saturdays meeting, featuring the conference-rivaling Huskies and Chippewas. Percoco led the Huskies efforts with 14 kills to match her career-high and assisted on three blocks in NIUs 3-1 loss. (Josie Ransley | CMU Athletics)

NIU suffers CMU series sweep, moves to three straight losses

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2023

After being the MAC’s fourth-ranked squad eight days ago, the NIU volleyball team is experiencing free fall after sustaining its third consecutive loss in the span of five days. NIU (8-15, 6-5 MAC) was undone in four sets,15-25, 25-16, 24-26, 18-25,...

From left: Graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic, sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt and graduate student outside hitter Isabelle Percoco gather into a huddle during NIUs Oct. 13 matchup with the Eastern Michigan University Eagles at Victor E. Court. The Huskies suffered their second consecutive sweep in Fridays series-opener against Central Michigan University. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Volleyball suffers sweep at Central Michigan

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2023

Kills aplenty, two pivotal challenges and a battle past 25 points, all in the first set of a match seemingly destined to go the distance. Instead, it was just the beginning of NIU volleyball’s downhill slide to utter defeat. The Huskies (8-14,...

From left: Junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, graduate student right side hitter Isabelle Percoco, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic and sophomore middler blocker Savanah Brandt celebrate after a rally against Eastern Michigan University on Friday at Victor E. Court. The Huskies look to get back in the win column after falling short against Western Michigan University on Tuesday. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Huskies to attempt bounce-back in Central Michigan

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 19, 2023

Days removed from a failed upset bid against the MAC’s top squad and a busted winning streak, NIU volleyball hopes to find redemption in the heart of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The Huskies (8-13, 6-3 MAC) continue their road stretch with a two-match...

Graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann taps the ball over two Western Michigan University defenders. The Huskies were swept by the Broncos on Tuesday 3-0. (Courtesy WMU Athletics | Ashley Huss)

Huskies throttled by Broncos in MACtion duel

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 17, 2023

Tuesday promised a heavy-hitting MACtion showdown featuring NIU volleyball and its stout defense against Western Michigan University and its high-powered offense. By night’s end, the Huskies’ aspirations of upsetting the MAC front-runner on the...

Junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo (11) serves a hit toward Eastern Michigan’s team on Thursday. Atiemo was named the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. (Ariyonna McGahee | Northern Star)

Volleyball’s Atiemo named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 16, 2023

DeKALB – Junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo has received MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after her stifling defensive performance throughout NIU volleyball’s homecoming series, the conference announced Monday. Atiemo totaled 11 blocks during...

NIU junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic (21) jumps in the air for an attack against Eastern Michigan University during Thursday’s match at Victor E. Court. The Huskies return to action Tuesday for a matchup with conference powerhouse Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Ariyonna McGahee | Northern Star)

Huskies eye upset of top-ranked Broncos

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 16, 2023

The stage is set for a MACtion matchup featuring two of the conference’s top-five squads as NIU volleyball prepares for a brush with a conference powerhouse in enemy territory. The Huskies (8-12, 6-2 MAC) carry with them a three-games unbeaten streak...

From left: Graduate outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, graduate student outside hitter Isabelle Percoco, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic and sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt switch sides after winning the second set of Sept. 30s volleyball match between NIU and Miami University at Victor E. Court. The Huskies defeated the RedHawks to complete a weekend sweep of Miami. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Huskies ground Eagles, complete Homecoming sweep

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 13, 2023

DeKALB – NIU volleyball had plenty to celebrate on Friday night, Homecoming week series sweep to a conference leaderboard climb. The Huskies (8-12, 6-2 MAC) demolished the visiting Eastern Michigan University Eagles (2-19, 0-9 MAC) in straight sets,...

NIU women’s volleyball team waves to fans after Fridays match against Miami University (Ohio). The women’s volleyball team defeated Miami in three sets. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Volleyball defense dominates in NIU shutout of Eagles

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 12, 2023

DeKALB – “Monster block, monster block, monster, monster, monster block.” Those were the lyrics heard from the speakers at Victor E. Court time and time again as NIU volleyball’s front row wreaked havoc on opposing hitters during Thursday’s...