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From left: Sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci, senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski, sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo and junior setter Ella Mihacevich prepare for a new rally against NJIT on Aug. 26. The Huskies took the match 3-0 as part of their first win at the Huskie Invitational. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Volleyball’s rally stalls in four-set defeat

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 4, 2022

DeKALB – A 22-14 lead in Friday’s deciding set wasn’t enough to keep the Huskies’ comeback hopes alive as the NIU volleyball team fell to the Central Michigan University Chippewas 3-1 at Victor E. Court. NIU started the match down big, trailing...

Katie Jablonski (Left) and Charli Atiemo celebrate a point scored at Friday nights game against the Rams. The huskies won the game, winning three of the four matches.  (Milly Landa | Northern Star)

Jablonski’s NIU journey from sophomore transfer to seasoned leader

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 3, 2022

The curtains have almost drawn on the college career of senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski, a standout on the NIU volleyball team and the one-time transfer from New Hampshire. Jablonski is one of three seniors, all outside hitters, nearing their...

Outside hitter Katie Jablonski (center) and middle blocker Sammi Lockwood attempt to block an attack from Ball States opposite hitter Natalie Mitchem during NIU volleyballs Friday night match at Victor E. Court. NIU volleyball will host four training camps in July. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU’s winning hopes dashed by Golden Flashes

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 29, 2022

DeKALB – Struggles to close out sets proved costly for NIU volleyball as the Huskies were swept by the Kent State University Golden Flashes on Friday evening at the Memorial and Athletic Convocation Center in Kent, Ohio. NIU kept close with the Golden...

Sophomore setter Sophie Hurt bumps the ball during the first set of NIUs match against the University of Toledo Rockets on Saturday at John L. Savage Arena. NIU lost the opening set but rallied to win in four sets. (Evan Procaccini)

Huskies wrangle Rockets to force series split

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 22, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball has returned to its winning ways after taking down the University of Toledo in four sets on Saturday to wrap up its weekend road trip. The Huskies (14-7, 7-4 MAC) rebounded from their first-set loss by stringing together three...

University of Toledo senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Olivia Vance goes up for a block against NIU sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemos attack during Fridays match between the Huskies and Rockets at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio. (Evan Procaccini | Toledo Athletics)

Huskies burned by Rockets in straight-set sweep

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2022
NIU's volleyball team fell to the University of Toledo Rockets in a 3-0 defeat on Friday evening.

Huskies suffer second-straight loss at home

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 15, 2022

DeKALB – The final match of the series between  NIU volleyball and Ball State University proved the Mid-American Conference West Division is still up for grabs. Ball State left the Huskies struggling to find answers as the Cardinals wiped NIU with...

Outside hitter Katie Jablonski (center) and middle blocker Sammi Lockwood attempt to block an attack from Ball States opposite hitter Natalie Mitchem during NIU volleyballs Friday night match at Victor E. Court. NIU volleyball will host four training camps in July. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies subdued by Ball State at home

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 15, 2022

DeKALB – Friday’s matchup between two Mid-American Conference juggernauts ended with NIU volleyball’s second home loss of 2022. Ball State University (13-6, 5-2 MAC) dethroned the conference-leading NIU Huskies (13-5, 6-2 MAC) in four sets at...

(Left to right) Charli Atiemo, Ella Mihacevich and Katie Jablonski celebrate a point scored in the final set vs. South Dakota State on Friday.  (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Mihacevich keeping the balance on and off the court

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 13, 2022

Ella Mihacevich has a knack for finding opportunities. NIU volleyball’s junior setter has switched majors, earned an internship and competed abroad midway through her third year as a Huskie. Mihacevich has proven her ability to excel in the court...

Then-sophomore setter Ella Mihacevich (center) celebrates with her teammates during a match in the 2021 season.

Mihacevich making splashes in spotlight season

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 12, 2022

Editor’s Note: This story is the first of a two-part series featuring NIU volleyball’s junior setter Ella Mihacevich. The second story will be released on Oct. 13. Ella Mihacevich is making the most of her time on the starting lineup as the on-court...

Mihacevich and Atiemo snag MAC West weekly honors

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 11, 2022

DeKALB – The Mid-American Conference named two players from the NIU volleyball team as its MAC West Players of the Week on Monday. Junior setter Ella Mihacevich earned MAC West Setter of the Week and junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo earned Defensive...

Sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo was selected as the Northern Stars Huskie of the Week after racking up 15 blocks and four digs during NIU volleyballs pair of wins on Oct. 7-8. (Graphic by Harrison Linden)

Huskie of the Week: Charli Atiemo

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 10, 2022

DeKALB – Sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo from NIU volleyball added to her weekend accolades with a selection as this week’s Northern Star Huskie of the Week. Atiemo was one of many contributors to NIU’s pair of victories over conference...

Huskie defense smothers RedHawks in straight sets

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 9, 2022

DeKALB – Dominant defense was the name of the game for NIU on Saturday as the Huskies emerged victorious in their final match of Homecoming weekend. NIU volleyball (13-4, 6-1 MAC) trounced the Miami University RedHawks (6-11, 1-5 MAC) in straight...