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NIU head volleyball coach Ray Gooden speaks with sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci between rallies in the Huskies’ first regular season game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Aug. 26. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Ray Gooden out as head coach of NIU volleyball

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 18, 2022

DeKALB – Ray Gooden will no longer serve as NIU's head volleyball coach after NIU Athletics announced it will not renew Gooden’s contract, NIU’s Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Frazier announced Friday. Gooden’s NIU career...

NIU graduate forward Emma Carter shoots a three-pointer near the end of the first half of the Huskies Thursday game at the Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies dominate Western Illinois with historic scoring feat

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 18, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team had a historic performance Thursday on its way to a 100-61 win against Western Illinois University. The Huskies (3-1) defeated Western Illinois (0-4), hitting a team-record 21 three-pointers, along with...

NIU junior right side hitter Emily Dykes attacks the ball over the net during Wednedays Mid-American Confernec matchup between NIU and Western Michigan University at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dykes totaled 10 kills in the match as NIU lost in five sets, ending their chances of playing in the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament. (Courtesy WMU Athletics)

NIU’s playoff hopes spoiled by Broncos in regular season finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 16, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball’s 2022 season is officially in the books after losing its chance to play in the postseason thanks to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Western Michigan University Broncos on Wednesday in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Huskies entered...

Junior guard Chelby Koker prepares to engage with an Akron player in January. Koker surpassed a total of 1,000 career points scored in NIUs 79-67 victory over Akron in DeKalb last semester.

Huskies survive fourth-quarter surge by Southern Indiana

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | November 15, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team managed to pick up a home win, 61-53, against the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles on Tuesday despite a poor shooting performance in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Chelby Koker and senior...

Katie Jablonski (Left) and Francesca Bertucci high fiving before the team’s Saturday game against CMU. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Jablonski, Mihacevich reach career milestones during Ypsi road trip

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 12, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball is on cusp of a Mid-American Conference Tournament berth after registering back-to-back wins over Eastern Michigan University in its final weekend series of the regular season. The Huskies (17-10, 10-7 MAC) won each of their...

Women’s basketball downs DePaul in home opener

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 12, 2022

DeKALB – The women's basketball team had a competitive game Saturday against DePaul University, defeating DePaul in an 86-79 victory. This win marks the first win against DePaul in their last 20 matchups and follows their tough loss against Notre Dame...

Womens basketball vs. Bowling Green

Huskies trounced by ranked Irish in season debut

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team suffered a blown out loss, 88-48 against the No. 9 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Monday night in South Bend, Indiana. The Huskies did a poor job in the first half at shooting, defending and...

Senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski has earned her first Huskie of the Week honor following one of her final weekends playing volleyball for the NIU Huskies. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Huskie of the Week: Katie Jablonski

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 7, 2022

DeKALB – A 23-kill weekend performance by senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski from NIU volleyball has earned her the title of the Northern Star’s Huskie of the Week. Jablonski led the Huskie offense during Saturday’s 3-0 victory over the Central...

Bertucci bags third MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honor

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 7, 2022
NIU volleyball's bump squad leader has raked in her third weekly conference honor of her sophomore season after reaching a career milestone.
Senior outside hitter Brianna Scuric, sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci, senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski, sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo, sophomore right back Sophie Hurt and junior right side hitter Emily Dykes huddle between rallies during NIUs 3-0 win over Central Michigan University on Saturday at Victor E. Court. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Huskies force split with Chips in Senior Day showdown

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 5, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball successfully defended Victor E. Court Saturday, delivering a three-set sweep to the Central Michigan University Chippewas in the Huskies’ final home stand of 2022. The Huskies (15-10, 8-7 MAC) split their two-match weekend...

From left: Freshman middle blocker Sarah Lezon, sophomore defensive specialist Jada Cerniglia, senior outside hitters Kaitlyn Bell, Brianna Scuric and freshman outside hitter Nazli Güvener cheer from courtside during NIU volleyballs match against Central Michigan University on Friday. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Volleyball veterans fighting to finish on top

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 5, 2022

Senior outside hitters Brianna “Bina” Scuric and Kaitlyn “Kat” Bell, the two longest-tenured players on NIU volleyball’s roster, are working to make a late-season push to end their college careers with a bang. Scuric and Bell are near the...

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