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Graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier, junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, sophomore defensive specialist Olivia Hogan, junior defensive specialist Jada Cerniglia and senior setter Ella Mihacevich celebrate after a rally during Friday’s season-opening match against Chicago State University at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies were defeated 3-2. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

Volleyball falls in four to Falcons

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 22, 2023

Playing in front of a crowd of 865 in enemy territory, the NIU volleyball team churned out 20 kills, .333 hitting and 30 points in the opening frame of Thursday’s MAC opener against Bowling Green State University — the reigning league champions.  The...

Junior libero Crew Hoffmeier recording a dig against Chicago State University on Aug. 26. The Huskies were defeated by the Cougars 3-2. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

NIU to begin MAC play at Bowling Green

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 20, 2023

NIU volleyball is set to receive its first dose of MACtion this week as the Huskies travel eastward for a road clash with the conference titleholders.  The Huskies (2-10) open their conference schedule with a two-match series at Bowling Green State...

NIU junior defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia serves the ball during a Sept. 8 match against DePaul University during the DePaul Invitational at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago. Cerniglia has nine service aces on the 2023 season, tied for second place on the Huskies. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

COLUMN: In defense of NIU volleyball

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 19, 2023

Two wins, 10 losses and rock bottom in the MAC standings. Not a great start to a season by any stretch of the imagination.  That is where the NIU volleyball team stands through 12 matches, all against non-conference competition. This column was...

Senior golfer Jasmine Ly following through on her swing on Tuesday. Ly finished in a tie for third place at the Redbird Invitational. (Bill Salyer | Illinois State Athletics)

Women’s golf places 12th at Mary Fossum Invitational

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | September 18, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s golf struggled in the Mary Fossum Invitational at Michigan State University, placing 12th out of 15 teams.  Senior Emily Romancew led the way for the Huskies, shooting three over par, 219, through three rounds. Romancew finished...

`NIU junior libero Crew Hoffmeier digs a ball during the Huskies’ Aug. 25 match against Chicago State University at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb. Hoffmeier was named the Week 4 MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a 47-dig effort at the UNI Tournament. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

Hoffmeier pockets MAC weekly honors

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 18, 2023

NIU volleyball junior libero Crew Hoffmeier has been named the Week 4 Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.  "I'm really glad to see Crew honored because she has been working very hard since day...

NIU junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo digs up a ball during Friday’s match between the NIU Huskies and the University of Dayton Flyers. The Huskies went on to fall in three sets to UNI Tournament host University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, ending the weekend with a 2-1 record in the tournament. (Logan Colglaizer | UNI Athletics)

Huskies collared by Panthers in non-conference closer

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 16, 2023

One day removed from a crushing defeat followed by a resounding win to open the UNI Tournament, NIU volleyball was forcefully brought back to earth by a “Northern” foe. NIU’s post-win fire was extinguished by an overpowering performance by the...

Cross country struggles at Mel Brodt Collegiate Open

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 16, 2023

DeKALB – Senior Katelyn Robbins was once again the first Huskie to cross the finish line as NIU’s cross country team finished ninth out of the 10 participating teams at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Open on Friday. Not a single NIU contestant secured...

Graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, senior opposite/outside hitter Emily Dykes, senior setter Ella Mihacevich, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier and junior defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia celebrate after a rally in Friday’s morning match between NIU and the University of Dayton at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Huskies fell to Dayton in three sets before sweeping the University of North Dakota in the following match for their first shutout victory of the season. (Logan Colglaizer | UNI Athletics)

Volleyball bags first sweep, snaps six-game skid

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 16, 2023

From suffering a sweep to dishing one out. From the worst hitting percentage in a match to the best. All in a matter of hours. A tale of two extremes. That tale tells the story of NIU volleyball’s first day of action Saturday at the UNI Tournament...

Then-junior midfielder Abby Zipse (center) passing the ball to forward and then freshman teammate Amber Best on Oct. 16, 2022 at the NIU Track and Field & Soccer Complex. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies silenced at home by Blue Demons

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | September 14, 2023

DeKALB – An early own goal and a stifling DePaul University defense extinguished any hope of an NIU women’s soccer home victory after the Blue Demons defeated the Huskies 1-0 Thursday. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sadie McGill gave up an own goal...

Eight NIU student-athletes at the Massachusetts State House on Labor Day Weekend. The Huskies visited Boston for an educational retreat on the history of racial inequality in the United States and its impact on American athletics. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Student-athletes visit Boston for educational retreat

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | September 14, 2023

DeKALB – During Labor Day Weekend, NIU Assistant Vice President of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion brought  student-athletes from eight NIU sports teams to facilitate an educational experience about the history of African Americans in Boston.  The...

Junior setter Sophie Hurt sets a ball up for her teammate against the University of Evansville at the DePaul Invitational. The Huskies were defeated by the Purple Aces 3-1 on Friday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

NIU to face ranked competition in non-conference finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 13, 2023

The one-win NIU volleyball team has one set of tests remaining in the non-conference portion of its schedule, starting with a head-to-head against the No. 25-ranked team in the nation. NIU is set to begin action at the UNI Tournament hosted by the...

Huskies take fifth at Redbird Invitational

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | September 12, 2023

DeKALB – Senior Jasmine Ly picked up where she left off last season in NIU women’s golf’s first tournament of the year, tying for third place in the Redbird Invitational at Illinois State University. The Huskies finished 18 over par, 882, through...