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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 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...

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...

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...

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 Editor | 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 Editor | 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. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

NIU’s winning hopes dashed by Golden Flashes

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