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Volleyball building on strong chemistry

By Danielle Brown | August 22, 2016

Volleyball went 19-11 overall and 14-2 in the Mid-American Conference, making it to the MAC Championship game for the fourth time in six years.Unfortunately, the team fell to University of Ohio in the MAC Championship game in straight sets, 25-17, 25-11,...

Junior outside hitter Tara Austin (middle) celebrates with teammates in a Nov. 12 game against Western Michigan. NIU defeated the Broncos 3-0.

Volleyball falls in MAC Championship

By Christopher Loggins | November 23, 2015

Women’s volleyball (19-11, 14-2 MAC) saw its season come to an end yesterday as it lost in the MAC Championship to Ohio after beating Miami (Ohio) in the previous round.Miami (Ohio)The Huskies defeated the Redhawks in four sets in Saturday’s game,...

Tara Austin, a Junior from Joliet, Illinois, celebrates a point with her teammates. Austin led the Huskies in kills and points in their 3-0 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday night.

Volleyball ends 4-game losing skid with 2 straight wins

By Danielle Brown | September 28, 2015

Volleyball (6-8, 2-0 MAC) faced off against Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan over the weekend, giving it a 2-0 start to conference play.Central MichiganThe game began with back-and-forth play from both teams as the first set was tied 7-7. Both teams...

Sophomore setter Alexis Gonzalez sets the ball in a game against Ball State. The Huskies have lost two straight games to the Cardinals dating back to 2014.

Five minutes with Alexis Gonzalez

By Danielle Brown | September 28, 2015

Senior volleyball setter Alexis Gonzalez has continued to improve in her senior season.Gonzalez, hailing from Fresno, Calif., recently became No. 3 in program history in assists; however, Gonzalez has been contributing much more to NIU’s volleyball...

Lauren Zielinski (17), redshirt sophomore middle blocker, spikes the ball Saturday at Victor E. Court in the match against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Huskies’ 3-2 loss to the Eagles was their first loss in DeKalb since Aug. 30.

Volleyball upset by Miami in semifinals

By Rhema Rhea | November 24, 2014

No. 2 volleyball’s (21-10, 14-2 MAC) comeback attempt fell short as it lost in the MAC Tournament semifinals, 3-2, to the No. 3 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (21-9, 12-4 MAC).The Huskies were upset by a lower seed like the No. 1 Ohio Bobcats were earlier in...

Volleyball onto MAC semifinals

By Rhema Rhea | November 19, 2014

After one of the best regular seasons in the Ray Gooden era, volleyball (21-9, 14-2 MAC) will journey to Athens, Ohio, for the 2014 MAC Tournament.This weekend, the Huskies will look to put a season-ending loss behind them and go deep into the MAC Tournament....

Sophomore middle blocker Jenna Radtke plays against Bowling Green Saturday. NIU won both its weekend matches and claimed the MAC West division regular season title, its second in four seasons.

Volleyball takes top spot in MAC West

By Rhema Rhea | November 9, 2014

Volleyball (20-8, 13-1 MAC) earned its second MAC West division regular season title in four seasons with a 109-kill weekend.By winning both weekend matches, NIU clinched a top-two seed in the MAC Tournament and will receive a double-bye into the semifinals.The...



By Suresh Vakati | November 5, 2014

Junior Mackenzie Roddy (left), Sophomore Alexis Gonzalez (15), and Freshman Jenna Radtke (5) celebrate scoring a point against Western Illinois on Aug. 4 at the Convocation Center.

Volleyball clinches playoff berth

By Rhema Rhea | November 2, 2014

Volleyball put its lone conference loss behind it this weekend, earning a berth in the MAC TournamentThe Huskies (18-8, 11-1 MAC) improved to 7-0 against MAC West opponents after beating the Ball State Cardinals (14-11, 8-4 MAC) Friday in Muncie, Ind....

Volleyball heads into ‘very big weekend’

By Rhema Rhea | October 22, 2014

Volleyball (15-7, 8-0 MAC) embarks on its final road trip of the regular season with a pair of games in Ohio this weekend.The Huskies visit the Kent State Golden Flashes 6 p.m. Friday in Kent, Ohio, and then take on the Ohio Bobcats 4 p.m. Saturday in...

Volleyball halfway to MAC perfection

By Rhema Rhea | October 19, 2014

Volleyball (15-7, 8-0 MAC) reached a perfect eight wins in eight tries with weekend triumphs over Akron and Buffalo.The victories increased NIU’s lead atop the MAC West standings to two games over Ball State.Friday, the Huskies took care of the Akron...

Austin excels with emphasis on volleyball

By Rhema Rhea | October 6, 2014

Volleyball is off to its best conference start since 1997, and sophomore outside hitter T’ara Austin’s insertion into the starting lineup has been a key piece to the team’s early MAC wins.During the Huskies’ recent three-game conference homestand,...