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Then junior catcher Ellis Erickson (23) tosses the ball to the pitcher as Central Michigan University batters switch out on April 2, 2023. Erickson had two hits in a 6-5 loss to Central Michigan Sunday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Softball can’t capitalize, loses to Central Michigan

By Lucas Didier, Sports Editor | February 18, 2024

NIU softball (3-7) fell short against the Central Michigan University Chippewas (1-4) leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and losing 6-5 to finish 1-4 in the South Alabama Tournament. “Every loss matters,” said NIU softball head coach Christina...

NIU graduate right side hitter Isabelle Percoco (2) and sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt (18) attempt to block Central Michigan University junior outside hitter Lauren Schrocks (3) attack attempt during Saturdays meeting, featuring the conference-rivaling Huskies and Chippewas. Percoco led the Huskies efforts with 14 kills to match her career-high and assisted on three blocks in NIUs 3-1 loss. (Josie Ransley | CMU Athletics)

NIU suffers CMU series sweep, moves to three straight losses

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2023

After being the MAC’s fourth-ranked squad eight days ago, the NIU volleyball team is experiencing free fall after sustaining its third consecutive loss in the span of five days. NIU (8-15, 6-5 MAC) was undone in four sets,15-25, 25-16, 24-26, 18-25,...

From left: Graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, junior libero Crew Hoffmeier, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic, sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt and graduate student outside hitter Isabelle Percoco gather into a huddle during NIUs Oct. 13 matchup with the Eastern Michigan University Eagles at Victor E. Court. The Huskies suffered their second consecutive sweep in Fridays series-opener against Central Michigan University. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Volleyball suffers sweep at Central Michigan

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2023

Kills aplenty, two pivotal challenges and a battle past 25 points, all in the first set of a match seemingly destined to go the distance. Instead, it was just the beginning of NIU volleyball’s downhill slide to utter defeat. The Huskies (8-14,...

From left: Junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, graduate student right side hitter Isabelle Percoco, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic and sophomore middler blocker Savanah Brandt celebrate after a rally against Eastern Michigan University on Friday at Victor E. Court. The Huskies look to get back in the win column after falling short against Western Michigan University on Tuesday. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Huskies to attempt bounce-back in Central Michigan

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 19, 2023

Days removed from a failed upset bid against the MAC’s top squad and a busted winning streak, NIU volleyball hopes to find redemption in the heart of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The Huskies (8-13, 6-3 MAC) continue their road stretch with a two-match...

Junior midfielder Claudia Muessig kicks the ball past Central Michigan University freshman goalkeeper Emma Shingler during Sundays match at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Muessig scored her fourth goal of the season to give NIU a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

NIU routs Chippewas to claim first home win

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | October 2, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women’s soccer team (5-4-2, 2-2 MAC) captured their third shutout victory on Sunday, winning 2-0 against Central Michigan University (1-8-2, 0-3-1 MAC). Sunday's game was one of the most dominant performances by the Huskies this...

Softball sweeps Eagles, ties Chippewas at home

By Chris Loggins | April 27, 2015

Softball went 3-1 on the weekend, hosting series against the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Central Michigan Chippewas.The Huskies (26-20, 10-6 MAC) swept the series against Eastern Michigan (15-29, 4-11 MAC) and went 1-1 in their series against Central...

MAC Breakdown: Toledo, Kent State, NIU top dogs

By Matt Hopkinson | November 7, 2012

Kent State: Perhaps the biggest headline in the MAC East has been the play of the Golden Flashes. Riding a seven-game winning streak, they have gone unbeaten within the conference this season. Kent State features two running backs who each have more than...

MAC football divided between the have, the have-nots

By Matt Hopkinson | October 11, 2012

Ball State: Dropping its most recent game against NIU, Ball State has found itself in a bind. Sitting at 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the MAC, Ball State has no gimme’s at all, with tough-games against Central and Western Michigan. They also still have to...

Huskies prove themselves time and again

By Matt Hopkinson | October 7, 2012

There are a lot cliche lines from athletes: “It was a team effort,” “I need to watch the tape,” and my favorite, “One game at a time.” After the loss against Iowa in the opening game of the season, senior defensive end Sean Progar provided...

MAC coaches discuss coming season

By Andrew Singer | November 10, 2010

In order of predicted finish by blue ribbon forecasters East 1.) Ohio Bobcats 2009-10 record: 22-15, 7-9 MAC Head Coach: John Groce Record at school: 37-32 (Third Season) "I told my guys to pay homage to what they did last year," Groce said. "But they...

A look around the MAC

By Jimmy Johnson | November 7, 2010

MAC East Temple Owls Head Coach - Al Golden 2010 Record - 8-2 (5-1 MAC) Temple found its way to victory over Kent State, 28-10. Owls' quarterback Mike Gerardi was highly effective through the air, throwing for 368 yards and two touchdown passes. Temple...