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Sophomore Jenna Horne awaits a strike from her opponent at the Nelson Tennis Center at Chick Evans Field House. Womens tennis fell 1-6 to Eastern Michigan University Friday. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Women’s tennis crushed by Eastern Michigan

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | March 30, 2024

Dropping to 1-3 in MAC play, NIU women's tennis (12-8, 1-3 MAC) was defeated 1-6 in its match against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles (8-8, 2-2 MAC).  The Huskies went down early when the Eagles clinched the doubles point and were unable to...

Junior guard Laura Nickel (32) dribbles the ball down the court toward her teammates Feb. 14 against Western Michigan University. Nickel recorded a season-high 12 points in Saturdays win over Eastern Michigan University. (Katherine Follmer | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball rebounds to take rematch over EMU

By Lucas Didier, Assistant Sports Editor | February 17, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (12-12, 5-7 MAC) survived a rematch with the Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-17, 2-10 MAC), winning 61-52 three days after a season-low score of 47. The Eagles gave the Huskies a scare with a third-quarter buzzer-beater to take...

Freshman gymnast Isabella Ross poses while her teammates cheer for
her completed routine. NIU gymnastics will face Eastern Michigan University Sunday. (Totus Tuus Keely |
Northern Star)

‘We got a little payback in us’: Huskies ready for rematch with Eagles

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | February 16, 2024

DeKALB – Before she blossomed into NIU gymnastics’ bar star and beam queen, senior Alyssa Al-Ashari got her start in the Great Lake State of Michigan. Nearly halfway into her swansong season at NIU, Al-Ashari’s set to compete in her home state...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) runs for the first down against Eastern Michigan. The Huskies defeated the Eagles 20-13. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Football downs Eagles, wins third straight

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2023

DeKALB – With a goal-line stretch by redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi in the final two minutes of regulation, NIU football (4-4, 3-1 MAC) pulled away from Eastern Michigan University (4-4, 2-2 MAC) by a score of 20-13.  The Huskie offense...

Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Drew Hoth (71) blocks as redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) looks to take an open past during Saturdays Homecoming game against Ohio University. The Huskies are looking for their third straight win this weekend against Eastern Michigan. (Cameron Whittington | Northern Star)

Football eyes third place in MAC West

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | October 19, 2023

DeKALB – With a victory on Saturday, NIU football (3-4, 2-1 MAC) can seize the chance to surpass Eastern Michigan University (4-3, 2-1 MAC) for third place in the MAC West.  The Huskies ride into Saturday’s contest on the heels of a 23-13 Homecoming...

From left: Graduate outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, graduate student outside hitter Isabelle Percoco, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic and sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt switch sides after winning the second set of Sept. 30s volleyball match between NIU and Miami University at Victor E. Court. The Huskies defeated the RedHawks to complete a weekend sweep of Miami. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Huskies ground Eagles, complete Homecoming sweep

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 13, 2023

DeKALB – NIU volleyball had plenty to celebrate on Friday night, Homecoming week series sweep to a conference leaderboard climb. The Huskies (8-12, 6-2 MAC) demolished the visiting Eastern Michigan University Eagles (2-19, 0-9 MAC) in straight sets,...

NIU women’s volleyball team waves to fans after Fridays match against Miami University (Ohio). The women’s volleyball team defeated Miami in three sets. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Volleyball defense dominates in NIU shutout of Eagles

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 13, 2023

DeKALB – “Monster block, monster block, monster, monster, monster block.” Those were the lyrics heard from the speakers at Victor E. Court time and time again as NIU volleyball’s front row wreaked havoc on opposing hitters during Thursday’s...

NIU graduate student right side hitter Isabelle Percoco leaps to make a play on the ball during the Huskies’ Sept. 29 against the Miami University RedHawks at Victor E. Court. NIU will return home for a pair of Homecoming match on Thursday and Friday against Eastern Michigan University. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Volleyball to host Eastern Michigan in Homecoming home stand

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 11, 2023

With its six-game gauntlet against Ohio-based opponents now in the rear-view mirror, the NIU volleyball team has its sights set on a triumphant homecoming to ring in NIU’s 116th Homecoming.  “Everyone’s excited to be back home,” said NIU volleyball...

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 Reporter | 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...

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...

Defense is what makes this year special for NIU

By Matt Hopkinson | November 25, 2012

While NIU’s offense put up a relatively high score, what was more impressive for the football team was the defensive effort turned in against Eastern Michigan. The 49 points in the game for NIU was the third-highest scored against the Eagles as well...

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...