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Huskies lose twice at home, see losing streak extend

By Marcel Carrasco | November 11, 2019

DeKALB — The volleyball team has struggled this season and its record is clear evidence.The Huskies have picked up five victories in the Mid-American Conference this season and sit at third place in the West division with a 5-9 record.The Huskies first...

Senior middle blocker Kennedy Wallace and Junior setter Grace Balensiefer await an opponents attack Oct. 25, 2019.

Volleyball drops two road losses, lose West division title hopes

By Justin Kelley | November 4, 2019

DeKALB — The volleyball team fell short in two-away matches Friday and Saturday and now are out of contention to win the Mid-American Conference West division. NIU was swept in the matches, losing to the Eastern Michigan University Eagles and Central...

Volleyball to play two road MAC matches, Karlen, Balensiefer win conference awards

By Justin Kelley | November 1, 2019

DeKALB — Junior libero Miranda Karlen and sophomore setter Grace Balensiefer earned Mid American Conference honors for their performances Friday and Saturday, which led to wins over Kent State University and Ohio University.Karlen was named MAC West...

Senior setter Amanda Krahl (left), has a word with junior libero Miranda Karlen Friday during an eventual 3-1 victory against Kent State University at Victor E. Court.

Huskies earn Homecoming royalty with two MAC victories

By Justin Kelley | October 28, 2019

DeKALB — Homecoming week brought out the best of the volleyball team as the Huskies won Friday against Kent State University and Saturday against Ohio University.The Huskies won both matches in four sets, the second time this season the team has won...

Senior setter Amanda Krahl (left), has a word with junior libero Miranda Karlen Friday during an eventual 3-1 victory against Kent State University at Victor E. Court.

Huskies beat Kent State in first of two Homecoming weekend matches, host Ohio next

By Justin Kelley | October 25, 2019

DeKALB — Kaitlyn Bell, first year outside hitter, anchored the Huskies’ offense Friday in a 3-1 victory over Kent State University at Victor E. Court. Friday kicked off one of two Homecoming matches for NIU. Kent State came out very aggressive in...

Volleyball blanked in two road MAC games

By Justin Kelley | October 21, 2019

DeKALB — The volleyball team remains in third place in the Mid-American Conference West Division despite dropping two away games Friday and Saturday. The Huskies lost Friday in three sets to the University of Akron Zips and Saturday against the University...

Women’s volleyball hosts Central Michigan for MAC opener

By Justin Kelley | September 26, 2019

DeKALB — The volleyball team has a chance to redeem itself after a rough start to the season with 3-11 record in non-conference play. The Huskies face off against the Central Michigan University Chippewas in their opening match of Mid-American Conference...

Senior setter Amanda Krahl jump sets junior middle blocker Kennedy Wallace Aug. 30 in a 3-1 loss to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.

Volleyball not enough for South Dakota and Bradley, open MAC Friday

By Justin Kelley | September 20, 2019

DeKALB — Two three-set losses plagued the volleyball team when it participated in the Bradley University tournament, losing 3-0 Friday to University of South Dakota, and 3-0 Saturday to the Bradley Braves.The Bradley tournament was the last of the Huskies’...

The womens volleyball team waits for the beginning of a match Saturday against Niagara University in San Antonio.

Huskies snap losing streak at Cardinal Challenge

By Justin Kelley | September 16, 2019

DeKALB — Junior liberio Miranda Karlen surpassed the 1,000 dig mark over the weekend at Cardinal Challenge.Head coach Ray Gooden talked to NIU athletics about Karlen’s accomplishment.“It’s nice for Miranda to reach that milestone,” Gooden said....

Sophomore setter Grace Balensiefer positions her feet for a set during warmups Aug. 30 against Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville at Victor E. Court.

Volleyball loses at home to Texas Tech

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 9, 2019

DeKALB — A fifth straight loss by the volleyball team has set the Huskies to 2-6 this season, after losing at home Monday to Texas Tech University. The Huskies are now 2-2 in their last four home matches, a home-best since 2016.The Huskies battled with...

Volleyball losses three at Dayton Invitational

Volleyball losses three at Dayton Invitational

By Marcel Carrasco | September 7, 2019

DeKALB — Facing top programs in the nation, the volleyball team dropped three matches at the Dayton Invitational.The Huskies first faced Dayton University Friday and lost to the Flyers 3-0. NIU faced University of Michigan after and were shutout 3-0.NIU’s...

Volleyball loses season opening away match to Chicago State

By Justin Kelley | September 4, 2019

DeKALB — With a 3-1 loss to Chicago State University, the volleyball team has lost its opening away match of the season for the fifth year in a row.The Huskies came in riding high off wins from two of their last three matches.Chicago State took control...