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Then-junior Colin Summerhill stands over home plate in an NIU baseball home game against Western Michigan University on April 14, 2023. Summerhill was named to the Northern Star Sports Staffs MAC baseball All-Star squad. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Assembling the 2024 MAC baseball All-Star team

By Zachary Bertram and Joseph Segreti | April 22, 2024

With the MAC baseball season a little more than halfway over, now is the perfect time to create our own MAC baseball All-Star team.  CATCHER: NIU senior Colin Summerhill  The backstop of the Huskies currently leads the MAC in home runs with 17...

NIU sophomore Nataly Ninova prepares for a strike against Eastern Illinois University on March 9. Ninova and her doubles partner, junior Erika Dimitriev, earned MAC Doubles Team of the Week honors, along with NIU seniors Mikael Vollbach and Cheng En Tsai. (Northern Star File Photo)

Tennis Sweeps MAC Doubles Team of the Week

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | March 28, 2024

NIU swept the Mid-American Conference Doubles Team of the Week honors, with a team from both NIU men’s (15-3, 4-1 MAC) and women’s tennis (12-7, 1-2 MAC) being awarded the honor.  Senior duo Cheng En Tsai and Mikael Vollbach were named the MAC...

Junior guard David Coit drives past a University of Toledo defender on Jan. 23. Coit was selected as the starting guard for Senior Sports Reporter Zach Bertrams MAC mens basketball All-Star team. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Creating the 2023-2024 MAC men’s basketball All-Star squad

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 12, 2024

With MAC men’s basketball conference play a little more than halfway through and the NBA All-Star Game on the horizon, I decided to make my own MAC men’s basketball All-Star team. These players have not only been the best on their respective teams,...

NIU graduate student right side hitter Isabelle Percoco hits the ball during a rally in the Oct. 27 match against the University of Akron. The Huskies fell in three sets as one of their seven consecutive defeats entering Friday’s series-opener against Ball State University. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Volleyball braces for Ball State battle

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 10, 2023

DeKALB – Play smarter, not harder. The four words used by NIU volleyball head coach Sondra Parys to describe the goal for her squad in preparation for its final road trip of the regular season. The Huskies (8-19, 6-9 MAC) will travel eastbound...

NIU freshman tennis player Iker Gaztambide Arrastia completes a serve against University of Toledo’s Marko Galic, a senior, during their singles match on April 7 at DeKalb High School. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Three Huskies earn MAC postseason honors

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2023

DeKALB - Three of NIU's men’s tennis team members received post-season honors, NIU announced Wednesday Iker Gaztambide Arrastia won the MAC Freshman of the Year award while senior Oliver Valentinsson and junior Mikael Vollbach secured Second Team...

Freshman utility player Danielle Stewart was named MAC Pitcher of the Week Tuesday afternoon. Stewart was credited with two wins and a save in a series sweep of Miami University. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Danielle Stewart named MAC Pitcher of the Week

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 28, 2023

DeKALB – Freshman utility player Danielle Stewart received the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Week award after the Huskies’ sweep of Miami University last weekend. NIU won all three games. Game one 4-2, game two 7-6 and game three 7-2. Stewart...

NIU redshirt senior Terrese Aaron takes on Buffalo’s Gregory Hodulick To close out the wrestling portion of the Beauty and the Beast meet on Saturday at the Convocation Center. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Walk-off match pushes Huskies past Buffalo

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | February 6, 2023

DeKALB – NIU wrestling won in walk-off fashion against Mid-American Conference opponent University at Buffalo. Redshirt senior Terrese Aaron was able to come back and defeat his opponent in the final match of the dual to top the Bulls in a close 15-14...

Junior right side hitter Emily Dykes jumps for an attack during Tuesday nights Mid-American Conference matchup between the NIU Huskies and the Western Michigan University Broncos. NIU bested the Broncos 3-2 in five sets to remain undefeated in conference play and extend its consecutive wins streak to seven games. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies topple Broncos in five-set thriller

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 27, 2022

DeKALB – All five sets were needed to determine the victor of Tuesday night’s Mid-American Conference matchup between NIU volleyball (10-3, 3-0 MAC) and the Western Michigan University Broncos (10-5, 2-1 MAC) at Victor E. Court. The Huskies successfully...

Then-freshman midfielder Aubrey Robertson in possession of the ball during the NIU womens soccer game Sept. 9th, 2022. The Huskies lost 3-0 to their opponent Western Illinois. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer bags first conference victory at Toledo

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | September 26, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women's soccer team (4-3-2, 1-1 MAC) visited Toledo for their second game of league play, where they took a 2-0 victory. The win comes off of a 2-0 loss against Western Michigan University on Thursday. The two goals against Toledo...

Huskies close weekend with back-to-back MAC wins

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (9-3, 2-0 MAC) closed out its first Mid-American Conference of the season with back-to-back wins, routing the University of Akron Zips (3-10, 0-2 MAC) Saturday in three straight sets. Saturday’s win came just hours after...

Bring out the brooms: Volleyball bests Akron to open MAC play

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (8-3, 1-0 MAC) became the first team at NIU to win a Mid-American Conference game this season after sweeping the University of Akron Zips (3-9, 0-1 MAC) 3-0 on Friday night at Victor E. Court. Friday’s result extended the...

Sophomore defensive specialist/libero Francesca Bertucci awaits an upcoming rally during NIUs match against the University of Southern Indiana on Sept. 17 at Victor E. Court (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Bertucci earns MAC West Defensive Player of the Week

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 21, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball’s sophomore defensive specialist/libero Francesca Bertucci is the Mid-American Conference West Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, the conference announced Monday. Bertucci earned the honor after recording...