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Top 10 athletes | No. 5: Volleyball’s Mackenzie Roddy garners several awards

By Frank Gogola | April 27, 2015

Mackenzie Roddy, volleyball senior outside hitter, spikes her way to No. 5 in Sports’ countdown of the top 10 athletes.Roddy earned nods to the All-MAC First Team, the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region Team and the AVCA’s...

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....

5 minutes with… Volleyball’s seniors

By Rhema Rhea | November 19, 2014

Volleyball seniors Mackenzie Roddy and Emily Paschke will close out their NIU careers on the road after they played at Victor E. Court for the last time Saturday.NIU went 21-9 overall and 14-2 in the MAC this season. The conference record is the exact...

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....

Paschke wins starting job, shows defensive expertise

By Rhema Rhea | October 28, 2014

Senior middle blocker Emily Paschke has gained a close friend and a starting role on the front line over her four-year career with the volleyball team.The 6-foot-2 defensive-minded senior has started in all 24 matches, playing in 84 of NIU’s 90 sets...

Volleyball swept aside in 1st MAC loss

By Rhema Rhea | October 26, 2014

Volleyball (16-8, 9-1 MAC) split its weekend pair against Kent State and Ohio, losing in conference play for the first time in 10 games.The Huskies started the weekend off on a high note, taking down the Kent State Golden Flashes (11-11, 3-6 MAC) in four...

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...

Volleyball rages on in MAC

By Rhema Rhea | October 12, 2014

Volleyball has extended it conference-opening winning streak to six games, which marks NIU’s best start to MAC play since 1984.The Huskies (13-7, 6-0 MAC) won a five-set thriller against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (26-24, 25-15, 19-25, 24-26, 15-10)...

Junior setter Alexis Pookie Gonzalez (15) plays against the Illinois-Chicago Flames Tuesday at Vidtor E. Court. Gonzalez and the Huskies have gone 5-2 away from home this season.

Volleyball seeks to extend road success

By Rhema Rhea | September 17, 2014

Volleyball is returning to the road, where it’s gone 5-2, after a one-game stint at home.NIU will travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., for a date with the Cal Poly Mustangs (4-4) 7 p.m. Friday and then to Santa Barbara, Calif., for games against the Santa...