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Middle blocker Savanah Brandt joins NIU volleyball as its first addition under new head coach Sondra Parys (Courtesy Belmont Athletics)

NIU volleyball adds Belmont transfer Savanah Brandt

By Northern Star Sports Staff | January 25, 2023

DeKALB – Sondra Parys, the newly-hired head coach of NIU volleyball, has made her first addition to the team’s roster as the program announced the signing of Savanah Brandt on Tuesday. Brandt, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, will join the Huskies as...

A graphic featuring a photo of NIU men’s basketball playing against Central Michigan University last week on Tuesday at the NIU Convocation Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Sports between the semesters

By Sean Reed, Multimedia Editor | January 16, 2023

Volleyball assistant Davidson bids farewell to NIU

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | January 14, 2023
"Joe" Davidson, the second-in-command to former NIU volleyball head coach Ray Gooden, says goodbye to Huskie country.
NIU President Lisa Freeman, NIU volleyball head coach Sondra Parys and NIU Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Sean Frazier hold an NIU volleyball jersey bearing the No. 7, representing Parys status as the Huskies seventh head coach in program history. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU welcomes Sondra Parys to Huskie country

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | January 12, 2023

DeKALB – Standing at the podium in front of the crowd gathered at Victor E. Court during her first appearance as the new head coach of NIU volleyball on Tuesday, Sondra Parys shared a brief moment with her father, Joe. “I know you’ve always wanted...

Sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci serves during NIUs Mid-American Conference opener against the University of Akron Zips on Sept. 23. The Huskies earned their first win of league play after beating Akron 3-0. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

NIU 2022 digs leader Bertucci transfers to Bama

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | January 9, 2023

DeKALB – The 2022 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year is SEC-bound after NIU volleyball libero Francesca Bertucci announced her commitment to the University of Alabama Sunday. Bertucci, who will be a junior in 2023, made the...

Former Loyola University Chicago assistant coach Sondra Parys was hired to lead NIUs volleyball program Thursday. (Loyola Chicago Athletics)

NIU tabs Sondra Parys to lead Huskie volleyball

By Northern Star Sports Staff | December 15, 2022
NIU Athletics has hired former Loyola Chicago assistant coach Sondra Parys to take the reins of its volleyball program.
NIU head volleyball coach Ray Gooden speaks with sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci between rallies in the Huskies’ first regular season game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Aug. 26. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Ray Gooden out as head coach of NIU volleyball

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 18, 2022

DeKALB – Ray Gooden will no longer serve as NIU's head volleyball coach after NIU Athletics announced it will not renew Gooden’s contract, NIU’s Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Frazier announced Friday. Gooden’s NIU career...

NIU junior right side hitter Emily Dykes attacks the ball over the net during Wednedays Mid-American Confernec matchup between NIU and Western Michigan University at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dykes totaled 10 kills in the match as NIU lost in five sets, ending their chances of playing in the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament. (Courtesy WMU Athletics)

NIU’s playoff hopes spoiled by Broncos in regular season finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 16, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball’s 2022 season is officially in the books after losing its chance to play in the postseason thanks to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Western Michigan University Broncos on Wednesday in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Huskies entered...

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 Editor | 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...

Senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski has earned her first Huskie of the Week honor following one of her final weekends playing volleyball for the NIU Huskies. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Huskie of the Week: Katie Jablonski

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 7, 2022

DeKALB – A 23-kill weekend performance by senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski from NIU volleyball has earned her the title of the Northern Star’s Huskie of the Week. Jablonski led the Huskie offense during Saturday’s 3-0 victory over the Central...

Bertucci bags third MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honor

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 7, 2022
NIU volleyball's bump squad leader has raked in her third weekly conference honor of her sophomore season after reaching a career milestone.