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Junior defensive specialist continues to climb record books

By Danielle Brown | October 12, 2015

After dreaming of pursuing a career in gymnastics, junior defensive specialist Paige Dacanay found her calling as a key contributor to NIU’s volleyball team.Dacanay, a native of Crystal Lake, started her volleyball career at a young age when she was...

Ask an Athlete: Volleyball

By Rhema Rhea | November 10, 2014

What is your major?Sophomore defensive specialist Paige Dacanay: NutritionSophomore outside hitter T’ara Austin: JournalismFreshman outside hitter Taylor Krage: Early Childhood EducationFreshman setter Chandler Kinley: PsychologyWho is your favorite...

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....

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 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 Alexis Pookie Gonzalez (15) and sophomore Jenna Radtke (5) attempt to hit a volleyball against Toledo Friday at Victor E. Court. The Huskies swept the Rockets Friday and went on to sweep the Ball State Cardinals Saturday.

Volleyball perfect over weekend

By Rhema Rhea | September 28, 2014

Volleyball (9-7) started conference play with a clean slate during its two-game homestand over the weekend.The Huskies (9-7, 2-0 MAC) won all six sets they played Friday and Saturday at Victor E. Court, sweeping the Toledo Rockets and the Ball State Cardinals,...

Volleyball freshmen learn as they go

By Mike Romor | September 11, 2013

DeKalb | Over the years, volleyball has given freshmen a fair chance in the lineup.This year, head coach Ray Gooden decided to plug three of his freshmen into the starting lineup. The results have been everything he hoped for.Freshmen Paige Dacanay, Mary...

Volleyball digs in for victory against Western Illinois

By Mike Romor | September 5, 2013

After not dropping a set to Western Illinois since 2005, volleyball dropped the very first one it played against the Leathernecks Wednesday night at Victor E. Court.NIU (3-2) ended up winning in five sets, but not before a grueling battle that forced...