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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...

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...

Volleyball ‘excited’ to return home

Volleyball ‘excited’ to return home

By Rhema Rhea | November 5, 2014

Volleyball still has a chance at the No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament, but it has to take care of Western Michigan and Bowling Green this weekend.The Huskies (18-11, 11-1, MAC) take on the Western Michigan Broncos (16-11, 7-5 MAC) 6 p.m. today in Kalamazoo,...

Zielinski used injury to enhance play

By Rhema Rhea | November 4, 2014

In her first season with significant playing time, Lauren Zielinski, redshirt sophomore right side, has bounced back from injury and shown she deserves to be on the court.Zielinski missed her freshman season while recovering from an injury to her hitting...

Ask an Athlete: Cross country

By Rhema Rhea | November 3, 2014

What is your major?Freshman Kelsey Hildreth: NutritionSenior Meghan Heuer: Rehabilitation servicesRedshirt freshman Taylor Perkins: CommunicationJunior Ali Olson: Communication with a emphasis on media studiesWho is your favorite superhero?Hildreth: Elastigirl...

Love of volleyball brings Sprague back to game

By Rhema Rhea | November 3, 2014

Volleyball assistant coach Matt Sprague has focused on sharing his knowledge in blocking and defense during his first season as a member of the coaching staff.Sprague is an experienced club volleyball coach and was a four-year letter winner and outside...

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....

Hildreth, Heuer crush records

By Rhema Rhea | November 2, 2014

Cross country’s top two runners made program history Saturday at the MAC Championships in Mount Pleasant, Mich.Freshman Kelsey Hildreth and senior Meghan Heuer became the first All-MAC performers in program history. But, the Huskies didn’t get enough...

Volleyball out to correct errors after 1st MAC loss

By Rhema Rhea | October 29, 2014

Volleyball is looking to get back to its strengths of kills, attack percentage and service aces after it lost for the first time in 10 MAC games over the weekend.The Huskies (16-8, 9-1 MAC) take on the Ball State Cardinals (13-10, 7-3 MAC) 6 p.m. Friday...

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...

5 minutes with… Lorena Martin

By Rhema Rhea | October 28, 2014

Lorena Martin, freshman cross country runner, is picking up ground quickly in her first season with the Huskies after her club team, Atletismo Valladolid, won four-straight national championships in Spain.Martin, of Salamanca, Spain, finished third (22:25.9)...

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...