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NIU junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic (21) jumps in the air for an attack against Eastern Michigan University during Thursday’s match at Victor E. Court. The Huskies return to action Tuesday for a matchup with conference powerhouse Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Ariyonna McGahee | Northern Star)

Huskies eye upset of top-ranked Broncos

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 16, 2023

The stage is set for a MACtion matchup featuring two of the conference’s top-five squads as NIU volleyball prepares for a brush with a conference powerhouse in enemy territory. The Huskies (8-12, 6-2 MAC) carry with them a three-games unbeaten streak...

Junior libero Crew Hoffmeier recording a dig against Chicago State University on Aug. 26. The Huskies were defeated by the Cougars 3-2. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

NIU to begin MAC play at Bowling Green

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 20, 2023

NIU volleyball is set to receive its first dose of MACtion this week as the Huskies travel eastward for a road clash with the conference titleholders.  The Huskies (2-10) open their conference schedule with a two-match series at Bowling Green State...

NIU junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo digs up a ball during Friday’s match between the NIU Huskies and the University of Dayton Flyers. The Huskies went on to fall in three sets to UNI Tournament host University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, ending the weekend with a 2-1 record in the tournament. (Logan Colglaizer | UNI Athletics)

Huskies collared by Panthers in non-conference closer

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 16, 2023

One day removed from a crushing defeat followed by a resounding win to open the UNI Tournament, NIU volleyball was forcefully brought back to earth by a “Northern” foe. NIU’s post-win fire was extinguished by an overpowering performance by the...

Junior setter Sophie Hurt sets the volleyball up for her teammate against the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The Huskies were defeated by the Fighting Illini 3-1 on Aug. 26. (Scott Malstrom | NIU Athletics)

Volleyball served with sweep at DePaul

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 7, 2023

CHICAGO – NIU volleyball received a bitter taste of Chicago, swallowing a shutout defeat to open tournament play in the Windy City. The Huskies (1-6) sustained their most decisive loss of the season to date, falling 3-0 in the first match of the...

Savanah Brandt (18) jumping up to block a University of Illinois attack on Saturday. The Huskies fell to the Illini 3-1 in day 2 of the Huskie Invitational. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

COLUMN: Volleyball fought through fire, hope remains

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | August 28, 2023

DeKALB – The first showing of the 2023 edition of NIU volleyball hasn’t delivered in the win-loss record, but plenty of volleyball is left to be played for the Huskies to prove their worth. Hosting two opponents at the NIU Convocation Center across...

Senior setter Ella Mihacevich rises up to hit the volleyball in a Saturday matchup against the University of Illinois. (Scott Walstrom | Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Volleyball begins Parys’ era winless

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | August 27, 2023

DeKALB – The debut of NIU volleyball’s first-year head coach Sondra Parys has come and gone, and the Huskies remain winless to begin the tenure of their new leader. More than nine months after missing out on a MAC Tournament bid by four tiebreakers...

NIU volleyball adds assistant coach Mackenzie Rombach

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | February 16, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s volleyball head coach Sondra Parys announced Thursday that the Huskies’ coaching staff is adding Mackenzie Rombach as an assistant coach. Rombach previously spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Jacksonville...

Then-sophomore setter Ella Mihacevich (center) celebrates with her teammates during a match in the 2021 season.

Mihacevich making splashes in spotlight season

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 12, 2022

Editor’s Note: This story is the first of a two-part series featuring NIU volleyball’s junior setter Ella Mihacevich. The second story will be released on Oct. 13. Ella Mihacevich is making the most of her time on the starting lineup as the on-court...

Sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo was selected as the Northern Stars Huskie of the Week after racking up 15 blocks and four digs during NIU volleyballs pair of wins on Oct. 7-8. (Graphic by Harrison Linden)

Huskie of the Week: Charli Atiemo

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 10, 2022

DeKALB – Sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo from NIU volleyball added to her weekend accolades with a selection as this week’s Northern Star Huskie of the Week. Atiemo was one of many contributors to NIU’s pair of victories over conference...

This weekend in Huskie sports: Oct. 7-9

This weekend in Huskie sports: Oct. 7-9

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 6, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s 115th Homecoming celebration features a weekend filled with Huskie home sporting events. Football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer all stay in DeKalb to defend home against various Mid-American Conference opponents....