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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....

Mihacevich and Lockwood rake in weekly MAC honors

Mihacevich and Lockwood rake in weekly MAC honors

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 4, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies volleyball team had two players announced as Mid-American Conference Players of the Week Monday Junior middle blocker Sammi Lockwood earned Defensive Player of the Week and junior setter Ella Mihacevich earned Setter Player of...

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)

Bertucci anchoring NIU’s bumper squad

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 29, 2022

Francesca “Franki” Bertucci stands out in NIU volleyball, whether it be the jersey she dons on game days or her playmaking abilities from the back row. Bertucci, a sophomore libero and defensive specialist for the Huskies, continues to build on...

Junior right side hitter Emily Dykes jumps for an attack during Tuesday nights Mid-American Conference matchup between the NIU Huskies and the Western Michigan University Broncos. NIU bested the Broncos 3-2 in five sets to remain undefeated in conference play and extend its consecutive wins streak to seven games. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies topple Broncos in five-set thriller

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 27, 2022

DeKALB – All five sets were needed to determine the victor of Tuesday night’s Mid-American Conference matchup between NIU volleyball (10-3, 3-0 MAC) and the Western Michigan University Broncos (10-5, 2-1 MAC) at Victor E. Court. The Huskies successfully...

Huskies close weekend with back-to-back MAC wins

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (9-3, 2-0 MAC) closed out its first Mid-American Conference of the season with back-to-back wins, routing the University of Akron Zips (3-10, 0-2 MAC) Saturday in three straight sets. Saturday’s win came just hours after...

Bring out the brooms: Volleyball bests Akron to open MAC play

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (8-3, 1-0 MAC) became the first team at NIU to win a Mid-American Conference game this season after sweeping the University of Akron Zips (3-9, 0-1 MAC) 3-0 on Friday night at Victor E. Court. Friday’s result extended the...

(Left to right) Ella Mihacevich, Sammi Lockwood and Katie Jablonski positioning to receive a spike from NJIT during the first set of the team’s match on Friday.  (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Lockwood brings experience to NIU volleyball

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 18, 2022

The transfer portal gives and the transfer portal takes. NIU volleyball has firsthand experience with that, especially this offseason. The Huskies lost a combined eight years of experience after the departures of middle blockers Jasmine Kemp and Angie...