The Northwood University volleyball team clinched at least a share of the GLIAC Championship with a 3-0 win at Northern Michigan Saturday afternoon (November 3). Set scores were 25-22, 25-23, 25-21.
Northwood improves to 22-5 overall, 16-0 in the GLIAC. Northern Michigan falls to 18-11 overall, 10-6 in the GLIAC.
With one weekend remaining in the regular season, Northwood owns a two-match lead over Ferris State (14-2 GLIAC) with two matches to go. The Timberwolves will face Ferris State Saturday afternoon in the season finale.
Northwood's offense came out hot in the opening set, hitting .379 (13-2-29) while holding the Wildcats to a .135 mark (12-7-35). Tatjana Rajic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the way for the Timberwolves in the first set with five kills on seven swings (.714).
The second set saw huge swings in momentum throughout. Northwood came out strong at the start, scoring the first seven points before eventually opening up an 11-2 lead. But Northern Michigan came storming back, scoring 14 of the next 17 points go take a 16-14 lead. The Wildcats appeared to be ready to earn the set later with a lead of 19-16, but Northwood would make the final run of the set to earn the win. NU scored nine of the final 13 points, including three of the last four, to win the set 25-23 and go up 2-0.
The final set saw NMU score the first three points, only to watch Northwood rattle off the next six points to take the early advantage. The Timberwolves led by as many as eight and did not allow Northern Michigan to get any closer than three the rest of the way.
Overall, Northwood hit .238 (40-16-101) for the match. Northern Michigan finished at .198 (38-17-106). The Timberwolves also finished with advantages in aces (5-2), digs (43-38) and block (7-5).
Rajic led the way for the Timberwolves, finishing with 15 kills on 20 swings (.650). She also added a team-best four blocks.
Northwood will travel to Grand Valley State Friday (November 9). First serve is set for 7 p.m.