The Northwood University volleyball team advanced to the finals of the GLIAC Tournament Saturday afternoon (November 17) with a 3- 0 win over Ashland. Set scores were 25-20, 26-24, 25-23.
Northwood is now 25-6 overall. Ashland falls to 23-8.
All three sets were close throughout, only to see the Timberwolves earn the key points down the stretch to earn the win. The opening set was tied 18-18, but Northwood responded by rattling off seven of the final nine points to win the set 25-20. NU hit .250 (14-5-36), compared to .158 for the Eagles (12-6-38).
The second set saw Ashland earn a set point at 24-23, but once again Northwood came up with the big points down the stretch to earn the win. NU scored the final three points to win 26-24. Neither team hit particularly well in the set – Northwood hit .104 (15-10-48) compared to .025 (8-7-40) for Ashland.
Ashland was on the verge of cutting the lead down to 2-1, leading 22-20 late. But after a Northwood timeout, the Timberwolves took control. NU scored five of the final points, capped by a Tatjana Rajic (Belgrade, Serbia) ace to clinch the victory.
For the match, Northwood hit .174 (39-18-121), compared to .115 for Ashland (36-22-121). Northwood finished with a 37-33 advantage in digs and a 7-5 edge in aces.
GLIAC Player of the Year Juliia Pakhomenko (Donetsk, Ukraine) led the way for the Timberwolves. She had 13 kills and 10 digs to go along with two blocks.
Northwood will take on Grand Valley State in the GLIAC Tournament finals Sunday (November 18) at 3 p.m. The Lakers earned a 3-1 win over Wayne State in the other semifinal Saturday.