AURORA, ILL. – The Northwood University volleyball team picked up a pair of wins on the second day of the Midwest Region Crossover Tournament Saturday afternoon (October 17). The Timberwolves defeated William Jewell 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-19) before downing Illinois-Springfield 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18).
Northwood is now 8-12 on the season.
In the William Jewell match, both teams lost significant leads in the opening two sets. In the first set, the Timberwolves were up 21-16, only to see WJC score nine of the final 11 points to earn the lead. Then in set two, the Cardinals were up 11-4 early on. Northwood then dominated the action the rest of the set, scoring 21 of the final 30 points. Included in that run was NU scoring the final seven points to level the match 1-1. The Timberwolves went on to control the third and the fourth sets to earn the win
Northwood hit .193 for the match (45-17-145) while holding William Jewell to a .065 mark (38-28-153). NU finished with a 76-72 edge in digs and an 11-7 advantage in blocks.
Meghan Cleary (Howell, Mich./Farmington Hills Mercy) led the way for Northwood, finishing with 12 kills, 11 digs and four blocks. Colleen Mayer (Troy, Mich./Avondale) had eight kills, three blocks and a .438 attack percentage. Kiana Martinez (Hubbard, Ohio) led all players with 25 digs.
Northwood controlled the UIS match essentially from the start. Illinois-Springfield never led by more than two points in the match and finished with a .055 attack percentage overall (22-17-91). NU ended up at .228 overall (43-20-101).
Mayer finished up her big weekend by having 11 kills and a .588 attack percentage (11-1-17). Krysta Kramer (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) had 10 kills, while Sydney Greulich (Kitchener, Ontario/St. Mary's) had seven kills and a .417 attack percentage (7-2-12).
Northwood will travel to Malone Friday night (October 23). That match will get under way at 7 p.m.