OVERVIEW – Wayne State
SCORE: Wayne State Warriors 3, Northwood Timberwolves 2 (25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 24-26, 15-12)
RECORDS: Wayne State (11-8, 6-5 GLIAC), Northwood (6-13, 3-8 GLIAC)
LOCATION: Riepma Arena – Midland, Mich.
RECAP: Northwood comeback falls short in five-set loss to Wayne State (October 6).
INSIDE THE MATCH
- The first set was tight early on as the teams split the first 14 points. From there, Wayne State started to string points together, scoring 18 of the next 26 points to win the opener 25-15. Northwood came out of the gates with a .061 (10-8-33) rate, while WSU dominated to the tune of a .464 (14-1-28) killing percentage.
- The second stanza provided more back-and-forth action early on, as both teams played to an 11-11 tie. The Timberwolves would finally fight their way to a multi-point lead later in the set at 19-17 before Wayne State knotted the game back up at 20. With the score tied 23-23, WSU earned the final two points to close out at 25-23 win for a 2-0 lead. Northwood bounced back with a line score of .182 (12-4-44), while Wayne State came back a bit at .149 (15-8-47) mark.
- NU started off strong in the third set, scoring 10 of the first 16 points to take an early lead. WSU soon made their move and went on a 10-4 run to go up 16-14 past the halfway mark. The Warriors were up 22-20 when the Timberwolves responded, scoring five of the final six points to take the set 25-23. NU posted their best line of the day at .226 (13-6-31), while the Warriors ended at .030 (9-8-33).
- After trailing 3-0 to open the fourth, Northwood rattled off six consecutive scores to lead 6-3. Wayne State took their turn and rebounded with an 11-5 run to regain their edge at 14-11. Down 18-14 later in the set, the Timberwolves dug deep, scoring five of the next six points to tie the contest again at 19. The two teams traded points, moving to a 24-24 tie and in turn a win-by-two scenario. Northwood capped the comeback with two consecutive scores, setting up a thrilling winner-take-all fifth set. NU held tough with a line of .154 (12-6-39), while Wayne State ended up at .023 (12-11-25).
- The Timberwolves rode their emotional high to a 6-3 start in an up-to-15 fifth set. The Warriors soon fought back with a 8-3 run to tip the scales in their favor at 11-9. Northwood pulled to within one at 13-12, but the comeback magic would run out. Wayne State scored the next two points to take the match. NU finished the set at .200 (6-3-15), and WSU countered with an equal percentage of .200 (10-5-25).
- HITTING: Wayne State .153 (60-33-177), Northwood .160 (53-27-162)
- DIGS: Wayne State 74, Northwood 71 (Brenna Murphy – 10)
- BLOCKS: Wayne State 7, Northwood 15 (Mary Gallagher – 14)
- ACES: Wayne State 5, Northwood 3 (Mackenzie Kepler, Brenna Murphy, Nadia Atton – 1 each)
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Venera Kadriu: 16 kills, 15 digs, 2 blocks, 17.0 points
- Mary Gallagher: 8 kills, 14 blocks, 15.5 points
- Mackenzie Kepler: 13 kills, 11 digs, 2 blocks, 15.0 points
- Gallagher's 14 blocks are the most for a Northwood player in the rally scoring era of volleyball, which dates back to 2001. It also stands as the most blocks for any player in Division II in a match this season – three players had 13 blocks prior to today.
- The match featured 44 ties and 15 lead changes.
- Northwood will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana Friday-Saturday (October 12-13) for the Midwest Regional Crossover. Match times are TBA.