Preview: Volleyball travels to NMU on Tuesday

Tuesday match
• Michigan Tech travels to Northern Michigan for its first GLIAC road game of the season.
• First service is set for 7 p.m. at the Vandament Arena.
• Tech is 7-4 and 1-3 in the GLIAC.
• The two teams will meet in Houghton on October 25.

• Tuesday’s match will be televised locally on FOX-UP. If the match goes past 8pm, the game will switch channels to Grit TV.
• TV6 and Fox-UP began broadcasting Tech’s rivalry with NMU during the 2013-14 season.

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• Michigan Tech fans can watch all home and conference games in volleyball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey with one subscription.
• GLIAC FloSports subscription costs $19.99 per month or $149.99 per year. Discounts are available for subscribers with a .edu email address.
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Scouting the opponent
• The Wildcats are 10-2 on the season and 3-1 in GLIAC play. Conference wins are over Grand Valley State, Davenport and Lake Superior State.
• NMU was picked sixth in the GLIAC Preseason Poll and received one first-place vote.
• Jacqueline Smith leads the GLIAC in kills per set (4.38) and Meghan Meyer leads the conference in hitting percentage (.492).
• Tech won both meetings last season over NMU in straight sets.

last weekend
• The Huskies completed a four-game homestand with a weekend split. Ferris State is 3-0 Friday and Tech rebounded for its 23rd straight victory over the Lakers at Lake Superior State on Saturday.
• Jillian Kuizenga (4.0 ppg) leads the offense, Olivia Heidl (10.3 a/s) sets up the offense and Carissa Beyer (4.5 ppg) leads the defense.

GLIAC statistical standards
• Janie Grindland is third in hitting percentage (.331).
• Lina Espejo-Ramirez is third in assists per set (9.3).
• Jillian Kuizenga ranks sixth in kills per set (3.14).
• Morgan Radtke is sixth in blocks per set (0.91).
• Carissa Beyer is seventh in digs per set (3.81).
• Grace Novotny is eighth in aces per set (0.44).

1,000 DGS
• Grace Novotny eclipsed 1,000 digs on Aug. 27 against Cal State Monterey Bay.
• It is currently at 1,048 Diffs.

GLIAC Player of the Week
• August 30 – Producer of the week – Lina Espejo-Ramirez

Hampton Inn All Tournament Team
• Jillian Kuizenga and Janie Grindland were named to the Hampton Invitational All-Tournament Team.
• Cuizenga led Tech’s offense in the tournament, averaging 3.2 kills while hitting .301. She added 10 blocks and nine digs. Grindland hit .470 and averaged 2 kills, 1.3 blocks per set, and 1.1 digs per set.

Otter’s all-tournament team
• Outside hitter Jillian Kuizenga was named MVP of the Cal State Monterey Bay Otter Invitational and was on the all-tournament team after hitting .265 with a 3.25 kills average over the weekend.
• Setter Lina Espejo-Ramirez and libero Carissa Beyer were also named to the all-tournament team. Espejo-Ramirez averaged 9.58 assists per set and 2.92 digs per set. Beyer led the Huskies’ defense with 3.8 digs per set.

• In the 2022 preseason coaches poll, the Huskies were ranked second in the GLIAC behind Grand Valley State.
• The Lakers had 68 points and the Huskies had 66 points. Wayne State was third with 64 points, while Ferris State (62) rounded out the top four. Davenport (55), Northern Michigan (48), Saginaw Valley State and Parkside (26) were also in the top eight. Lake Superior State and Purdue Northwestern were ninth and tenth.

Coach Jennings
• Head coach Matt Jennings is in his 10th season and has won 178 games overall.
• Under Jennings, the Huskies went from last place in the conference to nationally in the NCAA tournament.
• Jennings coached the Huskies to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2017-21.
• Was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2017 and led the team to a program-record 10-game winning streak to start the 2016 season.
• The 2021 spring team won the GLIAC regular season title for the second time in program history with the 2021 team repeating the feat in perfect form.

Training promotions
• Cindy Pindral was promoted to assistant head coach during the season.
• Head coach Matt Jennings has been added to the NCAA Women’s Volleyball National Committee and will represent the Midwest Region through September 2026.

Last season
• Tech finished the 2021 fall season with a 25-7 overall record and was ranked 22nd in the final AVCA Top 25 poll.
• The Huskies won the GLIAC regular season championship for the second straight season and third time in program history with a 14-1 conference record.
• The Black and Gold went to their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Midwest Regional semifinals for the fifth time in school history.

All-GLIAC returns
• Carissa Beyer – Fall 2021 All-GLIAC Second Team
• Janie Grindland – Spring 2021 All-GLIAC Second Team
• Jillian Kuizenga – Two-time All-GLIAC honorable mention

Upcoming schedule
• Tech finishes the week on the road at Purdue Northwestern on Friday and at Parkside on Saturday.
• The month ends at Lake Superior State (Sept. 30) and the five-game road trip ends at Ferris State (Oct. 30).

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