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Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 10:18 am | Updated: 10:31 am, Wed Oct 4, 2017.

Wayne State’s volleyball team (9-6, 5-2 GLIAC) lost to Northern Michigan on Sept. 29 to end a five-game winning streak for the Warriors.

In the first set, the Warriors came out strong and scrappy. Setter Natalie Breault served the ball and it was returned out of bounds, and Madelyn Krenz had a kill that brought the crowd to its feet.

On the next big rally for the Warriors, the referee missed an out-of-bounds call after the ball went outside of the antenna, causing WSU to lose the rally. The following serve from a Northern player went straight into the net, proving the theory that “the ball doesn’t lie.” The Warriors won the first set 25-20, and things seemed to be going their way.

The second set saw far more balls hit the Warriors side of the floor.

“They [Northern] are one of the top teams in the country for blocking,” said Head Coach Tim Koth.

It showed. Northern won the second set, 25-20.

Outside hitter, Hailey Richardson, struggled with passing during the first set but seemed to snap right out of it for the remainder of the match, coming in clutch with kill after kill for the warriors.

“It was the mental aspect,” said Richardson. “After the first set, I just thought to myself ‘serve to me, I can pass.’”

The Warriors fell behind early in the third set. Northern seemed to block almost every ball that was hit, and the Warriors looked defeated even before they were.

“You have to have momentum and drive,” said middle Michelle Asiedu. “You can’t let people walk all over you especially when it’s on your home court.”

The Warriors lost 25-16 in the third set but did not let Northern walk all over them in the fourth. The final set featured four ties but it finished in favor of Northern, giving them the victory overall three sets to one.

“Teams that are good have less swings in momentum,” said Koth. “It was a good match for us, not a great match.”

“They’re a great blocking team and we played well,” said Richardson. “It’ll be a great match next time.”

The Warriors return to the court Oct. 6 when they travel to Northwood.

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