The Golden Eagles will play four matches in the Upper Peninsula of the Great Lakes state.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team continues their 2018 slate as they head to Marquette, Mich., for the Wildcat Open.

    The Golden Eagles will play four matches in the Upper Peninsula of the Great Lakes state. Minnesota Crookston opens up play Fri., Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. at Vandement Arena versus Lake Superior State. The Golden Eagles will then face host school Northern Michigan University Fri., Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. in Marquette, Mich. On Saturday, Minnesota Crookston resumes play at the Wildcat Open at 8 a.m. against Northwood University. The Golden Eagles will conclude the tournament versus Michigan Tech University at 2 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 31 - Minnesota Crookston vs. Lake Superior State, 8 a.m., Marquette, Mich.

Fri., Aug. 31 - Minnesota Crookston at Northern Michigan, 12 p.m., Marquette, Mich.

Sat., Sept. 1 - Minnesota Crookston vs. Northwood, 8 a.m., Marquette, Mich.

Sat., Sept. 1 – Minnesota Crookston vs. Michigan Tech, 2 p.m., Marquette, Mich.

    Minnesota Crookston enters their second weekend of the season with a 1-3 record. The Golden Eagles will look to continue to improve and fine tune areas that they struggled with in their first week of play last weekend in Kenosha, Wis.

    The Golden Eagles have been led thus far by Deaira Gresham (So., OH, Maplewood, Minn.), who is averaging 3.63 kills per set and hitting .135 on the season. Porsha Porath (Fr., OH, Windom, Minn.) is tallying 2.60 kills per set and hitting .094, while Sabrina Leuer (R-Jr., OH, Hamel, Minn.) notched 2.00 kills per set with a .169 hitting percentage.

    At middle hitter, Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Jr., MH, St. Charles, Minn.) had a strong debut as she averaged 1.75 kills per set and hit .263.

    Sydney Kruisselbrink (So., S, Rochester, Minn.) played her first extensive minutes of her career as she started at setter in all four matches last weekend. Kruisselbrink tallied 8.00 assists per set and helped the offense to 10.3 kills per set and a .144 hitting percentage.

    Defensively, Ali Schueler (R-Jr., DS/Lib., Howards Grove, Wis.) started at libero in all four matches. Schueler led the defense by tallying 3.88 digs per set. The defense averaged 16.7 digs per set and limited opponents to a .175 hitting percentage. An area for Minnesota Crookston to improve comes with their serve-receive as they had 34 receiving errors in the four matches last weekend.

    In addition to Schueler, Lauren Ulibarri (Jr., DS/Lib., Flagstaff, Ariz.) tallied 3.06 digs per set. On the block, Minnesota Crookston was paced by the 0.73 block assists from Lauren Wallace (R-Fr., OH, Blomington, Minn.)

Lake Superior State

    The Lakers went 0-4 in their opening weekend as they competed in a tournament at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

    Lake Superior State averaged 9.7 kills per set in their first weekend of play. The Lakers were guided by outside hitter Amanda Reid, who averaged 2.56 kills per set. Kelly Walter notched 2.00 kills per set, while Kyra Vezina averaged 1.56 kills per set.

    At setter, Lake Superior State ran a 6-2 system with Halle Grulke averaging 6.20 assists per set, while Lauren Lukasik notched 5.75 assists per set.

    Defensively, the Lakers looked to 4.31 digs per set from Paige Gotham, while Mikala Williams notched 4.00 digs per set. Bethany Wilson paced the block with 0.57 blocks per set.

Northern Michigan

    Northern Michigan enters the weekend with a 4-0 record. The Wildcats are led by Maggie Liebeck’s 3.31 kills per set and .404 hitting percentage. Leticia Antunes also had a strong offensive weekend with 3.13 kills per set, while Autumn Monsma tallied 3.13 kills per set.

    At setter, Lynzi Svoboda paced the Wildcats with 10.31 assists per set. She helped lead her squad to 13.6 kills per set and a .225 hitting percentage.

    Defensively, Northern Michigan looks to Rachel Braunschweig’s 4.13 digs per set, while Antunes is averaging 3.25 digs per set. The Wildcat block has relied on 0.88 blocks per set from Sarah Kuehn.


    Northwood comes into the weekend with a 1-3 record on the season. The Timberwolves are averaging 11.9 kills per set. Northwood is guided by Meredith Collins’ 3.14 kills per set, while Mackenzie Kepler is tallying 2.79 kills per set. Colleen Mayer comes into the weekend averaging 1.93 kills per set.

    At setter, Macy Lintz leads the team with 10.4 assists per set while guiding her squad to a .144 hitting percentage.

    Defensively, Northwood has been led by Brenna Murphy’s 3.67 digs per set. She has led the team to 17.4 digs per set through the first four games. In addition, Collins is notching 3.57 digs per set, while Kepler is averaging 3.36 digs per set. The blocks for the Timberwolves has been paced by 0.73 blocks per set from Meyer and Mary Gallegher.

Michigan Tech

    Michigan Tech enters the second weekend of the season with a 3-1 mark.

    The Huskies are guided by Olivia Ghormley’s 4.35 kills per set. Anna Jonynas comes in averaging 3.06 kills per set, while Mariah Sherman is averaging 2.94 kills per set.

    At setter, Michigan Tech is guided by Laura DeMarchi’s 12.20 assists per set.

    Defensively, the Huskies are led by Megan Utlak’s 4.71 digs per set, while Jonynas is tallying 4.12 digs per set. The Michigan Tech block is guided by Rachel Ping and Mariah Sherman’s 0.65 blocks per set.