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NIU Volleyball Gets Four Votes in AVCA Top 25 Poll

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VBall Team UNILast week the Huskie volleyball team received six votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches Poll.  Following a 3-1 week of play on the road, NIU has remained in the AVCA coaches' minds as they received four votes this week.  Prior to last week's poll, the Huskies had not received votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll since 2001. 

WICINSKI & HOFFMAN MENTIONED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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NIU volleyball's Kristin Hoffman and Lauren Wicinski were both mentioned by the Chicago Tribune Tuesday for being named to the Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team.  Click the links for more info.

Angelos & Wicinski Go Abroad Today

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Wiz-Angelos Chronicle.jpgNIU volleyball sophomores Sarah Angelos and Lauren Wicinski are headed to Europe today.  The second-year duo will be traveling to Pula, Croatia, for the seventh annual European Global Challenge on July 17-22 as members of the USA Volleyball A2 Junior National Team.

Angelos and Wicinski will participate in a three-day training camp with Great Britain's Senior Women's National Team, which is set to compete in the 2012 London Olympics, before heading to the 2011 European Global Challenge to face some of the world's top national, collegiate and club teams.

Recently, the Daily Chronicle's Ryan Wood caught up with both Huskies before they left.  Click here to read today's article about Angelos and Wicinski's unique trip.

Also, be sure to come back to NIUHuskies.com in the upcoming weeks to see video footage of their trip.

Coached by Northern Illinois volleyball assistants Dan and Coley Pawlikowski, Huskie incoming freshmen Jess Lubic, Haley Norris and Emily Paschke led their Kane County Gold club team to a first place finish at the 2011 Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Ariz.  Most of the 64-team field was from volleyball hotbeds California, Arizona, Hawaii and Texas.

In the semifinals, KCG took down Club Troy, who is run by University of Southern California Coach Mick Haley.  Then KCG lost to Santa Monica Beach Club in the winner's bracket finals (18-25, 26-24, 15-17).  Since the tournament was double elimination, KCG had to play the next morning versus the loser's bracket's City Beach, from the bay area.  After defeating City Beach, KCG played Santa Monica again, and won in two sets (25-23, 25-15).  Because Santa Monica had yet to lose in the bracket, KCG had to play one more set to determine the championship, and won 25-22 to claim the prestigious title.

Congrats to the Pawlikowskis, Jess Lubic, Haley Norris and Emily Paschke!  
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"Swing Away" is their name and that's exactly what they did. NIU volleyball assistant coach Coley Pawlikowski (pictured on the left), who is the team captain, and her Swing Away girls went undefeated (10-0) over the weekend to win the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championship, avenging last year's second place finish. Hosted in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Convention Center, Pawlikowski and Co. took down the best of the best around the country from May 28-June4. Playing as the libero, Pawlikowski helped her team be the last one standing in the AA division, which was comprised of 19 of the best teams from all over the nation.

A former Huskie herself, Pawlikowski's team is composed of several other former NCAA Division I players from CSU San Bernardino, Dayton, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wake Forest.

USA Volleyball has hosted its annual championship tournament for 80 years and it's one of the largest national championships of all sports in the United States. For more information, visit the USA Volleyball website.

NIU volleyball incoming freshman MacKenzie Roddy was recently featured on TheBackSet.com as she is getting ready for Southern California Volleyball Association's Regionals with her club team, Rancho Valley Volleyball Club.  Click here to read the article.
Recently, Northern Illinois volleyball's Kristin Hoffman went on a community service tour with Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF).  During her week-long trip, the junior took NIUHuskies.com's Flip Cam with her to give Huskie fans a glimpse of her trek and the people she reached out to.

Most students like to get away and go wild on spring break.  But not Hoffman, who has been one of NIU's most community service-dedicated student-athletes.  For her spring break, Hoffman wanted to be involved with STLF because the organization's mission reflects her own personal values.  Founded in 2003, STLF's mission is to reveal leadership through service, relationships, and action.  Whether the setter is on or off the court, Hoffman displays those characterstics in community service trips, leading the NIU volleyball Relay For Life team and on the court as the captain of the offense.  The video below shows Hoffman in action, displaying such wonderful characteristics.

NIU Volleyball Spring Update #2

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The Northern Illinois volleyball team traveled to Madison, Wis. this past weekend to compete in Wisconsin's Spring Badger Invitational.  The Huskies split with Iowa (25-27, 25-14), split with UW-Milwaukee (21-25, 25-19), defeated Michigan Tech (26-24, 25-15), and fell to Minnesota (15-25, 19-25).

Amber Walker made her debut at libero against Wisconsin, joining the spring rotation at the position that also includes Sue Hayes and Justine Schepler.  Walker led the platoon with 20 digs on the weekend.

Lauren Wicinski contributed a team-best 21 kills over the four matches.  Allison McGlaughlin posted 16, while Meghan Romo and Sarah Angelos chipped in with 15 each.

NIU continues its spring schedule this Saturday at Northern Iowa.  The slate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa includes Drake, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, and South Dakota State.

NIU Volleyball Spring Update

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Last weekend, NIU hosted its annual Salvani Spring Play Date.  During the successful, undefeated run for NIU, the Huskies split against Lewis (25-21, 19-21) and beat the NIU Alumni Team twice (25-19, 25-13 and 25-22, 25-20), Loyola (25-16, 25-9), Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (25-19, 25-17), Winona State (25-23, 25-18).

Of the notable performances from the day, Amber Walker played significant time at outside hitter and passed the ball very well.  Sue Hayes and Justine Schepler platooned the libero spot well.  Meghan Romo played in all six rotations, scoring well out of the back row.  Mary Kurisch played solid all day as the main middle blocker and was a dominant physical presence.

The Huskies head to Madison, Wis., on Saturday to take on Iowa, Marquette, Michigan Tech, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and host Wisconsin.

MAC Volleyball Tournament Changes Location

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After six years of being held at Toledo's SeaGate Centre, the Mid-American Conference volleyball championship tournament will be held at Spire Sports Complex in Geneva, Ohio.  For more info on the switch, check out the MAC release.

SLUMBER PARTY AT THE CONVO

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Northern Illinois Athletics held a girl scout sleepover at the NIU Convocation Center last Saturday, and nearly 100 local girl scouts were able to take part in all the fun at the Convo. The girl scouts, who spent the night in Victor E. Court, played games, performed skits, and participated in arts and crafts, before winding down the night with a movie. NIU student-athletes from the women's basketball, women's soccer, track and field and volleyball teams even stopped by for a pizza party and games with the girl scouts.

Above is a video showing some of the activities these young ladies participated in during their night at the Convo. You can also check out these PHOTOS to catch all the fun the girl scouts had at their slumber party.

We at NIUHuskies.com would like to extend a special thanks to local girl scouts, troop leaders, Huskie student-athletes and NIU Staff who helped make the night a success for all involved!

2011 Volleyball Signee MacKenzie Roddy Featured on TV

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WIZ FEATURED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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NIU volleyball freshman standout Lauren Wicinski was featured in yesterday's Chicago Tribune.  The first ever Mid-American Conference Freshman and Player of the Year has been grabbing headlines all season long and continues to do so with her latest: She's Off to a Record Start at NIU.  Click here to read the online version of the story that ran in yesterday's paper.

ESPN TAKES NOTICE OF WIZ

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Any of NIU's opponents thus far, much of the Northern Illinois region, and the Mid-American Conference are well aware of the impact that freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) has had on the Huskies.  The leader in points, kills, and aces during NIU's school record 23-2 run ranks No. 1 in all three categories among freshman in the nation.  A few features have been done by local media outlets, but now, ESPN has taken notice, giving "Wiz" a shout-out in its weekly update on the college volleyball scene.  Here's the link, check it out.

SUNDANCE LEARNS A NEW SPORT

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Sundance Wicks, men's basketball assistant and man of the world, learns some new tricks on the volleyball court, courtesy of Coley and Dan Pawlikowski. The Pawlikowski's are assistant coaches for the NIU volleyball team, which is currently tearing up the competition with a 23-2 record. Boom. Shaka. Laka.

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