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Women's Volleyball

Ten NCAA Appearances 1994 GLIAC Champions

PREVIEW: Huskies travel to St. Cloud State for Tournament

PREVIEW: Huskies travel to St. Cloud State for Tournament
HUSKIES CLASSIC
Date Thursday-Saturday, Sept 12-14, 2019
Location Halenbeck Hall (St. Cloud, Minn.)
Schedule Tournament Website
Video Stream St. Cloud State Match only
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THIS WEEK'S NOTES 

THIS WEEK'S MATCHES
• No. 21 Michigan Tech travels to St. Cloud, Minnesota for the Best Western Kelly Inn Huskies Volleyball Classic.
• Tech will play No. 6 Minnesota Duluth Thursday, Bemidji State and host St. Cloud State Friday, and Minnesota Crookston Saturday.

AVCA RANKING
• Tech is ranked No. 21 in this week's AVCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
• The Huskies received votes in the preseason poll and were ranked in five polls in 2018. The Black and Gold spent two weeks at No. 24 and three at No. 25 last season.
• Tech's No. 20 ranking is the highest for the Huskies since 1997 when they checked in at No. 17.

GLIAC NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Olivia Ghormley was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week.
• Ghormley led the GLIAC with a 4.29 kills per set average on the weekend.
• She was named the Keweenaw Classic All-Tournament Team after racking up 60 kills with a .320 hitting percentage and 41 percent kill percentage on the weekend.
• She was the only player in the entire league to hit over .300 and have over four kills per set and had the highest hitting percentage (.320) in the GLIAC among attackers who had over 100 attempts.
• She also had the second-most points per set on the weekend (4.4) in the North Division and third-most in the whole league.
• Ghormley was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week three times in 2018.

KEWEENAW CLASSIC
• Tech hosted the Country Inn & Suites Keweenaw Classic last weekend with 16 matches between eight teams.
• The Huskies went 3-1, sweeping No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State Thursday and Mary and Minnesota Crookston on Friday. The lone loss was to Upper Iowa in five sets Saturday.
Olivia Ghormley (60 kills) and Anna Jonynas (45) led the offense with Ghormley averaging 4.29 kills per set.
Laura De Marchi averaged 11.07 assists per set, totaling 155 on the weekend.
Megan Utlak (65 digs), Jonynas (55 digs), and Emilia Widen (8 blocks) led the defense.
• Upper Iowa went undefeated with Anna Winter of the Peacocks earning Tournament MVP honors.

LAST MEETINGS
• Minnesota Duluth – Tech swept No. 1-ranked UMD on August 31, 2018 at the NMU Wildcat Open. It was the program's first win over the top-ranked team.
• Bemidji State – The Huskies swept the Beavers on the same day they took down UMD.
• St. Cloud State – Tech lost in five to SCSU at the Wildcat Open in 2018, falling 15-8 in the fifth set.
Crookston – The Huskies swept UMC last weekend at the Keweenaw Classic on Friday evening.

STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Laura De Marchi is third nationally in career assists per set (11.69)
Olivia Ghormley is fifth nationally in career kills per set (3.65)

PRESEASON GLIAC POLL
• In the 2019 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Huskies were second in the North Division with 57 points, including four first-place votes.
• Ferris State (61) was the top pick after its fifth straight GLIAC Championship last year. Saginaw Valley State (44), Northern Michigan (33), Northwood (22), and Lake Superior State (14) round out the North.
• Ashland (57) and Wayne State (43) were selected to lead the South Division followed by Grand Valley State (41), Davenport (39), Parkside (24), and Purdue Northwest (12).

COACH JENNINGS
• Head coach Matt Jennings enters his eighth season and has won 114 matches overall.
• Under Jennings, the Huskies have gone from the last place in the conference to nationally ranked and in the postseason.
• Jennings has coached the Huskies to back to NCAA tournament appearances in 2017 and 2018.
• He was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2017 and led the team to a program-record 10 straight wins to start the 2016 season.

LAST SEASON
The Huskies are coming off back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament and three straight second-place finishes in the GLIAC North Division. Tech has won 20 matches in back-to-back season, including the fourth-highest win total and third-fewest losses in a single-season with a 23-7 record in 2018. The Huskies also posted a mark of 14-2 in the GLIAC, the second most conference wins in program history, and the second-highest winning percentage against GLIAC competition in team history (.875).

AVCA ALL-AMERICANS
Outside hitter Olivia Ghormley (Third Team) and junior setter Laura De Marchi (Honorable Mention) were AVCA All-Americans a year ago. Both earned major league awards as Ghormley was the GLIAC Attacker of the Year and De Marchi the GLIAC Setter of the Year for the second straight season. Ghormley tallied 518 kills with an average of 4.58 per set to lead the GLIAC and rank sixth in the nation. De Marchi racked up 1,254 assists and averaged 11.72 per set to lead the league. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
• The GLIAC schedule starts on September 20 and 21 at Davenport and Grand Valley State.
• The GLIAC home-opener is Tuesday, September 24 versus Northern Michigan as part of a three-match week. The Huskies also host Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State that weekend.