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Women's Volleyball

Ten NCAA Appearances 1994 GLIAC Champions

PREVIEW: Volleyball hosts Wayne State and Ashland

PREVIEW: Volleyball hosts Wayne State and Ashland
WAYNE STATE & ASHLAND
Date Friday, Oct. 11 | Saturday, Oct. 12
Location SDC Gym (Houghton, Mich.)
Video Stream Wayne State | Ashland
Live Stats Wayne State | Ashland
Radio (Saturday) Mix 93 WKMJ | Pasty.net
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THIS WEEK'S MATCHES
• Michigan Tech hosts GLIAC South Division opponents Wayne State and Ashland this weekend at the SDC Gym. Friday's match against the Warriors is at 5 p.m. and first serve Saturday with the Eagles is 4 p.m.
• The Huskies are 11-4 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC. Tech is tied with Ferris State and Ashland at the top of the GLIAC Standings.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
• Wayne State is 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the GLIAC. The GLIAC wins are over Purdue Northwest, Grand Valley State, and Lake Superior State. The Warriors are currently third in the GLIAC South and sixth overall after being picked second in the South in the preseason. Taylor Wagner leads the Warriors offense, averaging 3.27 kills per set.
• Ashland is 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC. The lone loss was to Saginaw Valley State last weekend. Before the loss the Eagles had won nine straight. AU was the top pick in the South in the preseason coaches' poll. Erin Krupar leads the offense with 3.83 kills per set to rank third in the GLIAC. McKinley Smith digs up 4.52 balls per set and Zoey Peck averages 11.63 assists per set. Ashland plays at Northern Michigan Friday.

AT HOME
• The Huskies are 6-1 at the SDC Gym this season with all six wins being sweeps. The lone loss was to current No. 18 Upper Iowa.
• Tech finished 7-1 at home in 2018.

LAST MEETINGS
• The Huskies defeated the Warriors in five sets last year in Detroit after being down 2-0. Olivia Ghormley had a match-high 26 kills and Megan Utlak (23) and Anna Jonynas (22) both had over 20 digs. Tech swept WSU in 2017 in Houghton.
• Tech won in five last year in Ashland, coming back from a 2-0 deficit and winning 17-15 in the fifth. Olivia Ghormley had 25 kills, Laura De Marchi racked up 62 assists, and Megan Utlak tallied 27 digs. The Huskies swept the Eagles in 2017 at the SDC.

AVCA RANKING
• Tech received votes in this week's AVCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll, ranking 28th nationally.
• The Huskies were ranked No. 21 on September 10 and received votes in the preseason poll.
• Tech was ranked in five polls in 2018. The Black and Gold spent two weeks at No. 24 and three at No. 25 last season.

STATISTICAL RANKINGS
• Tech is second in the GLIAC in kills per set (13.98), points per set (16.9), assists per set (13.06), and third in digs per set (17.31)
• The Huskies are 15th nationally in kills per set (13.98)
Laura De Marchi is third nationally in career assists per set (11.75) and fourth amongst setters in all three divisions.
Olivia Ghormley is sixth nationally in career kills per set (3.72)
Emilia Widen leads the GLIAC in hitting percentage (.354)
• De Marchi leads the GLIAC in assists per set (11.84)
• De Marchi is seventh in the nation in overall assists per set (11.84)
• Ghormley is second in the GLIAC in kills per set this season (4.18), ranking 16th in the nation
• Ghormley leads the GLIAC in points per set in conference matches (4.8)

3,000 ASSISTS
Junior setter Laura De Marchi became the fourth player in program history to tally 3,000 assists. She currently has 591 assists on the season and 3,055 for her career.

UPCOMING MILESTONES
• Junior Megan Utlak is closing in on 1,000 career digs and currently has 954
• Junior MacAulay Petersen has 863.5 career points and 817 career kills
• Junior Anna Jonynas is also closing in on 1,000 digs and is currently at 908

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The 6-0 GLIAC start was the best for the Huskies in over 20 years.
• Tech is 20-0 in the GLIAC against teams other than Ferris since the start of last season.
• The Huskies are 32-7 in conference play since the start of 2017 with losses only to Ferris State, Grand Valley State, and Northern Michigan.

LAST WEEK
• Tech split its weekend downstate. The Huskies won their seventh straight with a 3-0 sweep at Northwood on Friday. No. 16 Ferris State handed Tech its first GLIAC loss of the season Saturday.
Olivia Ghormley (28 kills) and MacAulay Petersen (21 kills) led the offense with Ghormley averaging 4 kills per set. Laura De Marchi averaged 12.29 assists per set, totaling 86 assists on the weekend and eclipsing 3,000 for her career. Megan Utlak (32 digs), Anna Jonynas (28 digs), and Rachel Ping (6 blocks) led the defense.

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
• Tech is 1-4 versus the current top 25. The Huskies defeated Southwest Minnesota State and fell against Upper Iowa, St. Cloud State, Minnesota Duluth, and Ferris State.

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 122 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 Huskies travel to Indianapolis for the annual Midwest Region Crossover next weekend (Oct. 18-19). Tech will play three matches.
• The month wraps up at Parkside and Purdue Northwest on October 25-26.