Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Coates Breaks Program Rally Record with 37 Digs in 3-1 Loss at NIU

DeKalb, Ill. - Senior libero Jenna Coates set a program record for digs in a four-set match Saturday night, but Central Michigan was unable to come away with a victory over Northern Illinois. 

The Chippewas (7-9, 1-3 MAC) fell to the Huskies (11-7, 3-1 MAC) in four sets 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 30-32 on Saturday.

The Maroon and Gold struggled to find rhythm offensively as the Huskies jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead in the first set. The Chippewas battled back scoring six-straight points forcing NIU to take a timeout.

Northern Illinois took control and did not look back for the rest of the set, cruising to a 25-21 win.

Outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre swung the momentum to the Chippewas after starting the second set with a kill. The junior led CMU with 26 kills and added 15 digs on the night.

The Chippewas scored nine-straight points to take a 16-11 lead. A NIU attacking error forced the Huskies to take a timeout, and it was all CMU the rest of the way. The Maroon and Gold finished off the second set after another McIntyre kill, taking the 25-22 victory.

It was all NIU in the third set, as CMU was not able to gain the lead after trailing early 10-3. A struggling offense and several errors led to NIU taking the third set, 25-20.

The fourth set was a battle between the two squads but the Huskies came away victorious in the set 32-30 and on the evening, 3-1.

Junior setter Danie Thompson had 39 assists on the night.

The Chippewas are back in action on Thursday when they head to Ypsilanti to take on Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m.