MILWAUKEE, Wis.- The No. 25 University of Northern Iowa women's volleyball team fell to the No. 23 Michigan Wolverines 16-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-27, Saturday night in their second game of the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Amy Braun led the Panthers with 17 kills and 18 digs. Megan Lehman and Krista DeGeest both had 12 kills for UNI and Molly Turk recorded 45 assists.
The Panthers fell behind early in the first set and could not recover. Michigan went on to win the set 25-16.
The second set was a different story for the Panthers. With the Panthers ahead 5-4, a kill by Lehman and blocks by DeGeest, Lehman, and Turk helped UNI go on a 9-0 run to make the score 14-4. Michigan then answered with their own 12-5 run to bring the score to 19-16 at a UNI timeout. Michigan took advantage of several attack errors by the Panthers and tied the score at 20-20. Another attack error by the Panthers put Michigan ahead 21-20. but a service error by the Wolverines helped UNI tie it back up at 21-21. UNI then took the 22-21 lead after a Shelby Kintzel kill. Another attack error allowed Michigan to tie it up at 22-22. With the score ties at 23-23, a kill by DeGeest and a service ace helped the Panthers win the set 25-23.
The third set went similar as the first set for the Panthers. They were down 7-3 at their first timeout and could not keep up with Michigan after that. The Wolverines won the third set 25-17.
The Panthers took the early lead in the fourth set. With the score at 9-7 UNI, three straight kills from Michigan gave them the 10-9 lead. A kill from Braun helped the Panthers tie it up 10-10. Michigan then went on a 7-2 run to make it 17-12 Wolverines at a UNI timeout. UNI slowly started to chip away at Michigan's lead though and eventually tied it up at 24-24. A kill by Lehman gave the Panthers the 25-24 lead but then Michigan answered with a kill of their own to tie it up at 25-25. A kill by Lexi Erwin and a Panther attack error helped Michigan win the set 27-25 and the match 3-1.
UNI will play their last game of the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. when they take on Marquette.