The Michigan Tech volleyball team and sixth-year head coach Matt Jennings are looking to capitalize on their strengths this season featuring 13 home matches. The Huskies are poised to be competitive for their third consecutive winning season, finishing 10th in the Midwest Region and and will return with a group of 13 experienced team members.
Tech's top returners, seniors Elle Heinonen, Stephanie Deitrich and Lauren Emmert will supply the leadership for the Huskies. Heinonen, this season's captain, will return as the team's libero. She led the team in digs (454) and digs per set (3.78) and finished third in the GLIAC in total digs during conference play (286) averaging 4.4 digs per set.
Halie Hart will join Heinonen to set the tone for the defense. Emmert will remain an offensive powerhouse. The middle blocker secured 12th in the GLIAC in overall blocks, led the Huskies in blocks (92) and block per set (.79). Middle blocker, Dietrich, led the GLIAC in hitting percentage during conference play (.352), and is poised to contribute again this season.
Coach Jennings will rely on Mariel Leibovitz to control the pace as the team's setter. Leibovitz is a redshirt sophomore and will serve as a strong asset both offensively and in terms of running. Pin hitters Courtney Kurkie (Jr.), Mariah Sherman (Jr.) and MacAulay Petersen (So.) will all be key advantages to this talented group.
Tech kicks off its season with its first match at the Hillsdale Tournament (Aug. 31). Following the tournament, the Huskies will host seven home matches, which includes the Keweenaw Classic (Sep. 7-9). The Tech women will compete with four teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
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