general | September 26
DeKALB, Ill. – Eight Northern Illinois University teams compete this week. Women’s golf kicks off when they compete in the Johnie Imes Invitational Monday through Wednesday. Volleyball looks to extend its winning streak to seven when they host Western Michigan on Tuesday night. Men’s soccer heads to Madison to face Wisconsin on Wednesday night, while women’s soccer has a road trip at Ball State on Thursday. Women’s tennis kicks off its season Friday through Sunday at the MSU Spartan Invitational. Volleyball gets a quick turnaround as they head to Buffalo for a two-day doubleheader. Cross country travels south for the Live in Louisville Classic on Saturday and football takes on Ball State on the road on Saturday. Men’s golf concludes the week Sunday through Monday at the Marquette Intercollegiate.
Saturday, October 1: at Ball State, 1 p.m. – ESPN+ | live audio | live stats
The NIU soccer team kicks off its MAC title defense on Saturday when it travels to Ball State in the Battle for the Bronze Stalk. The Huskies regained the Bronze Stalk last season after John Richardson’s 32-yard field goal as time expired gave NIU a 30-29 lead over the Cardinals. NIU carried #8 Kentucky all the way last week, but lost to the Wildcats 31-23. The defense held Kentucky to less than 100 rushing yards and he had five sacks in the game. Linebacker Daveren Rayner was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after having 10 tackles, including a sack, against Kentucky. Punt Tom Foley earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors after averaging more than 47 yards per punt with three inside the 20-yard line. A full preview will be available on NIHUskies.com later in the week.
Tuesday, September 27: vs. Western Michigan, 6 p.m. – ESPN+ | live stats
Friday, September 30: in Buffalo, 6 p.m. – ESPN+ | live stats
Saturday, October 1: in Buffalo, 1 pm – Live Video | live stats
Riding their longest winning streak since 2016, the NIU volleyball team looks to keep their momentum going as they host West Michigan on Tuesday night at Victor E. Court. The game, which will air live on ESPN+, kicks off at 6 pm The Huskies are coming off a two-win weekend after hosting the Akron Zips last Friday and Saturday. NIU swept the Zips in straight sets in each match to improve to 9-3 overall. Charli Atiemo led the Huskies on offense with 23 kills (3.83/set) in the two games, while Sammi Lockwood was strong on the defensive end of the court after posting nine blocks (1.5/set). Ella Mihacevich recorded 66 assists (11/set) and extended her 30-plus assist streak to 10 in a row.
Sunday and Monday, October 2 and 3: at Marquette Intercollegiate – Live Scoring
NIU Men’s Golf returns to action October 2-3 at Marquette Intercollegiate at Milwaukee Country Club. Sophomore Ben Sluzas was the top-ranked Huskies at last weekend’s William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in New Mexico, tied for 45th. After an opening round 78, Sluzas won back-to-back rounds of par 72 to finish with six in the tournament. Four of Sluzas’ five rounds to start the season have been at or below. Luc Warnock and Tommy Dunsire finished in the top 30 at last year’s Marquette Intercollegiate in Erin Hills.
Wednesday, September 28: in Wisconsin, 7 pm – BTN+ | live stats
Sunday, October 2: in Akron, 6 pm – ESPN+ | live stats
A couple of away games await the NIU men’s soccer team this week as they travel to Wisconsin on Wednesday (September 28) and Akron on Sunday (October 2). The Huskies enter the week with a 3-3-2 record after suffering a setback on the road in West Michigan in their conference opener last Friday (Sept. 28). Wednesday’s game against Wisconsin is the first regular-season meeting between the Huskies and Badgers since 2010. Wisconsin enters the game with a 3-4 record under first-year head coach Neil Jones. Akron is 4-2-2 overall after falling to Penn State, 1-0, on Sunday (Sept. 25), the Zips entered last week ranked 15th in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings.
Thursday, September 29: at Ball State, 3 pm – ESPN+ | live stats
Sunday October 2: vs. Central Michigan, 1 pm – Live Video | live stats
Coming off a 2-0 victory in Toledo on Sunday (Sep 25), the NIU women’s soccer team will be back on the road on Thursday afternoon (Sep 29) as it travels to Ball State. Kierah Meier and Reegan Kingpavong each found the back of the net and Deighton Wamer made six saves in a shutout win over the Rockets. The Huskies improved to 4-3-2 with the win at Toledo, all four of NIU’s wins this season have come on the road. Ball State enters Thursday’s game with an overall record of 2-3-4, including a 1-0-1 mark in conference play. After the trip to Muncie, NIU returns home to host Central Michigan on Sunday (Oct. 2), the Chippewas are currently 1-6-2, 0-1-1 in the league.
Saturday, October 1: at Live in Louisville Classic – Live Video | live results
The NIU cross country team will head to Louisville, Ky., on Saturday (Oct. 1) to compete in the 21st annual Live in Lou Cross Country Classic at EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park. One of the largest meets in the country, the Live in Lou Classic features six different varsity races, with three men’s and three women’s competitions. The Huskies will race in the women’s gold race, scheduled to start at 9:15 am Last time, two Huskies finished in the top 10 at the Tom Hoffman Invitational, Brooke Valentine clinching a sixth-place finish while Joy Jackson claimed ninth.
Monday-Wednesday, September 26-28: At the Johnie Imes Invitational – Live Scoring
Women’s golf continues its fall season at the Johnie Imes Invitational September 26-28 at the Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo. The team is coming off a 33-out-of-885 performance at the Coeur D’Alene Collegiate Invitational where Jasmine Ly paced the team at 5 over 128 and tied at 21St.. Last year, the Huskies took seventh place out of a 14-team field at The Johnie Imes Invitational. Ly tied for fourth and went 4-under 212 to lead NIU.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30–Oct. 1: at the MSU Spartan Invitational
Coach eric burnsThe team opens the fall tournament season at the MSU Spartan Invitational with nine players traveling to East Lansing to compete in the tournament against players from Michigan, Notre Dame, DePaul and host Michigan State, as well as foes MAC Toledo. , Bowling Green and Western. Michigan, among others. The Huskies posted a 17-11 doubleheader record last spring for their most doubleheader wins in 31 years and not return as a senior in 2022-23. The veteran group is led by juniors Diana Lukyanova (Moscow, Russia) and Anastasia Rakita (Moscow, Russia) and sophomore Erika Dimitriev (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/North Toronto Collegiate), while the class newcomer signatory: McKenna Chudy (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS), Lauren Littell (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS), Jenna Horne (Glenview, IL- Glenbrook South HS), Isabella Righi (Palma de Mallorca , Spain/IES Center De Tecnificacio Esportiva IB) and Nataly Miroslavova Ninova (Palma de Mallorca, Spain- IES Center De Tecnificacio Esportiva IB) – ranked 36th nationally according to Tennisrecruiting.net last spring. A summary of the tournament action will be posted on NIHUskies.com on Sunday.