TOLEDO – Northern Illinois' defensive presence at the net proved to be too much for Toledo to overcome on Friday evening in the Rockets' 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21) setback to the Huskies (17-12, 8-5 MAC) in Savage Arena.
The visitors registered 18 blocks throughout the contest and limited UT to a .171 attack percentage, while posting a .225 ATK% of their own.
Junior OH Lauren Rafdal topped Toledo (8-18, 2-11 MAC) with a match-high 19 kills to go along with 16 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Junior OH Jordan Kielty also was in double digits for the Rockets with 13 terminations to go along with 13 digs for her third double-double.
Freshman libero Celina Diaz led UT defensively with 22 digs, while junior MB Dakota Harkins tallied a team-high three blocks.
Senior OH Meghan Romo led a balanced Huskies' attack with 14 kills. She was joined in double figures by sophomore OH MacKenzie Roddy (12 kills) and senior MB Mary Kurisch. Junior MB Sarah Angelos and Kurisch led NIU defensively with eight blocks apiece.
Toledo wraps up its 2012 home campaign on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. vs. MAC West Division leader Western Michigan.