Jul 02

What is a “RED RIOT”?

“Red Riot” is the student organization of athletic supporters from Northern Illinois University who come together in force (like a “riot”, albeit in a fun way!), to support NIU and the NIU athletes.  The group are known for “over the top” ways of showing their support from painted faces, crazy-wild costumes, and just about anything else fun that will demonstrate school spirit. Red Riot will always be there to demonstrate NIU student support for all our athletes in a variety of sports.

Sep 15

NIU quarterback Drew Hare excels in first start

LAS VEGAS – Saturday was a change of pace for Northern Illinois quarterback Drew Hare.

Sep 11

Huskies linebacker Lemon back in big way

Huskies’ Lemon has academic affairs in order

Sep 10

Hare earns MAC honor

Northern Illinois sophomore quarterback Drew Hare, who was named NIU’s starting QB earlier this week, was named Mid-American Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

Sep 09

Mackenzie Roddy named candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Mackenzie Roddy

Mackenzie Roddy

Northern Illinois University volleyball’s Mackenzie Roddy was named a candidate Tuesday for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Roddy is one of 30 candidates for the national award and one of only two from the Mid-American Conference.

“It’s awesome,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “The honor is a reflection of her career on the court, in the classroom and in the community. It’s just great for her to be considered and for our program to be considered.”

A native of San Bernardino, Calif., Roddy has played in 105 matches and 378 sets in her career with the Huskies. She has accumulated 1,121 kills in her career, making her the 21st player in NIU history to eclipse the 1,000-kill mark and 23rd in the NCAA’s active career leaders. In NIU’s career record books, Roddy is eighth in attack attempts (3,409), 15th in kills/set (2.97) and 18th in points/set (3.42).

So far this season, she ranks second in the MAC with 4.00 kills/set. Among her top performances so far include 29 kills against Colorado, along with 15 kills and a .483 attack percentage against Tennessee. Roddy was named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week and the MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 1 and Sept. 3, respectively.

“It’s a huge honor,” Roddy said. “It wasn’t really on my radar, but it’s great to be recognized as a candidate for this award.

Senior CLASS Award logo“Volleyball is a good priority for us all, but in the classroom and outside of volleyball is where you’ll be successful in life. What you do in the classroom is where you will end up in life and what skills you might need. There’s that and being in the community, expanding yourself.”

In the classroom, Roddy maintains a 3.938 GPA as a business management major. In addition, she earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC Team following her sophomore and junior seasons. She has also been an NIU Victory Scholar each of her three season by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Off campus, Roddy has accumulated 30 community service hours during her career at NIU. In addition, she also volunteered this past summer at the FIVB World League matches in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

For more information on NIU volleyball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

Sep 07

Stingily makes most of his chances in first game back

There were bigger plays.

Sep 07

Hare leads NIU past Northwestern

EVANSTON – It was a game of musical chairs involving Northern Illinois quarterbacks at Northwestern Saturday, a 23-15 Huskie win, their third straight over a Big Ten team and first against either in-state opponents Northwestern or Illinois.

Sep 02

MAC football notes: SEC trekking north

The Southeastern Conference will be coming to Mid-American Conference territory this weekend.

Aug 31

Huskies drop a pair

DeKALB — The Northern Illinois University’s women’s volleyball team faced a reality check on the second day of the NIU Invitational. Two teams from two power conferences came into the Convention Center to face the Huskies in two competitive matches. 

Aug 29

NIU men’s soccer looks to bounce back after lackluster season

Head coach Eric Luzzi and the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team are not going to shy away from the down year they dealt with last season.

Aug 26

Volleyball Preview: NIU roster sports only 3 upperclassman

DeKALB – In college sports, the makeup of a team goes in cycles.

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