GRAND FORKS, N.D. – After dropping its first five matches in a row to open the 2007 season, the Northern Michigan University volleyball team is on a roll as they have now won three straight. The Wildcats defeated Chadron State (31-29, 30-25, 30-22) and Minnesota-Crookston (30-22, 30-20, 30-24) on the second day of the North Dakota Fall Tourney. NMU is now 3-5 on the season.
Three ‘Cats were over the 10 kill mark against Chadron. Katt Garvick led the way with 17 kills. Caryn VanBeckum and Breanne Zaremba contributed with 15 and 10 kills respectively. As a team NMU had 58 kills in 157 attempts for a hitting percentage of .204. Brittany McGowan continues with her hot hand as she had 52 of the 54 assists for the match. Cassie Osiecki had a match-high 23 digs to go along with her three service aces. Zaremba added 16 digs while Megan Elliott had 10. The ‘Cats had eight block assists as Zaremba, VanBeckum, Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy and Garvick all had two each.
Garvick had 15 of the 43 kills (115 attempts) in the second match of the day against Crookston. The ‘Cats as a team hit .209 percent for the match. McGowan passed the rock 34 times to take match honors for assists. Osiecki added 16 digs while teammate Zaremba chipped in with 14. The ‘Cats recorded 14 block assists as Andersen-Goldsworthy led the way with five for match honors.
NMU will play in its third tournament in a row next weekend. The ‘Cats will travel to Pensacola, Fla. to take part in the Argonaut Regional Crossover Tournament (Sept. 7-9).
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