October 21, 2007

Volleyballers Give GVSU First Conference Loss

Caryn VanBeckum
Caryn VanBeckum
MARQUETTE, Mich. – After taking the first game of the match against Grand Valley State the Wildcats then dropped the next two before taking games four and five to win the match (30-22, 19-30, 20-30, 30-27, 15-12) against Grand Valley State University on Sunday at the Vandament Arena. The Lakers were ranked eighth in this week’s CSTV/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.  With the win the Northern Michigan University women’s volleyball squad is now 16-10 overall and 10-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). GVSU suffered its first conference loss of the season and are now 14-1 and 24-3 overall.
 
Caryn VanBeckum had another career day as she had a career-high 26 kills in 46 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .391 percent. This is the second weekend in a row she has had career numbers for kills. Last Sunday at Findlay she had a then career-high 24 kills.   Katt Garvick added 15 kills while Breanne Zaremba had 11. As a team NMU had 63 kills in 186 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .167 percent.   GVSU had a little better hitting percentage at .197 percent on 58 kills in 178 total attempts.
 
Brittany McGowan had a match-high 52 assists and seven digs. Zaremba added four service aces and 16 digs in the win. Cassie Osiecki had three service aces and 26 digs for the match. Aimee Mohr playing in three of the five games chipped in with 13 digs. Garvick at the net had two block solos.
 
NMU will hit the road for its next three matches. First up is Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 26, then it is Northwood on Oct. 27 and at Michigan Tech on Oct. 31.
 
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