MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University Volleyball team defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs for the third time in the 2007 season. The 'Cats won the match in three games to advance to the Great Lakers Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Semi-finals. The 'Cats are now 20-11 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 20-10.
The 'Cats came out strong in the first game and defeated the Bulldogs easily, 30-20. The 'Cats had a .214 kill percentage in comparison to .023 for the Bulldogs in the first game. The Bulldogs responded in game two with 23 kills in comparison to 21 by the 'Cats but the 'Cats rallied back to win 31-29. Within game two there were 17 tie scores and 3 lead changes. In game three the 'Cats had 18 kills and a kill percentage of .316 to beat the bulldogs 30-22. The 'Cats allowed just just 10 kills and a .056 kill percentage in game three.
Caryn VanBeckum led the 'Cats with 16 kills on 31 attempts (.355) while teammate Katt Garvick was strong on the left side with 14 kills on 32 attempts (.344). VanBeckum added one block solo and three block assists while Garvick had one and two, respectively. Brittany McGowan dished out 38 assists in the match for the 'Cats.
On the defensive front Breanne Zaremba led the 'Cats with 14 digs while teammates Cassie Oseicki and Aimee Mohr added 11. Cassie Osiecki now has 515 digs in the 2007 season, setting a new Wildcat record. The previous high was 511 held by Meaghan Kimball.
The Wildcats will now travel to Allendale, Mich. for the GLIAC Semi-finals on Nov. 10. The 'Cats will play Grand Valley State in the second of two semi-final games (4:30 p.m.) as Ashland and Hillsdale will face off in the first one (2 p.m.). The winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the GLIAC Finals. The winner of the GLIAC tournament gets an automatic bid into the NCAA DII National Tournament.