September 19, 2008

Wildcats Win First Two Sets Then Match In Five

Caryn VanBeckum
Caryn VanBeckum
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Friday night at Ferris State University the Northern Michigan University women’s volleyball team won a hard fought five-set match against the Bulldogs. NMU won the first two sets (25-17, 25-23) dropped the next two (21-25, 22-25) and then won the fifth and deciding set (15-10) to take the match. In the fifth set, NMU had 72 percent of the sideouts. With the win the Wildcats are now 8-5 overall on the season and 3-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Bulldogs fall to 7-6 and 1-3 respectively.
For the match the ‘Cats had 55 kills in 158 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .125. NMU limited the Bulldogs to a hitting percentage of .032. Daniela Bezerra led the ‘Cats with 16 kills. Two other members of the team had over 10 kills. Mandie Meyer added 14 while Caryn VanBeckum had 11 kills. Most of their assists came from Rachel Green as she had a match-high 43 assists. 
Cassie Osiecki had 20 digs on the defensive front. Teammates Breanne Zaremba and Meyer added 12 and 11 digs respectively. At the net the ‘Cats ended the match with two block solos and 10 block assists. VanBeckum had both block solos and three block assists. Katie Twardzik and Katt Garvick each added two block assists.
NMU will face Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich. tomorrow afternoon (Sept. 20) at 4 p.m. for its next match on the schedule.  
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David Faiella
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