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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - The Northern Michigan Universityvolleyball team was tested a bit by the Lakers of Grand Valley State onSaturday afternoon in the GLIAC Volleyball Tournament Championship Match. 

The â€Ã‚˜Cats looked like they would run away with the title asthey won the first two games of the championship match by scores of 30-28 and30-19.  The Lakers came back to take thenext two games 28-30 and 33-35.  So, theGLIAC title would go to a fifth and deciding game. 

This would be only the fourth time all season that the â€Ã‚˜Catswould be extended to a fifth and deciding game. The fifth game went back and forth, but the â€Ã‚˜Cats pulled it out16-14.  NMU captured the GLIAC VolleyballTournament Championship for the eighth time and first since 1998.  NMU is still perfect on the season with a26-0 slate.  Grand Valley is now 26-7.

The big hitters for the â€Ã‚˜Cats were Jennie Little with 20kills, Beth Honaker added 19, Ashley Kiel had 13 and Aimee Dewitte had 11.  As a team the â€Ã‚˜Cats had 78 kills in 201attempts for the match.  Little had atotal of five total blocks for the match. 

Dewitte added 17 digs on the defensive front and four blockassists.  Anne (Kinsella) Hasenstabpassed for a team-leading 41 assists to go along with her 14 digs. Kieladded 12 digs and six total blocks.  LizKohn dug in with 14 digs.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats will find out on Sunday where the NCAA II GreatLakes Region Tournament will be played.