Press Box

November 19, 2003



MARQUETTE, Mich.- Northern Michigan University Head Volleyball Coach Jim Moore has announcedthe signing of three prep athletes to a National Letter of Intent, during theearly signing period (Nov. 12-19),  toattend NMU and play volleyball for the â€Ã‚˜Cats. Paris Malin (Kirkland, Wash./LakeWashington HS), Jamie Murray (Howell, Mich./ Howell HS) and Caryn VanBeckum (DePere, Wis./DePere HS) signed with NMU andwill begin their Wildcat careers in the 2004 season.


â€Ã‚œWe are very pleased to have part of our first recruitingclass signed.  These players will addsome much needed depth and in the future fill the spots that are left due tograduation,â€Ã‚ Moore said.  â€Ã‚œThey are all extremely hard workers and Ilook too them to continue that in this program.â€Ã‚ÃƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 


Northern, 26-0 on the season, continues its 2003 season onFriday, November 21 in a 7:30 p.m.match in the Vandament Arena against the winner of the NCAA regional firstround winner between Northern Kentucky-Findlay.



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Malin, a 5-11 outside hitter, willcome to Northern as a fourth generation Wildcat.  She follows her father, grandparents andgreat grandparents on the Malin side to Northern.  Parisis a two-time All-King County4A honorable mention selection.  Sheplays club volleyball for the Washington Volleyball Academywhich finished 13th at nationals.


â€Ã‚œParishas tremendous work ethic and will fit in well with our system.  We are very happy that she was eager tocontinue her familyâ€Ã‚™s Northern tradition.â€Ã‚




Jamie Murray


Murray, a 5-9 setterfrom Howell, Mich., has been a member of her high school team since herfreshman year.  Jamie has achievedall-county first team honors, All-KVC first team and Livingston County PressPlayer of the Year as a setter.  Murray plays club volleyball for USA Michigan Ingham Selectunder the direction of Rob Buck.


â€Ã‚œJamie has a very competitivepersonality on the court and in the setting position that is a huge asset.  With the loss of one senior setter, she couldstep in right away and play.â€Ã‚





Caryn VanBeckum


VanBeckum, a 6-2 middle hitter fromDePere, Wis., was a first andsecond team all-conference selection while at DePere High School.  Additionally, she leads her team in kills andblocks and was the top point getter in the conference.  VanBeckum plays for the Kaepa Fox CitiesElite Club.


â€Ã‚œCaryn is an extremely hard workingathlete who will give us much needed depth. She will continue to develop as she gains experience at the collegiatelevel.â€Ã‚







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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director