Press Box


November 20, 2003




Lakers move on to Semifinals


First Match â€Ã‚“ Day One


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Grand Valley State Universityand the University of Indianapolisbattled down to the fifth game of the first match in the NCAA II Great Lakes RegionalVolleyball Tournament at Northern Michigan University on Thursday night at theVandament Arena.

The Lakers came out with the five-game win.  The teams split the first two games.  Grand Valley won the first game30-17.  Indianapolisanswered back with a win in the second game 30-24. 

The Lakers moved the match score to 2-1 winning the third game 30-19.  The Greyhounds would tie the game at two-allto send it to a fifth and deciding game by winning the fourth game 30-27.  The fifth and final game would be the decideron who would advance to the next round.

The fifth game stayed close, but gradually the Lakers pulledaway and finished the final game 15-9. 

Grand Valleyimproves their record to 27-7 on the season. Indianapolis finished the 2003season with a 29-11 mark.

Leading hitters for GVSU were Sabrina Bird with 15 kills asTracy Kirk added 10 to go along with her five blocks. 

As a team the Lakers totaled 46 kills in 130 attempts forthe match. 

Molly Young was defensively strong for the Lakers making 13 digs.  Nicole Bayle passed for a total of 37assists.

Hitting hard for the Greyhounds were Shaun McAllister with16 kills and Lynne Ross with 15. Whitney Boling also added 12 kills. 

Indianapolistallied a total of 52 kills in 148 attempts for the match.

Grand Valley State will play Wheeling Jesuit onFriday, November 21, at 5:00 p.m. inthe second round of the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Volleyball Tournament atVandament Arena on the Northern Michigan University campus.


First Match

GVSU defeated Indianapolis,3-2 (30-17, 24-30, 30-19, 27-30, 15-9)




Last game goes 36-34


Second Match â€Ã‚“ Day One


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Northern Kentucky Universitycame to the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Tournament at Northern Michigan Universitywith a mission and completed the first phase. The Norse came out Thursday night in the second match of the tournamentand defeated The University of Findlay in four games to move to the next round. 

NKU won the first game 32-30.  Findlaywon the second game 30-21 to tie the match at one-all.  The Norse battled back in the third gamewinning 30-25.  The Oilers would give NKUa scare as they battled back and forth into the final points of the fourthgame, but Northern Kentucky wouldnâ€Ã‚™t stand for it asthey won the game 36-34 to take the match.

NKU is now 25-11 on the season.  The Oilers end their 2003 campaign with a29-8 mark.

Kristin Koralewski was the main hitter for NKU putting down25 kills.  Nicole Salisbury added 17 kills,along with Cammi Welterâ€Ã‚™s 16.  As a teamthe Northern Kentucky had a total of 77 kills out of 168attempts for a .321 hitting percentage. On the defensive front Welter led the team with 11digs and six blocks.Sara Taylor was strong at the net passing for 63 assists.

Findlay was ledby Kara Heitmeyer with 28 kills.  ErinPuthoff also contributed with 15. Ã‚  Theteam had a kill percentage of .308 having a total of 71 kills in 159 attempts.  Kelly Byrnes led the Oilers in assists with54.

NKU will face the top seed of the tournament, the hostschool, Northern Michigan University on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Second Match

Northern Kentucky defeated Findlay,3-2 (32-30, 21-30, 30-25, 26-34)