Press Box


November 21, 2003




GVSU defeats WJU 3-2


First Match â€Ã‚“ Day Two


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Grand Valley State Universitycame out of another five-game match with a win on Friday night against Wheeling Jesuit University,in the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Volleyball Tournament semifinals.  The Lakers had lost twice to Wheeling Jesuitduring the regular season, so the third time would not be the charm for theCardinals.

Wheeling Jesuit won the first game 30-21. The Lakers won thesecond game 30-22, to tie the match at one-all. The Cardinals would go up to 2-1 by winning the third game 31-29.  GVSU would not give up as they would tie thematch again by winning the fourth game 30-27. For the second night in a row in the tournament, the Lakers would haveto go to a fifth game.  The teams foughtback and forth for the final game, but the Lakers would come out with the win15-11.

Grand Valley State is now 28-7 on the season.Wheeling Jesuit will retire their 2003 season at 38-3.

Stephanie Maciasz led the Lakersin hitting with 14 kills with only three errors in 29 attempts for a hittingpercentage of .379.  Tracy Kirk andSabina Bird both added 11 kills, with Bird also chipping in with seven blockassists. 

As a team Grand Valley State had a total of 64 kills outof 173 attempts, for a .197 hitting percentage.

On the defensive front Melissa Reneskiled the team with 14 digs. Megan Helsen and MollyYoung contributing 11 digs each.  Nicole Bayle passedfor a total of 47 assists.

The Cardinals were led at the net by hard-hitter Waleska Carrion with 19 kills.  Bethany Biggs and Kim Melinauskasalso add 13 kills each. 

WJU had a hitting percentage of .225 having a total of 59kills out of 160 attempts. 

Grand Valleywill move on to the championship match, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday to face the winner of the Northern Michigan Universityâ€Ã‚“ Northern Kentucky University match. 


Grand Valleydefeated Wheeling Jesuit, 3-2 (21-30, 30-22, 29-31, 30-27, 15-11)








â€Ã‚˜Cats end season


Second Match â€Ã‚“ DayTwo


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Northern Kentuckycame into the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Volleyball Tournament as the fifthseeded team.  They did not look like ateam that was seeded fifth as they knocked out the top team of the tournament, Northern Michigan.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats wereriding a 26-game winning streak plus they were playing in front of over 950friendly fans.  But, someone forgot totell NKU.  The Norse defeated the hometeam in four games on Friday night.  NKUwon the first game 30-27 before the â€Ã‚˜Cats came back to win their only game ofthe night, the second game of the match, 31-29. The third and fourth games went to NKU 30-22 and 30-28. 

NMU ends the season with a 26-1 slate.  NKU moves on in the tournament with a 26-11mark.

Jennie Little led the â€Ã‚˜Cats putting down 14 kills for thenight.  Both Aimee Dewitte and BethHonaker added 13 kills each.  Ã‚ Defensively, Dewitte led NMU with 19 digs andfive block assists and one solo block. Honaker added six blocks in the win. 

Liz Kohn was also strong in the backcourt making 19 digs. Anne(Kinsella) Hasenstab passed for a total of 27 assists, as teammate Kelli McCunehad 22 helpers.  

As a team the â€Ã‚˜Cats had 63 kills out of 178 attempts for ahitting percentage of .180.

NKU showed its strength tonight behind its hitting, diggingand blocking.  Leading the Norse in killswas Nicole Salisbury with 17.  KristinKoralewski contributed with 14 kills and Cammi Welter added 11.   

On the defensive front Koralewski led NKU in digs with18.  Sara Taylor was strong at the netwith 46 assists.  NKU had a total of 56 killsout of 183 attempts giving them a .142 hitting percentage.

Northern Kentucky University will advance to play Grand Valley in the championship match onSaturday night.


Northern Kentucky defeated Northern Michigan, 3-1 (30-27, 29-31, 30-22, 30-28)