MILWAUKEE, Wis. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University volleyball team opened its 2004 spring exhibition season by playingat the Marquette Tournament this past Saturday (March 20).
NMU was previously scheduled to compete at UW-Green Bay onMarch 27, but that tournament had to be cancelled due to the UW-GB team havingmany injuries.
At the Marquette event the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats defeated NCAA I WesternMichigan in the first round in three games (30-26, 23-30, 15-13) and thendefeated the Marquette University alumni team in two straight (30-16, 30-16).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The second round saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats down Southern Illinois, who was the winner ofpool three, 30-15 and 30-28.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU ended the event by defeating the host school, Marquette University, in three games (22-30, 30-23, 20-18).
NMU head coach Jim Moore said he was happy with theWildcatsÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™ team effort and was especially happy with the teamÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s composure.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œItwas very good to see how far our floor defense and blocking have come,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mooresaid.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI was excited that we served and passed well.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We still have a ways togo on offense, but it was a good start to the spring.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will host Michigan Tech on Saturday, April 10 in amodified scrimmage at Vandament Arena.
ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œOverall, this was a good weekend for us,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Moore said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTheteam gave a tremendous effort and worked very hard.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was good to be back onthe court again and you can tell by our play that there is a goal in mind.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚