MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University volleyball team (1-0) picked up just where they left off from the2003 regular season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have now won 24 straight regular season matcheswith a three-game sweep (30-25, 30-23, 30-18) of the visiting University ofMinnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (0-1) on Friday night at the Vandament Arena on theNMU campus.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams were ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25Preseason Poll.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were ranked 14th while the Bulldogs were17th.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fourteen of the 24 wins have lasted three games.
Aimee Dewitte and Jennie Little were the big hitters for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dewitte paced the squad with 13 kills in 26 attempts for ahitting percentage of .385.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Little hit for .364 percent with 11 kills in 22attempts.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrea Smith and Holly Greenamyre both had 10 kills on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats registered 57 kills for the match.
Brittany McGowan playing in her first collegiate match ledthe team with 19 assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kelli McCune had 15 assists on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Liz Kohnled the defensive charge with nine digs as Dewitte had seven and McGowan fivefor the match.
Ashley Kiel had three of the eight block assists for NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Smith was the only other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat to have two block assists. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU is back in action on Sunday, Aug. 29 against Bemidji Stateat 4:00 p.m.