MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University volleyball Wildcats forced Grand Valley State into a fifth game inSaturdayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s match, but came up short and fell 3-2 to the Lakers. The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats arenow 11-2 on the season and 3-2 in the GLIAC. Grand Valley improves to 11-3overall and 3-0 in the GLIAC.
Grand Valley opened up the match by winning game one 30-28,but shortly thereafter the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tied the match at 1-1 with a game two win of 30-22.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grand Valley came back and won game three, 30-26, and once again the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsanswered and took game four 30-27.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final, and deciding, game the Lakers jumpedout to an early lead and held on for the 15-8 win.
Aimee Dewitt led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 14 kills while teammatesAndrea Smith, Ashley Kiel and Holly Greenamyre had 13, 12 and 10 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brittany McGowan and Kelli McCune each had 28 assists in the effort. On thedefensive front the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were led by Liz Kohn with her team-high 18 digs forthe match.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrea Smith added a match high three service aces.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Lakers were led by Stephanie Maciasz-Dow and Tracy Kirkwith 22 and 15 kills respectively. Defensively the Lakers were led by TracyKirk, with a match-high eight block assists, while teammates Lauren Hanson andTina Tromblay each added four block assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Allyson Riley had 22 digs in thewin for the Lakers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are back in action on Tuesday, September 28thwhen they travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. to take on Lake Superior StateUniversity at 7:00 p.m. The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats return home next weekend when they host Gannon University on Saturday (Oct.2) at 4:00 p.m. and Mercyhurst on Sunday (Oct. 3)at 1:00 p.m.