MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NorthernMichigan University Volleyball Wildcats honored the four seniors on the teamand did not let the Lake Superior State Lakers spoil their celebration as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsdowned the Lakers in three straight games (30-20, 30-24, 30-16). This match wasthe final home contest of the regular season for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as they finish theregular season next weekend with games at Grand Valley State (Friday, Nov. 5)and Ferris State (Saturday, Nov. 6).
A key factor in tonightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s match was the team hittingpercentage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats hit at a .285 percent (58 kills, 19 errors on 137attempts) while the Lakers hit at just .049 percent (31 kills, 25 errors on 122attempts).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats are now 20-4 overall and 12-4 in the GLIAC, while theLakers fall to 8-19 overall and 4-11 in the conference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have wontheir last five matches, and have not lost a game in the last four matches.
Aimee Dewitte and Ashley Kiel each had 12 kills for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats while Holly Greenamyre added 11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kiel led the team in blocks with onesolo and seven assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Liz Kohn stood strong in the back row for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats,coming up with a match-high 20 digs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brittany McGowan and Kelli McCune had 25and 22 assists respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
With tonightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are one step closer to hostingin the post-season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It will all depend what the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats do next weekend on theroad, if there will be any more matches at the Vandament Arena for the 2004season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚