BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The volleyball ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats finished the2004 regular season with a win 3-2 (26-20, 30-27, 30-19, 32-34, 15-11) againstthe Ferris State Bulldogs in front of 600 fans at the Ewigleben Arena in BigRapids. TodayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s match contained 38 tied scores and 17 lead changes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Wildcats end the regular season in third place in theGLIAC North with an overall record of 21-5 and 13-5 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheBulldogs finish in second place in the GLIAC North at 22-6 and 14-4 in theconference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will take on the Bulldogs again on Wednesday (Nov. 10)in Big Rapids in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Volleyball Tournament.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
In this afternoonÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s match, the #15 ranked Wildcats lost thefirst game but came back to win the second, third, and fifth game to win thematch.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the fifth game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats finished with a hitting percentage of .438on nine kills and 16 total attempts.
Aimee Dewitte led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 21 kills while teammatesAndrea Smith and Jennie Little added 19 and 17 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brittany McGowanhanded out 40 assists of her teamÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 84 total match kills.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Once again, AshleyKiel, Liz Kohn and Dewitte came up strong for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the back row with21, 20 and 19 digs respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Little had a match-high three service aceson the day.
The GLIAC post-season begins promptly on Wednesday as theWildcats (#3 in the North) travel to Big Rapids to take on the Bulldogs (#2 inthe North) and the Michigan Tech Huskies (#5 in the North, enters thetournament as #4 in the North) travel to Allendale to take on Grand Valley (#1in the North). ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northwood (#4 in the North, enters the tournament as #4 in theSouth) travels to Ashland (#1 in the South) and Findlay (#3 in the South)travels to Hillsdale (#2 in the South).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The GLIAC Tournament semifinals andfinals will be hosted by the highest ranked team coming out of thequarterfinals, on Nov. 13-14. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚