Press Box


ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s volleyball team kept their 2004 season going by defeating the HillsdaleCollege Chargers at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Tournament in first roundaction at Grand Valley State on Friday.  The â€Â˜Cats who lost to this team inearly Oct. at Hillsdale in five games turned the table tonight and took care ofthe Chargers in three straight (30-23, 30-24, 32-30). 


The â€Â˜Cats are now 22-6 on the season and Hillsdale concludestheir season with a 19-10 record.  NMU moves on in the tournament and will facethe winner of the Grand Valley-Charleston match on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30p.m.  This is also the first time since the 1997 season that the â€Â˜Cats have wona first round match at the Great Lakes Regional Tournament.  The â€Â˜Cats advancedto the NCAA II Elite Eight that year and eventually lost to Barry in thesemifinals.


â€ÂœI am happy that we played well and are moving on,â€Â JimMoore said.  â€ÂœWe served well early and played some good defense and blockedsome balls late.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  The match lasted a little over one hour as the â€Â˜Catsregistered 53 kills as a team and nine total team blocks.  NMU had as a teamone block solo and 16 block assists.


Andrea Smith and Aimee Dewitte led the â€Â˜Cats with 17 and 12kills respectively.  Smith had 42 total attempts for a .310 hittingpercentage.  Ashley Kiel led the way on the defensive front with 13 digs, shehad the lone block solo and a team-high five block assists.  Dewitte added 15digs and three block assists.  Jennie Little who had five kills also chipped inwith four block assists.


Brittany McGowan had 21 assists to pace the â€Â˜Cats.  KelliMcCune added 19 helpers in the win.  â€ÂœWe have to step it up and keep going,â€Â Moore added.  â€ÂœWe just have to take them one at a time.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 




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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director