Volleyball 'Cats Keep Season Going
ALLENDALE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 22-6 on the season and Hillsdale concludestheir season with a 19-10 record.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU moves on in the tournament and will facethe winner of the Grand Valley-Charleston match on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30p.m.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This is also the first time since the 1997 season that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have wona first round match at the Great Lakes Regional Tournament.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats advancedto the NCAA II Elite Eight that year and eventually lost to Barry in thesemifinals.
ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI am happy that we played well and are moving on,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ JimMoore said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe served well early and played some good defense and blockedsome balls late.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The match lasted a little over one hour as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsregistered 53 kills as a team and nine total team blocks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had as a teamone block solo and 16 block assists.
Andrea Smith and Aimee Dewitte led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 17 and 12kills respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Smith had 42 total attempts for a .310 hittingpercentage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashley Kiel led the way on the defensive front with 13 digs, shehad the lone block solo and a team-high five block assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dewitte added 15digs and three block assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jennie Little who had five kills also chipped inwith four block assists.
Brittany McGowan had 21 assists to pace the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ KelliMcCune added 19 helpers in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe have to step it up and keep going,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Moore added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe just have to take them one at a time.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚