Volleyball 'Cats Drop Two At Siue
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University volleyball squad is participating at the SIUE Cougar Classic this weekend.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU dropped both matches on Friday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats fell to Southern Indiana in theteamÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s first match of the day 2-3 and then in the night match NMU lost in fourgames to the host school (1-3).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 1-5 on the season.
Against Southern Indiana the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats extended the match tofive games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost the first game 27-30 before taking the next two 30-17 and31-29.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The second game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a hitting percentage of .297 (14-37).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Southern Indiana took the fourth and fifth games 24-30 and 11-15 to win the match.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Twonewcomers led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as Nicole Hintze had 18 kills while fellow freshman,Sam Schulte, added 16.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Schulte had a hitting percentage of .400 for thematch.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrea Smith chipped in with 14 kills.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rachel Martinez dished the ballfor 41 assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hintze added two service aces, 25 digs and three block assistsfor the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Schulte added a match-high seven block assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Liz Kohn hadtwo service aces and 19 digs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the match the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a hitting percentageof .203 (63-202).
Against the home team, SIUE, NMU had 52 kills in 165 totalattempts for a hitting percentage of .152.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first game of the match, whichthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats won 30-23, saw the team with a .256 hitting percentage (15-39).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SIUEwould then take the next three games in a row for the win (27-30, 29-31,28-30).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Holly Greenamyre led the way with a team-high 15 kills in 31 totalattempts for a hitting percentage of .355.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Megan Elliot added 13 kills whileSchulte was in double-digits with 10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brittany McGowan led the way with 25assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Four NMU players were in double-digits in digs for the match.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hintzehad a team-high 17 as Elliot was next with 14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will play two more matches again on Saturday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up will be a morning match against Drury which will be followed by anafternoon match against Missouri Southern.