MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ It took Qi Wang twomatches before he picked up his first home win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s volleyball team took care of the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley onSaturday afternoon at Vandament Arena.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It took the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a little over an hourto win in three straight (30-18, 30-16 and 30-19).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win, NMU goes agame above .500 with an overall record of 7-6 and 4-1 in GLIAC play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheCardinals fall to 6-12 and 0-5.
Andrea Smith for the second match in a row led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswith 19 kills.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She had 33 total attempts which was good for a sizzling .515hitting percentage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nicole Hintze added 15 kills in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the matchNMU had 55 kills in 107 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .439.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In allthree games, NMU was hitting over .400 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The first game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 19 kills in 33 total attemptsfor a .424 hitting percent, the second game saw the team again have 19 kills in37 total attempts for a .486 and the final game saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with a .405 on 17kills in 37 total attempts.
Brittany McGowan had 25 assists for the match.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Teammate,Rachel Martinez added 16 helpers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hintze was the lone ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat with double-digitdigs as she ended the day with 11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At the net, Smith had a block solo and ablock assist while Martinez added two block assists.
NMU will go back on the road for their next three matches.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up is the Lakers of Lake Superior State on Tuesday (Sept. 27).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The tripcontinues to Grand Valley on Friday (Sept. 30) and Ferris State on Saturday(Oct. 1).