ASHLAND, Ohio ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The first leg of the Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s volleyball teamÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s venture into Ohio did not start off wellon Saturday at Ashland.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost in three straight to the Eagles (22-30, 27-30and 29-31).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 10-8 overall and 7-3 in the GreatLakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashland improves to 18-6and 9-3 respectively.
Two NMU players had 10 or more kills for the match.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AndreaSmith led the way with 14 kills and Nicole Hintze added 10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 37 kills in 131 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .115.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rachel Martinez added 21 assists in the loss.
Defensively four ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats registered 10 or more digs for theafternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Megan Elliot had a team-high 16 digs as she was followed by Hintzewith 14, Liz Kohn had 13 and Martinez added 11. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At the net the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats did nothave a block solo, but Sara Keilman and Smith each had two block assists.
NMU will play at The University of Findlay tomorrow (Oct.16) for its second match of the trip.