ALLENDALE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s volleyball team is one win away from a trip to the 2004 NCAA II Elite Eightwith the four-game win over the Grand Valley State Lakers on Saturday night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats won the first two games of the match (30-27, 30-19) before the hometeam came back to win the third game (23-30) the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats then put the match awaywith a win in the fourth game (30-28).Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will face Northwood tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, Nov. 21)at 5:00 p.m. for the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championship.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This is theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats first trip to the regional championship match since 1997, where the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catsdefeated Northwood in three straight.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 23-6 on the season,while GVSU completes the 2004 campaign with a 27-7 slate.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northwood and NMUsplit their two meetings during the 2004 regular season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Timberwolves wonon their home floor in five games in September while the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats won at theVandament Arena in three straight in late October.
Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe played very well in games one and two tonight,Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚ Jim Mooresaid.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚œWe were tight in game three.Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had 36 kills in the first twogames of the match, as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats ended with 64 for the match.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Aimee Dewitteled the way with 15 kills in 40 total attempts for a hitting percentage of.250.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Andrea Smith and Ashley Kiel added 13 and 11 kills respectively.
On the defensive front Moore was pleased with the effort theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats gave for the match.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the match the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had 94 digs and 12 totalteam blocks.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Three Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had over 20 digs each as Kiel led the way with 22digs, Dewitte and Liz Kohn both had 21.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kiel and Smith each had seven blockassists.
Jennie Little had a match-high three service aces.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ BrittanyMcGowan and Kelli McCune shared the assists with 29 and 23 assistsrespectively.