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ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™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. The â€Â˜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 â€Â˜Cats then put the match awaywith a win in the fourth game (30-28). 


NMU will face Northwood tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, Nov. 21)at 5:00 p.m. for the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championship.  This is theâ€Â˜Cats first trip to the regional championship match since 1997, where the â€Â˜Catsdefeated Northwood in three straight.  The â€Â˜Cats are now 23-6 on the season,while GVSU completes the 2004 campaign with a 27-7 slate.  Northwood and NMUsplit their two meetings during the 2004 regular season.  The Timberwolves wonon their home floor in five games in September while the â€Â˜Cats won at theVandament Arena in three straight in late October.


â€ÂœWe played very well in games one and two tonight,â€Â Jim Mooresaid.  â€ÂœWe were tight in game three.â€ÂÃƒ‚  The â€Â˜Cats had 36 kills in the first twogames of the match, as the â€Â˜Cats ended with 64 for the match.  Aimee Dewitteled the way with 15 kills in 40 total attempts for a hitting percentage of.250.  Andrea Smith and Ashley Kiel added 13 and 11 kills respectively.


On the defensive front Moore was pleased with the effort theâ€Â˜Cats gave for the match.  For the match the â€Â˜Cats had 94 digs and 12 totalteam blocks.  Three â€Â˜Cats had over 20 digs each as Kiel led the way with 22digs, Dewitte and Liz Kohn both had 21.  Kiel and Smith each had seven blockassists.


Jennie Little had a match-high three service aces.  BrittanyMcGowan and Kelli McCune shared the assists with 29 and 23 assistsrespectively.




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Dave Faiella
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