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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s volleyball team ended their season against the team that theydefeated in the first match of the 2004 season.  The University ofMinnesota-Duluth needed four games to down the â€Â˜Cats at the NCAA II VolleyballElite Eight National Championship. 


The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead (25-30, 26-30)before the â€Â˜Cats came back to take the third game (34-32) to send the match toa fourth game (24-30) which the Bulldogs won to advance.  â€ÂœI always felt wewere in the match, even when we were down 2-0,â€Â Jim Moore said.  â€ÂœWe made someadjustments, but we had no margin for error.â€Â NMU concludes the season with24-7 record.


Two seniors, playing their final match, Jennie Little andAimee Dewitte led the â€Â˜Cats with 15 and 13 kills respectively.  Little had 36total attempts for a hitting percentage of .389.  Dewitte had 38 total attemptsfor a .263 hitting percentage.  Holly Greenamyre added 14 kills in the loss.  Shewas the lone â€Â˜Cat to have a block solo for the match. 


For the match NMU had 60 kills as a team in 179 totalattempts for a hitting percentage of .179.  The Bulldogs put away 76 balls in188 total attempts for a .223 hitting percentage.  On the defensive front LizKohn had 14 digs to pace the squad.  Ashley Kiel added 13 digs while Dewittehad 11.  Dewitte added four block assists.  NMU had seven-and-a-half teamblocks to nine for UMD.  Brittany McGowan dished the ball for 28 assists, whileKelli McCune, also playing her final match, added 19.  The fourth seniorplaying her final match was Beth Honaker as she ended the day with three digsand two block assists. 


According to Moore the â€Â˜Cats are back on the right track. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚œI am thrilled that the program is on the right track,â€Â Moore added.  The â€Â˜Catswere making their first appearance at the NCAA II Volleyball Elite Eight since1997. Ã‚ 




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director