September 5, 2006

Volleyball Rolls Into GLIAC Play

Brittany McGowan MVP of Alamo City Classic
Brittany McGowan MVP of Alamo City Classic
The Northern Michigan University volleyball team brings a 9-0 overall and 5-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference record into this weekend’s home action against league foes Gannon and Mercyhurst.

The ‘Cats meet Gannon at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 8) and the Lakers at 5 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 9), both at Vandament Arena in the NMU Sports Complex.

On Tuesday (Sept. 5) match, NMU downed Michigan Tech 3-0 (30-19, 30-10, 30-13) to open GLIAC play.  NMU has given up only two games on the season, which came in the first two matches of the 2006 campaign. Since then the ‘Cats have rolled off six wins in a row by 3-0 scores.
 
Tonight was the opening match of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play and the ‘Cats were facing its rivals the Michigan Tech Huskies. MTU took the first game of the match (25-30) before NMU ran off three games (30-19, 30-10, 30-13) in a row for the win. NMU is now 9-0 on the season and 1-0 in GLIAC play. MTU falls to 4-5 and 0-1 respectively.
 
A total of four ‘Cats were in double-digits in the kill column. Mandie Meyer led the way with 22 kills as Megan Elliott added 14. Sam Schulte and Kate Olechny chipped in with 13 and 11 kills respectively. As a team NMU had a hitting percentage of .393 for the match. Veronica Armstrong was the lone Huskie with 10 or more kills. She ended the match with 10 kills.
 
Brittany McGowan added a match-high 43 assists. Elliott led the match with 16 digs as Meyer added 15. Schulte and Olechny both had impressive numbers at the net. Schulte had two block solos and three block assists. Olechny had three block solos and one block assist. 

NOTE: It was announced earlier today that McGowan was named the MVP of the Alamo City Classic. She averaged 23 assists in the four victories in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend. Schulte and Meyer were named to the Alamo City Classic All-Tournament Team. 
 
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