Northern Michigan 3, Grand Valley State 1



ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University womens volleyball team is one win away from a trip to the 2004 NCAA II Elite Eight with the four-game win over the Grand Valley State Lakers on Saturday night. The Cats won the first two games of the match (30-27, 30-19) before the home team came back to win the third game (23-30) the Cats then put the match away with 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 the Cats first trip to the regional championship match since 1997, where the Cats defeated Northwood in three straight. The Cats are now 23-6 on the season, while GVSU completes the 2004 campaign with a 27-7 slate. Northwood and NMU split their two meetings during the 2004 regular season. The Timberwolves won on their home floor in five games in September while the Cats won at the Vandament Arena in three straight in late October.

We played very well in games one and two tonight, Jim Moore said. We were tight in game three. The Cats had 36 kills in the first two games of the match, as the Cats ended with 64 for the match. Aimee Dewitte led 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 the Cats gave for the match. For the match the Cats had 94 digs and 12 total team blocks. Three Cats had over 20 digs each as Kiel led the way with 22 digs, Dewitte and Liz Kohn both had 21. Kiel and Smith each had seven block assists.

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

-- Courtesy Northern Michigan