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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 20, 2005

Northwest Volleyball Signs A-List For 2005

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University head volleyball coach Lori Slight has announced the signing of Annie Rice (Lincoln, Neb.), Amy Bohnker (Underwood, Ia.) and Ashley Mitchell (Davenport, Ia.) to a NCAA Division II National Letter-of-Intent today.

Annie Rice is a libero/setter at Lincoln East High School. She holds her school's season records for serves (598), assists (1003), sets (3013) and digs (226). Rice helped her high school team win the Class A-1 District Championship in 2004 and Class A All-City Championship in 2003. The Lincoln native has won numerous individual awards including: Class A All-State Team selection, Academic All-State selection, Heartland Athletic All-Conference Award and a 2005 All-Star Volleyball Team selection. She began playing with USA Junior Olympic Volleyball at the '12 and under' level and has played in the National Junior Olympic Championship Tournament every year (7) since.

Ashley Mitchell will come to Northwest from Davenport Central High School where she participated in the state tournament for volleyball her senior year. During her last season at Davenport, Mitchell earned First Team All-Conference and All-State honors. She led her conference in kills and ranked second in the 4A state tournament for blocks per game (1.47) and third for kills per game (3.12).

Amy Bohnker was on the All-Tournament Team for both the Atlantic Tournament and Tee Jay Tournament while attending Underwood High School. She received Academic All-Conference honors and was a state qualifier in 2003 and 2004.

"The new additions to the volleyball team are very developed volleyball players, " said Coach Slight. "Their athleticism will allow them to contribute tremendously to the team even as freshmen."

All three signees will be freshmen at Northwest next fall.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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