August 26, 2005
Volleyball Sweeps First Day At Missouri Southern InvitationalJoplin, Mo.-The Northwest Missouri State University volleyball team was victorious in its first match of the season Friday morning against the University of Central Arkansas, 3-2 at the Missouri Southern Invitational.
The Bearcats and Central Arkansas went back and forth in the final three games with neither team able to hold a lead larger than six points. The turning point of the match for Northwest was the fifth game when they opened up with a six point lead at 12-6.
Leading the way for the 'Cats was junior Sarah Trowbridge (Boone, Iowa) with 19 kills and junior Molly Hankins (Moline, Ill.) coming in with 44 assists. Sophomore Lauren Cummings (Ankeny, Iowa) had a game high four service aces.
Northwest moved to 2-0 on the young season with an afternoon win over Henderson State University, 3-2. The 'Cats came out with a two games to none lead, but a swift turn of events and Henderson State tied the contest up at two.
In the fifth game each team went back and forth, with neither squad claiming more than a three point lead. Northwest finally got the lead they needed late in the fifth game when they went up 14-13 and scored its final point on a service ace by Cummings.
Cummings' last service ace in the second match gave her four once again, which was a match high along with sophomore Katie Stilwell (W. Des Moines, Iowa). Trowbridge came away with a game high 22 kills.
Stilwell also had a team high 28 assists in the match, which moved her up to ninth place on the Northwest all-time assist record book, with 979. She had eight in the previous match to give her 36 on the day.
The Bearcats will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. against Quincy University (Ill.) and at 5 p.m. against No. 21 Augustana College (S.D.) to wrap up the Missouri Southern Invitational.
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