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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 31, 2006

Bearcats Lose in First Round of MIAA Tournament

TOPEKA, Kan. - The opening night of the MIAA Tournament saw #20 Washburn gain a 3-1 win over Northwest Missouri State volleyball. The Bearcats won game two 30-28, but lost games one, three and four by scores of 30-24, 30-25 and 30-20.

Game one consisted of 14 ties until Washburn pulled away from a 19-19 score. The Lady Blues went on 9-1 run helped by six Bearcat errors. The final two points to close out Northwest were kills by freshman Ashley Shepard, winning 30-24. Northwest won 30-28 in the second game leading nearly the entire way. Other than Washburn grabbing the opening point, Northwest never trailed the Lady Blues and only tied three times with the Bearcats. Northwest's largest lead, five points, was early in the game as both teams traded point's throughout. A 30-25 game three Washburn win mirrored Northwest game two win. The Lady Blues never were tied or behind after an attack error by freshman Priscilla Bremer gave them a 4-3 go-ahead point. Northwest could not get within two points after a 5-0 run gave Washburn an 8-3 lead. Two service errors gave the Lady Blues the two points they needed to gain a 2-1 game advantage. The final game was all Washburn leading by as much as 12 and holding Northwest to only 20 points, its lowest output of the match.

The senior class led the three major statistical categories kills, assists and digs. Senior Sarah Trowbridge paced the Bearcats leading in kills and digs with 22 and 21. Fellow classmate Allison Hyland was the only other Bearcats in double-digit kills attacking 16 times successfully. Senior MacKenzie Heston was behind Trowbridge in the digs charts with 17. Senior Molly Hankins dished out 46 assists had a season high six kills with a .556 hitting percentage.

Northwest hit over .200 in only game two and had .199 team hitting percentage for the match. The 13 team blocks was the third highest of the season.

Freshman Kate Hampson led the Lady Blues in assists and blocks with 55 and five. Junior Tessa Jones aided the offensive attack with 16 kills and a .364 hitting percentage. Two time Wilson/MIAA Specialist of the Week Erica Cowhick kept the defense in check keeping the ball off the floor 37 times. Washburn Freshman Ashley Shepard left game two with a knee injury.

Northwest finished the season with a 14-19 overall record, closing out Coach Anna Tool's first season at Northwest Missouri State University. Coach Tool had this to say about the 2006 Bearcats, "Overall we accomplished a lot of things this year that's helped us turn this program around." Already looking forward to next year Tool commented, "We expect great things when we step on the floor and we will build on that next year."

Washburn will take on Central Missouri on Friday, Nov. 3 in the second round of the MIAA Tournament. The winner will advance to the championship match the following day.

NOTES: It is the first MIAA Tournament match for Northwest since its inception in 2003 … Four seniors closed out their playing career tonight: Sarah Trowbridge, MacKenzie Heston, Allison Hyland and Molly Hankins … Hankins fell short of the season assists record finishing 18 behind Abby Willms 1997 season of 1,605 finishing with 1,587 … Her career ended ranking fourth all-time in assists, 2,213, in just two seasons as a Bearcats … Hankins broke the season record of 12.29 assists per game, previously held by Megan Danek in the 2000 season, maintaining 13.01 assists per game in the 33 match season … Trowbridges 78 attacks tonight (10/31) ranks second all-time in overall attacks in a match … She holds the top three marks for overall match attacks with 81, 78 and 73 … Trowbridge has six matches in the all-time top-ten individual match attacks … She also finishes her career with the all-time career attacks record with 4,411 … Heston finishes her Bearcat playing days on a variety of top-ten all-time lists … She sits third in all-time attacks (4,138) and fourth in all-time kills (1,456) … Heston is fourth (310) on the all-time career assisted blocks chart and sixth (377) on the all-time career total blocks … She also broke a 16-year old record with 32 kills in a single match (9/17) against Missouri-St. Louis this past season.

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