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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 16, 2006

Volleyball Attendance Increases in 2006

MARYVILLE, Mo. - For the second year in a row, attendance at Northwest Missouri State volleyball matches continued to increase. The attendance figures increased by 29 percent during the 2006 season with an average of 410 spectators per match compared to an average of 318 in the 2005 season.

With the average of 410 fans, Northwest ranks third highest in average attendance within the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) behind that of Pittsburg State and Washburn. Northwest topped the 500 mark on Sept. 20 against rival Missouri Western recording an attendance of 533 fans at Bearcat Arena.

Two other matches came close to reaching the 500 mark when 477 and 478 fans showed up against Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri, respectively.

"With only having six matches this year at home, we had great crowds and were excited to play at home," said first-year head coach Anna Tool. "There were a variety of promotions that helped draw large crowds and got the fans involved at our matches. Next year, we will double our home schedule and look forward to having a greater following at Bearcat Volleyball."

The Bearcats finished their season with a 14-19 overall record and their first-ever appearance in the MIAA Tournament. In addition, four Bearcats earned All-MIAA status including two First-Teamers in seniors MacKenzie Heston and Molly Hankins --- Heston also was voted to the Daktronics Division II All-South Central Region Second Team.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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