Aug. 31, 2007
Bearcats Fall In Five To Nova Southeastern
AUSTIN, Texas-Northwest took the first two games against Nova Southeastern Friday only to see the Sharks rally for three straight wins and a 3-2 victory at the St. Edward's Classic. Scores went 23-30, 19-30, 30-24, 33-31, 15-13.
The Bearcats (3-3) led 25-20 in game four and 5-0 and 9-4 in game five, but couldn't hang on. Ruiz Paola's match-high 16 kills led three Sharks in double figures.
Northwest hit .467 in game two, led by as many as 12 and held Nova Southeastern (3-3) to negative hitting percentages in each of the first two games. It was the fourth time in 20 games that the Bearcats have swung over 40 percent.
Alicia Johnson had eight kills through two games and finished with 12. Rachel Nisi and Sara Falcone provided much of the Bearcat offense down the stretch and finished with 15 and nine kills, respectively.
Northwest had just five kills in game three and dropped the first three points in game four. Nisi and Falcone rattled off four straight points and slowly the momentum started to turn back to Northwest.
Johnson got in the mix a short time later, utilizing a combination of jump serves and a kill from the back row. Her second ace of the match gave the Bearcats a 21-16 lead.
Kills by Falcone and Amber Ryan gave Northwest match points after the Sharks had battled back to tie the game at 29. But kills by Aley Tallman and Melinda Gorman kept the Sharks alive. Tallman's ninth slam of the night gave Nova Southeastern the game four win. She tacked on one more in game five to finish with 10.
The Bearcats rallied on the service of Katie Swenson and took the first five points of game five. Amy Bohnker had two kills and Johnson added another during the run. Nisi later made it 9-4 with her final smash of the night.
Ruiz served four straight points during a 9-2 run before a serving error made it 13-12 Nova Southeastern. Northwest held off one match point before Gorman slammed down the game winner.
Paige Spangenberg had a match-high 25 digs for the Bearcats. Swenson and Johnson had double-doubles. Swenson's was 38 assists and 15 digs. Johnson added 13 digs to her 12 kills.
Northwest will try to bounce back Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma State and host St. Edward's. Match times are 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
- First-ever meeting between the two teams.
- Nova Southeastern fought off three match points in game four.
- Spangenberg's 25 digs is a season high.
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