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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 5, 2007

Bearcats Participate in Washburn Fall Classic and Travel to Fort Hays This Weekend

MARYVILLE - (Match Notes) Northwest Missouri State volleyball (12-11, 3-3 MIAA) begins a three-match weekend today, starting at the Washburn Fall Classic. The Bearcats face Dallas Baptist (7-9) for the first time in school history today at 2 p.m., followed at 4 p.m. by Newman (Kan.) (2-20).

Northwest takes on Fort Hays State (14-10, 1-5 MIAA) in Hays, Kan., for a 6 p.m. meeting on Saturday. It will be the first time the Bearcats have played at Gross Memorial Coliseum, after the previous eight meetings were spent at neutral sites and Bearcat Arena.

A number of Bearcats are entering school record books. Alicia Johnson has stung together 18 straight matches with double-digit kills, a first in school history, and is averaging a school record 0.56 aces per game. That pace also leads the conference and is one of the top 50 marks in Division II.

Katie Swenson is averaging 12.23 assists per game, the third-highest average in school history. Amy Bohnker is ninth in career blocks per game, averaging 0.84.

The meeting between Dallas Baptist and Northwest will be the first for both teams. The Lady Patriots are 2-1 on a neutral court this season, and sport three players who lead the Heartland Conference statistics. Vickie Mundell holds a 10.71 assists average, Lauren Secord is averaging 1.22 blocks per game and Erin Black is running a 4.93 digs average.

Newman will be looking to avenge a 3-0 loss to Northwest in the Bearcat Classic on Sept. 8. The Jets are 0-7 against MIAA opponents this season, winning only one game in those matches. Jessica Hohn leads Newman with 267 kills, followed by Abbra Tallman's 258 kills. Both Newman and Dallas Baptist are tied for sixth in Heartland Conference standings with a 2-4 record in league play.

Fort Hays State is looking to end a two-match skid to the Bearcats in the first match between the two teams in Hays, Kan. Kelly Thaut leads the MIAA with 5.19 points per game and 4.76 kills per game, sitting 13th nationally in kills. Whitney Miller also leads the conference with 6.39 digs per game and is eighth in Division II.

For more information, please contact:

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

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