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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 20, 2007

Volleyball Signs Three Players

MARYVILLE -- The Northwest Missouri State head volleyball coach Anna Tool has announced the signing of three players for the 2008 season. Minka Foster, Alex Hanna and Brit Bahr will all wear Bearcat green next season and provide depth to a young roster.

Foster, a native of Suffolk, Va., attends Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and competed in the state championship this fall. A three-time all-state selection, Foster won Tidewater Conference Player of the Year her junior season. Foster has also participated in basketball, soccer and track.

"Minka is a very dynamic outside hitter with a big jump," said Tool. "She will push for time at the outside hitting positions and add much needed depth to that position."

Hanna attends Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Iowa. Like Foster, Hanna is also a three-time all-state selection and has played for the Nebraska Elite volleyball club the past four summers. Hanna topped the 1,000 career kills mark this past fall and was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection her junior and senior seasons.

"Alex has the potential to compete as either a middle or outside hitter at the college level," said Tool. "She hits a heavy ball and is expected to challenge for court time as a freshman."

Bahr, comes from Lenexa, Kan., and attends Shawnee Mission West High School. A three-year letterwinner, Bahr was an all-state honorable mention selection in 2007 and an all-league selection her junior and senior seasons. Bahr is also a four-year letterwinner in swimming and basketball and has won six state swimming medals.

"Brit has always played middle but will transition to the right side for us," said Tool. "She will most likely redshirt her first year to gain experience as a right side hitter. She will add depth to our roster and has a very strong work ethic."

Coach Tool is very pleased with the three signees in the early signing period.

"All three players will add quality depth to each position and will make a huge impact in our program," said Tool. "They work extremely hard and expect to be competitive every time they step on the floor. That mentality will fit in well with what we are building here at Northwest."

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