Nov. 30, 2007
Northwest Volleyball Finishes With Most Wins Since 2000
MA RYVILLE -- The Bearcats finished the 2007 season with a 17-17 overall record (6-7 MIAA), the most wins since 2000. It's also the first time since 2000 that the Bearcats did not have a losing record. Northwest accomplished this while playing 12 ranked opponents and going 16-6 versus non-ranked foes. Second year coach Anna Tool improved on her first campaign and now stands with a 31-36 two-year record.
The Bearcats opened the 2007 season with three straight Classic's, including the first annual Bearcat Classic. At the Nebraska-Kearney Classic Northwest split the four-match tournament, losing one match and winning one match each day. This theme continued into the St. Edward's (Texas) Classic and the Bearcat Classic having Northwest head into conference play with a 6-6 record. The Bearcat Classic started a 11-match home stand, the longest in Northwest history.
The Bearcats opened its MIAA schedule with a 3-0 blanking of Southwest Baptist, before facing five ranked opponents the following 10 days. Northwest upset No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha 3-1 on Sept. 19, holding the Mavericks to a .130 hitting percentage and having four Bearcats record at least 10 kills. South Dakota, Augustana, Truman, Florida Southern, Washburn and Central Missouri all took down the cats in the home stand finishing 5-6.
After the home stand the Bearcats won six of seven matches including a four-match winning streak. Down the stretch, the Bearcats dropped five of seven matches, but qualified for the MIAA postseason tournament for the second consecutive year. Northwest drew No. 17 Emporia State in the first round, but fell 3-0 in Emporia, Kan. to end its 2007 season.
Katie Swenson received MIAA Player of the Week on Nov. 11 for her performance against rival Missouri Western where she averaged 16.33 assists per game and recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 11 digs. Alicia Johnson was awarded Second Team All-MIAA as she recorded 20 double-doubles and led the MIAA in aces per game with 0.60. Sara Falcone and Swenson nabbed Honorable Mention. Johnson Swenson finished third in the MIAA in assists per game finishing with 12.46 and Falcone had 391 kills with a team-best .285 hitting percentage.
Johnson's 3.86 kills per game puts her third on the single season list and her 0.60 aces per game sets a new single season record. Swenson also went into the record books with her 12.46 assist per game average. It's the second best single season performance in Bearcat history and her 1,558 season assists ranks third. As a team, Northwest set a new school record with 15.46 kills per game and 14.29 assists per game.
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