May 16, 2008
2008 Northwest Volleyball Schedule Released
MARYVILLE, Mo.-The Northwest Missouri State volleyball team and head coach Anna Tool have announced their 2008 fall schedule. The slate includes a trip to New York, tournaments at Nebraska-Omaha and Missouri Southern and 18 matches against 2007 NCAA tournament teams.
The Bearcats begin 2008 with four matches at Nebraska-Omaha's Comfort Inn & Suites and Firewater Grille Tournament Aug. 29-30. The host-Mavericks aren't on the Bearcats' schedule then, but the teams will meet during MIAA play for the first time. The Mavericks are new to the league this season and will make the trip to Maryville Nov. 5.
NCAA qualifiers Midwestern State and Central Oklahoma are on the Bearcats' slate Sept. 5-6 at Southern's tournament in Joplin, Mo. Drury (Sept. 5) and Dallas Baptist (Sept. 6) round out the Bearcats' schedule.
Northwest will play in the state of New York for the first time in program history Sept. 12-13 when the Bearcats compete at a tournament hosted by Dowling College. The host-Golden Lions were 39-8 a year ago. Northwest will take on tournament participants Bentley (Sept. 12) and Adelphi (Sept. 13) there as well.
The conference season begins at national semifinalist Washburn Sept. 17. The Bearcats open at home Sept. 19 against Fort Hays State. Home matches against Emporia State (Sept. 20) and Missouri Southern (Sept. 23) follow.
The addition of Nebraska-Omaha to the league has forced a change to the conference schedule. Teams will play a home-and-away series against all members of the league for 20 conference games total, up seven from a year ago. Northwest will play its 10 conference foes in the same order it played them the first time through.
Each half of the conference schedule features five home matches and five road matches. Sandwiched in between MIAA play is a match at South Dakota Oct. 2 and an Oct. 28 match against Rockhurst at Bearcat Arena.
Northwest's regular season home finale is Nov. 12 against rival-Missouri Western. The regular season ends two days later against Truman in Kirksville, Mo.
The Bearcats return all seven starters and everyone except defensive specialist Nicole Wojtowicz from a team that finished 17-17 a year ago.
The MIAA continues to be one of the strongest leagues in the nation. Half its 10 teams finished in the top 18 of the final national poll released by CSTV and the AVCA. The addition of UNO means six of 11 members competed in last year's NCAA tournament.
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