Aug. 27, 2008
Bearcats Begin Season at Nebraska-Omaha Tournament
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State volleyball starts the season in the hometown of four of its athletes, traveling to Omaha, Neb., for the Nebraska-Omaha/Comfort Inn & Suites and Firewater Grille Tournament. Action begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday for the Bearcats against Michigan Tech from Sapp Fieldhouse.
Rachel Nisi, Katie Swenson, Sara Falcone and Andrea Potter all call Omaha home while Laura Sales will be just across the Missouri River from her hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The Bearcats will look to improve to 4-0 when playing on Aug. 29. The first two matches will be against teams who finished below .500 in 2007, starting with Michigan Tech (9-17) at 2:30 p.m. and Minnesota-Crookston (6-24) at 7 p.m. Both teams are first-time opponents for the Bearcats.
The second day will feature a pair of teams out of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, starting with Minnesota State-Moorhead at 2 p.m. The tournament will end for the Bearcats at 6:30 p.m. that night against Mary. Head Coach Anna Tool is 2-0 against both teams in her Northwest career. She saw both teams in her first weekend of coaching for the Bearcats at the Missouri Southern Invitational in 2006, defeating both in 3-1 matches.
The lone player from the 2006 squad is Amy Bohnker, who combined for 10 kills and 11 blocks as a sophomore against Minnesota State-Moorhead and Mary, hitting .273 in the two matches.
A sweep of all four matches will put Tool into a tie for sixth in all-time coaching records at Northwest with her predeccesor Lori Slight. Slight won 35 matches from 2003-05.
Northwest will need to adapt to slightly different scoring requirements for 2008. In an effort to move towards a system more consistent with international play, the NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules Committee changed the points needed to win a set to 25 for the first four sets. Fifteen will still be required to win a fifth set. The Committee also changed the term "game" to "set".
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