Sept. 20, 2008
Two Double-Doubles Not Enough to Defeat Emporia State
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Facing its second nationally-ranked opponent of the week, Northwest (4-10, 1-2) faired better in winning a set in a 3-1 loss to No. 14 Emporia State (13-1, 3-0) today. The match featured a number of extended rallies, marked by a combined 163 digs.
After eight ties and four lead changes through the first half of the first set, the Hornets used a 9-1 run to take a 19-14 lead. Northwest could only score three more times in dropping the first set 25-17.
The Bearcats and Hornets tied the second set nine times and changed leads six times, the last at 14-14, before Emporia put together a 7-2 run for a 21-16 lead. The Hornets would go on to win 25-19.
Northwest forced an Emporia State timeout after taking a 5-2 lead in the third set. The Hornets would tie the set again at 7-7 before a six-point run sparked by a kill from Amy Bohnker put the Bearcats ahead 13-7. Emporia State would chip at the lead, narrowing it to 23-21, and the Hornets held off a pair of set points before a ball handling error provided the winning Northwest point for a 25-23 set victory.
Emporia State led from start-to-finish in the fourth set, using a 8-1 run to expand an early lead to 16-8. The Bearcats mounted a late five-point rally, forcing a Hornet timeout, but couldn't take the lead in a 25-17 set loss.
Katie Swenson recorded her eighth double-double of the season and fifth in the last six matches with 34 assists and 14 digs. Rachel Nisi earned her third double-double of the year with 10 kills and 11 digs. Bohnker moved up to sixth in career block assists with six today, improving her career total to 235. Paige Spangenberg led all player with a season-high 24 digs.
Northwest remains at home for its next match Sept. 23 against Missouri Southern. The Lions (4-7, 0-2) lost to No. 17 Central Missouri Sept. 19 3-1.
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