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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 26, 2008

Northwest Heads South to Continue MIAA Play

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - After a brief three-match homestand, Bearcat volleyball heads south to begin a five-match road stretch, starting with No. 17 Pittsburg State tonight at 7 p.m. Northwest then makes the trip to Bolivar, Mo., for a 1 p.m. meeting with Southwest Baptist tomorrow.

Northwest has won 10 straight matches against Southwest Baptist dating back to 2003, half in 3-0 shutouts. Sara Falcone and Amy Bohnker both have hit greater than .300 against the purple Bearcats in their career. Rachel Nisi averaged 4.71 kills per set and Katie Swenson averaged 15.29 assists per set in the two matches against Southwest Baptist in 2007.

The Gorillas have won the past five meetings with Northwest, but the Bearcats continue to lead the overall series 23-20-1. In the last five matches against Pittsburg State, Northwest has averaged nine blocks and a .211 hitting percentage.

Pittsburg State's Linda Igbingie has 514 career blocks and needs two tonight to move into eighth in MIAA records. The Gorillas are ranked third in national statistics with 13.40 assists per set and 14.38 kills per set.

Southwest Baptist is averaging 2.33 blocks per set, led by Ashley Jurgensmeyer with 1.17 per set. The purple Bearcats are second in the MIAA and 17th in Division II in blocking.

A win this weekend moves Head Coach Anna Tool into a tie for fifth in Northwest career coaching records with Cathie Schulte. Tool has 36 career Northwest coaching victories.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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