Oct. 7, 2008
Bearcats Return to Omaha to Face UNO in MIAA Action
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Football posted a 42-0 shutout at No. 5 Nebraska-Omaha Sept. 27. Soccer upended the No. 4 Mavericks 2-1 last Saturday. Now the volleyball team gets its first chance at the Mavericks as Northwest travels to Nebraska-Omaha for an Oct. 8 meeting in Sapp Fieldhouse. The Bearcats won the last meeting against the two in 3-1 fashion, and will try to post back-to-back wins against the Mavericks for the first time in program history.
Nebraska-Omaha has been alternating wins and losses since Sept. 13. Its last match was a 3-1 loss to Emporia State Sept. 27, and the Mavericks will have a 10-day rest before welcoming the Bearcats. Northwest also spent last week with a light schedule in comparison to other MIAA teams with a trip to South Dakota Oct. 2. Eight other conference teams were involved in regional crossovers last weekend.
Sara Falcone led Northwest with 16 kills and a .312 hitting percentage in the upset win against the No. 18 Mavericks in 2007. She's one of four Bearcats - the others being Rachel Nisi, Alex Hanna and Iesha Haskins - who are hitting better on the road than at home this season.
The Mavericks lead the MIAA with 18.03 digs per set, and are led by junior libero Kayla Jansen who is 31st in Division II with 4.72 digs per set. Paige Spangenberg is 53rd in the division with 4.52 digs per set, which is on pace for third in season records.
A win would move head coach Anna Tool alone into fifth in all-time Northwest coaching victories with 38. A win would also make her the first coach in Bearcat history to win twice against Nebraska-Omaha since Pam Stanek won three times from 1977-81.
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