Oct. 10, 2008
After 17 Days and Four Matches, Bearcats Return Home
MARYVILLE, Mo. - It's been 17 days since the Northwest Missouri State volleyball (6-13, 3-4) swept Missouri Southern Sept. 23. Tonight, the Bearcats return home to face No. 14 Central Missouri (18-6, 6-2) at 7 p.m. in the final match for UCM head coach Peggy Martin at Bearcat Arena. She will retire at the end of the 2008 season after 33 years and more than 1,000 wins.
Both teams average nearly equal blocking numbers (Northwest - 1.60 per set, Central Missouri 1.59 per set). Paula Harris leads the Jennies with 68 blocks and Amber Ryan leads Northwest with 59 as both teams have seven players with 10 or more blocks this season.
Central Missouri has won 14 matches in 3-0 shutouts and is second in MIAA standings heading into tonight. The Jennies are 4-5 against ranked opponents. Their only loss to an unranked team came Aug. 30 against Alaska-Fairbanks.
While the Bearcats haven't won against the Jennies since 1984, Northwest has taken a set from Central Missouri in three of the past four matches. It's the most in any four-match stretch in program history since Nov. 11, 1983-Nov. 2, 1984, when the Bearcats won five sets and went 2-2.
In the two matches against Central Missouri last season, Paige Spangenberg exceeded her career average with 5.43 digs per set. She is on pace to set the school record with 4.70 digs per set in her career, surpassing the 3.69 record held by MIAA MVP Jill Quast.
Follow all of tonight's five MIAA contests with the Northwest MIAA Scoreboard. All matches begin at 7 p.m.
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