Oct. 24, 2008
Three Earn Double-Doubles; Spangenberg Breaks Dig Record in Five Set Win Against Fort Hays State
HAYS, Kan. - Three Bearcats recorded double-doubles, two for the first time in their careers, and Paige Spangenberg broke the program single-match digs record as Northwest defeated Fort Hays State in five sets tonight at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Northwest took an early lead in the first set at 9-3 off five kills from four players, but Fort Hays State chipped at the lead to tie the set at 23-23. The Bearcats held off two set points, the last at 26-26, before back-to-back kills by Amber Ryan gave Northwest at 28-26 victory to go ahead in the match 1-0.
The Northwest defense combined for eight blocks and 33 digs in the first set. Ryan recorded five block assists and Spangenberg dug the ball 14 times to lead all players.
The Bearcats led start-to-finish in the second set and hit .346 for a 25-17 victory. Iesha Haskins and Alex Hanna led all players with four kills and combined to hit .727.
Fort Hays State and Northwest tied 13 times in the third set and the Bearcats took a brief 17-15 lead, but five errors allowed the Tigers to win the set at 25-23.
The Tigers won the fourth set 25-19 on a 6-1 rally to tie that match at 2-2 and force their second straight-straight five-set match.
Fort Hays State continued the momentum and took an early 3-0 lead. After a timeout, the Bearcats went on a 5-1 run to take their first lead of the set at 5-4. The Tigers regained the lead and held a two-point cushion through 11-9 before Northwest used a 6-1 run to claim its first five-set match of the season with a 15-12 set victory.
Andrea Potter recorded her first career double-double with 49 assists and 14 digs, both career-highs, in her second start of the conference season. Sara Falcone earned her first career double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs and added a career-matching six blocks. Ryan picked up her third double-double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs while making six blocks. Hanna led Northwest with 14 kills, her best mark in MIAA play.
Spangenberg made a program-record 46 digs, surpassing the previous best of 37 set by Becky Brown in 1993. Spangenberg now stands with 458 digs this season, good for ninth in all-time records and is on pace to become the first Bearcat to average more than five digs per set with a 5.20 average.
Up Next: The Bearcats backtrack through Kansas to make a stop at No. 9 Emporia State Oct. 25 for 7 p.m. match. The Hornets swept Missouri Western in three sets earlier tonight.
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