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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 28, 2008

Volleyball Begins Busy Week with Rockhurst Tonight

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - After a long road trip last weekend, Northwest Missouri State volleyball stays at home with three of its four matches this week inside Bearcat Arena, starting with a nonconference match with Rockhurst tonight at 7 p.m. The Hawks (17-10) are second in the west division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

It's the first meeting between the two teams since Oct. 24, 2006, when the Bearcats won the final two sets to claim a 3-2 victory against No. 17 Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo. Northwest is undefeated against the Hawks all-time (3-0) when playing them in Maryville.

Rockhurst leads the GLVC with 2.38 blocks per set, and counts on sophomore middle hitter Emily Levy for 1.14 blocks per set. Northwest is averaging 1.70 blocks per set and is led by Amber Ryan's 0.87 season average. Ryan is seventh among MIAA players in conference-only matches with a 0.96 average.

Paige Spangenberg will need 13 digs tonight to move into seventh in all-time season records. She enters tonight with 474 and is averaging 5.21 digs per set this season to lead the MIAA. Spangenberg earned MIAA Specialist of the Week honors after she averaged 7.45 digs per set and broke the school single-match record with 46 digs at Fort Hays State Oct. 24.

Freshman Andrea Potter has taken over the setting responsibilities as the Bearcats moved back to a 5-1 scheme two matches ago against Fort Hays State Oct. 24. The move allowed Potter to pick up her first career double-double against the Tigers with 49 assists and 14 digs, both career-highs, and then picked up another double-double against No. 9 Emporia State Oct. 25 with 22 assists and 12 digs.

For more information, please contact:

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

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