Oct. 31, 2008
Bearcats Start Weekend with No. 18 Pittsburg State
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State volleyball (8-19, 5-9) begins a three-match homestand tonight when No. 18 Pittsburg State (22-6, 8-5) makes the trip to Bearcat Arena. It will be the fourth nationally-ranked opponent to visit Maryville in the last five matches.
The Gorillas are playing to remain in the playoff picture. Pittsurg State currently sits No. 6 in the latest NCAA South Central Regional Rankings released Oct. 29 as one of six MIAA schools in the top has seven positions, with the Lone Star Conference claiming the other two spots to round of the field of eight teams. But's it still a race to finish in the top seven, since whoever sits eighth will most likely be left out of the postseason, as the Heartland Conference does not have a team in the top 10 and must be represented based on automatic qualification.
Northwest is looking to snap a three-match losing streak and upset its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season, something it's managed to do in each of Head Coach Anna Tool's first two seasons. The Bearcats hold a 23-20-1 advantage in the overall series, but haven't won since Sept. 29, 2004.
Paige Spangenberg will continue her climb up the season dig charts tonight. She stands in fifth with 517 digs this season and needs 26 to tie Jill Quast for fourth. If Spangenberg records 27 digs, she'll move into a tie for third with Stacy Hoeslcher, and 28 digs will move her alone into third in all-time records.
Spangenberg is currently leading the MIAA with 5.28 digs per set and will need to be quick in the backcourt to stop Pittsburg State. The Gorillas lead the MIAA in all three offensive categories (hitting percentage, assists, kills) and are second in national statistics behind defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul in kills and assists.
Amy Bohnker can also make a move up the career records in total blocks tonight. She stands in ninth all-time at 299, one short of Lindsey Remmers' 300.
Fans in attendance night are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume for a chance to win a prize. Fans unable to attend can still follow the game with video, and monitor the other three MIAA contests tonight through the MIAA Scoreboard.
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