Nov. 11, 2008
Northwest Completes Sweep of Southwest Baptist with Five Set Win
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win the final three sets and earn a sweep of Southwest Baptist (12-16, 4-11) tonight in Bearcat Arena. After dropping the first two sets 26-24 and 29-27, Northwest (9-20, 6-10) won 25-18, 25-19 and 15-8 in the final three.
Northwest remains undefeated against Southwest Baptist all-time in Bearcat Arena, improving to 14-0.
Southwest Baptist took the lead in the first set at 14-8 after a six-point rally. After earning set point at 24-19, Northwest made five straight points, four off kills from Amber Ryan, to tie the set at 24-24. Southwest Baptist used a pair of kills to win the first set 26-24.
After Southwest Baptist scored the first six points of the second set, the two teams traded points up to 12-6. Northwest used an 8-2 run to tie the set at 14-14. The green Bearcats had set point four times at the end, but two kills from Ashley Jurgensmeyer and an attack error from Alex Hanna allowed Southwest Baptist to take a 2-0 lead in the match with a 29-27 win.
Northwest hit .324 in the third set as Ryan led all players with four kills during the frame as the green Bearcats won 25-18. Katie Swenson made all the Northwest assists with 14 in her return to the setting role.
A 5-1 Northwest run in the fourth set broke a 13-13 tie and another three-point swing opened up a 21-17 lead that held to a 25-19 Northewst victory to force a fifth set. Paige Spangenberg made 11 digs in the set and Swenson made 13 assists as Rachel Nisi and Sara Falcone each led Northwest with four kills.
Southwest Baptist committed four attack errors within the first six serves as Northwest took an early 5-1 lead in the fifth set. Northwest made five straight kills, three from Alex Hanna, to take a 10-3 advantage and held for a 15-8 victory and the second five-set win of the season.
Spangenberg averaged 7.4 digs per set to end the night with 37, the second-highest total in Bearcat Arena history. She also improved her career total to 1,174 and move into eighth in all-time records.
Ryan and Falcone each recorded their second-straight double-doubles, as Ryan made 12 digs and a career-high 23 kills and Falcone tallied a season-high 17 kills and matched her career-best with 17 digs. Hanna added 14 kills for her fourth-straight match with 10 or more kills. Nisi missed out on the double-double with nine kills and 10 digs.
Amy Bohnker made six kills, four assists, a pair of service aces, 17 digs and four blocks to combine for a season-high 10 points. She was honored prior to the match as the team's lone senior.
Swenson made a season-best 58 assists after entering the match midway through the first set. She picked up her 11th double-double of the season and 26th of her career with 12 digs.
Up Next: Northwest remains at home to host Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The Mavericks lost tonight 3-0 at No. 8 Emporia State.
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