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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 7, 2008

MIAA's Top Liberos Meet Tonight in Warrensburg

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - For the 86th time since 1975, Northwest Missouri State (9-21, 6-11) and No. 14 Central Missouri (25-9, 12-5) meet tonight in the most-played series in Bearcat program history. First serve from the UCM Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg, Mo., is 7 p.m.

It will be a meeting of the MIAA's top liberos. Paige Spangenberg leads the conference with 5.43 digs per set while Central's Rachel Fister sits in second with 5.05 per set. Spangenberg needs 24 digs tonight to break the program season record of 618 set by Jill Quast in 1997.

Tonight will be the final match for Central Missouri's Peggy Martin against the Bearcats, as she's set to retire after the conclusion of the 2008 season. Martin is in her 33rd season at Central and leads all-time Division II coaches with 1,060 career victories.

The Bearcat defense will be busy with the MIAA's top serving team as Central averages 1.34 per set. The Jennies are also fifth in Division II with 14.38 kills per set. Allie Huffman leads the Jennies with 3.46 kills per set while Fister averages 0.31 aces per set.

Alex Hanna is averaging 3.58 kills per set in the past five matches and is coming off a career-best .455 hitting performance against Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 5. She's second on the team this season with 2.54 kills per set and will be making her 20th consecutive start tonight.

For more information, please contact:

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

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