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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 3, 2009

Comfort INNvitational Preview

Maryvill, Mo. -The Northwest Missouri State volleyball team will host the Comfort INNvitational this Friday and Saturday at Bearcat Arena. The first match of the tournament is set for 10 a.m. The Bearcats will play their matches at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on both days.

Northwest will face Newman first on Friday and will conclude the day against MSU-Moorhead. The Bearcats play Texas A&M-Commerce and Quincy on Saturday.

The Bearcats come in at 3-1 on the season their best start since 2006. Alex Hanna led the Bearcats with 38 kills last weekend at the Christian Brother's Tournament. Sara Falcone and Amber Ryan each added 35. Falcone had 10 aces in the four matches and Ryan hit .438 in the tournament. Sophomore transfer Laira Akin had 151 assists for the weekend in her Bearcat debut, and Paige Spangenberg added 89 digs.

Head Coach Anna Tool is 2-0 against Newman and 1-1 against MSU-Moorhead in her career. Northwest faced MSU-Moorhead last season on Aug. 30, losing 3-0. Falcone led the Bearcats with eight kills, while Ryan added seven. Spangenberg led the team with 15 digs.

Northwest last faced Newman on Oct. 5, 2007. The Bearcats won that match 3-0. Falcone and Ryan led the Bearcats with 13 and 12 kills respectively. Iesha Haskins also chipped in with eight kills. Northwest has not faced Quincy since 2005 and this is the first ever meeting with Texas A&M-Commerce.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468