Oct. 2, 2009
Bearcats Win Two on First Day at Washburn Invite
Topeka, Kan. -The Northwest Missouri State volleyball squad got off to a strong start today at the Washburn Invitational in Topeka, Kan. The Bearcats defeated both Tarleton State and Southwest Oklahoma State.
Northwest opened up the day with a hard fought five-set victory over Tarleton State, 25-19, 13-25, 20-25, 25-23 and 16-14. Sara Falcone led three Bearcats in double-digit kills with 15 while hitting .517. Amber Ryan and Alex Hanna had 13 and 12 kills respectively, while Ashley Mitchell and Kelsey Larson each had eight kills. Sophomore setter Laira Akin played through an injury to record a career-high 50 assists in the win. Libero Paige Spangenberg had a season-best 39 digs. Alicia Watson came off the bench to provide a spark and had a career-high four service aces in the match.
Northwest (9-9) would next face Southwestern Oklahoma State to finish the day. It was more of the same in their second match as the Bearcats came away with a 3-1 victory. Northwest took the match by scores of 25-13, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-15. Falcone once again led a balanced Bearcat attack with 12 kills. Ryan added nine, and Mitchell had six, to go along with two solo blocks and two assisted blocks. The Bearcats' defense was stellar holding Southwestern to a .022 hitting percentage and 33 attacking errors.
Monica Roof recorded a career-high 34 assists along with four block assists, while Spangenberg continued here solid receiving efforts with 18 digs. Andrea Potter added 12 digs, and Watson once again had a great match serving, recording three aces. The Bearcats recorded 11 aces as a team.
Day two will provide a couple of tough tests for the Bearcats. Northwest (10-9) will face Southeastern Oklahoma State (13-6) at 9 a.m., and will finish off the tournament against No. 6 West Texas A&M (15-2) at 3 p.m.
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