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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 23, 2009

Bearcats Host Pair of Matches This Weekend

MARYVILLE, Mo.- The Bearcat volleyball team is set to play a pair of home matches this weekend in Bearcat Arena as a part of Homecoming weekend. Northwest Missouri State will face Fort Hays State at 7 p.m. on Friday and will finish off the weekend against No. 7 Emporia State at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Northwest defeated Fort Hays in five sets back on Sept. 18 in Hays, Kan. In that match Ashley Mitchell had a career-high 13 kills. Sara Falcone had 10 kills, 17 digs and five total blocks, while Laira Akin led the team with 44 assists and Paige Spangenberg recorded 24 digs in the win.

Emporia State defeated the Bearcats the following night in four sets at Emporia. Falcone led the squad with 18 kills while hitting .361. Amber Ryan chipped in with seven kills, and Akin had 33 assists.

Fort Hays State comes into tonight's match-up led by Lilian Rezende who is third in the league with 3.81 kills per set. Emporia State is led by a pair of All-Americans in outside hitter Arica Shepard and setter Ting Liu. Shepard leads the MIAA in kills per set at 4.31, while Liu leads the league with 11.83 assists per set.

Northwest (11-16, 2-9 MIAA) is coming off of a four-set loss to No. 9 Washburn on Oct. 20 in Topeka, Kan.

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
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