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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Aug. 3, 2011

Bearcats Picked Sixth in MIAA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Bearcat volleyball team was picked to finish sixth on Wednesday while two-time defending champion Central Missouri earned the top pick as announced by the league office.

Northwest Missouri State is coming off its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance behind second year head coach Jessica Rinehart.  The Bearcats earned an at-large bid to the NCAA South Central Region tournament where they fell in the first round to Washburn.

The Jennies were picked to win their third MIAA Title by earning all nine coaches votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.)  Washburn received the remaining first place vote and was picked second followed by Truman, and Emporia State also NCAA Tournament participants. 

Pittsburg State rounds out the top five followed by the Bearcats and Missouri Southern while rival Missouri Western checks in at No. 8.  Southwest Baptist was picked ninth and Fort Hays State at No. 10.

Northwest opens the season Sept. 2, at the Nebraska-Omaha Showcase with MIAA play starting September 20, when the Bearcats host Washburn at Bearcat Arena.

2011 MIAA Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll|
1. Central Missouri (9) - 81 pts.
2. Washburn (1) - 73 pts.
3. Truman - 65 pts.
4. Emporia State - 50 pts.
5. Pittsburg State - 47 pts.
6. Northwest Missouri - 39 pts.
7. Missouri Southern - 34 pts.
8. Missouri Western - 30 pts.
9. Southwest Baptist - 22 pts.
10. Fort Hays State - 9 pts.


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

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