Sept. 14, 2011
No. 22 Hornets sweep Bearcats, 3-0
EMPORIA, Kan. - Senior Alex Hanna finished with a game high 16 kills, but it was not enough for the Northwest Missouri State volleyball team as they fell, 3-0 to 22nd-ranked Emporia State Wednesday night at White Auditorium in MIAA play.
The Bearcats who have now lost three straight fell to 3-6 on the season and 0-1 in MIAA play. Northwest fell, 25-19, 25-21, and 25-20 as the Hornets improved to 6-3 and 1-0 in conference play as they snapped a two game losing streak.
Northwest hung with ESU early on, but a, 12-5 run by the home team forced a Bearcat timeout as they trailed, 22-15. Back-to-back points by the Bearcats' Hanna and Brooke Bartosh would force an ESU timeout before they finished the first set on a 5-1 run, winning 25-19.
The Hornets would again control the second set early on, but the Bearcats would refuse to go quietly. A kill from Hanna would pull the Bearcats within one at, 13-12 and followed by a Bartosh pulling Northwest even at, 15-15. Hanna would also finish with a .414 hitting percentage leading the Bearcats.
However, ESU would get four straight points from Paige Vanderpool breaking the tie and taking the second set, 25-21.
The third set would again be all Emporia St. as Northwest would make a late run to pull within, 21-19 after an ESU error. The Bearcats would get no closer in the set falling, 25-20 in the final set as Laira Akin recorded her third double-double of the season notching 36 assists and 10 digs in the loss.
The Bearcats return home to continue MIAA play against their second consecutive nationally ranked opponent hosting Washburn on Tuesday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m. from Bearcat Arena.
Northwest will also host a Green and White scrimmage this Friday night inside Bearcat Arena starting at 7 p.m.
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