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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Aug. 31, 2012

Bearcats head to the Sunshine State to tip off the season

MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State women’s volleyball team heads to Florida to open its season at the Hyatt Place Sunshine Classic.

The Bearcats will be taking on Palm Beach Atlantic (30-5) at 1 p.m. and Barry University (11-17) at 5 p.m. On Saturday they will meet up with Saginaw Valley State (18-11) at 2 p.m. and then finish up play at 5 p.m. with Lewis University (25-7).

Northwest was picked seventh out of 13 teams in the conference preseason poll. The fact that the Bearcats are one of the youngest teams in the MIAA makes them a team to watch. Six upperclassmen look to lead the 2012 squad. They return three seniors in Tori Beckman, Alicia Watson and Kelsey Larson. Bridget Hanafin, Mackie Keller and Whitney Mason are the three juniors who round out the upperclassmen. Seven sophomores and five freshmen look to make big contributions early in the season.

Sophomore Abby Graves returns after a stellar freshman campaign which consisted of 298 kills to lead the team. She also started in all 31 matches in 2011.

Beckman returns after recording 571 digs a year ago which was the fifth best single season mark at Northwest.

Northwest opens at home September 14th against conference foe Lindenwood at 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
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