Sept. 19, 2012
Bearcats hold off Tigers in 3-1 win
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State volleyball team knocked off a gritty Fort Hays State team, 3-1, Wednesday evening in their toughest conference match yet this season to remain undefeated in conference play.
The game went back and forth through the first two sets with Northwest taking them both. Abby Graves helped give the Bearcats momentum throughout the game. She had key kills in the second set to help the Bearcats hang on finishing with 16 kills and three service aces in the win.
The Bearcats won 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 to move to 8-4 overall and 4-0 in MIAA play. Fort Hays fell to 8-4 on the year and 2-2 in league play with the loss.
Brooke Bartosh led the team with 19 kills and a .421 attack percentage. Together setters, Dallas Gardner and Kirsten Hudgens totaled 49 assists to pace the offense.
In the third set, Fort Hays went up 9-3 to start the set. The Bearcats could not recover from the deficit as the Tigers took their only set of the match. Fort Hays was led by Sara Hewson and Jenna Ulrich who each totaled 11 kills.
Northwest regained its momentum in the fourth set as the two teams traded points. Graves and Bartosh, who was two kills shy of her career high, rallied the Bearcats to finish off the Tigers for the 25-23 win.
Tori Beckman totaled 21 digs against the Tigers. Going into Wednesday’s game Beckman was ranked second in the conference with 215 digs.
As a team the Tigers were outstanding defensively as they totaled 12 blocks. Kayla Zogelman accounted for six of the blocks. Zogelman also led the Tigers in assists with 29 for the night.
Northwest takes the weekend off before continuing its home stand against perennial league power and nationally ranked Washburn, Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Bearcat Arena. Tipoff from Maryville is set for 7 p.m.
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