Sept. 7, 2013
Volleyball Finishes Weekend with Two VictoriesGame 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score
WINONA, Minn. – The Northwest Missouri State volleyball team captured two victories on Saturday afternoon on the last day of the Winona State Tournament at McCown Gymnasium. The Bearcats swept both St. Joseph’s College and Upper Iowa, 3-0.
"I think we played a lot more poised and confident today," said head coach Amy Woerth. "We were much more in control of the situations today and we came out much more focused. After Friday, we went back to the goals we set for the season and really focused on some of the smaller goals and I think it showed today. We wanted to be more consistent, win three rallies at a time and force them into situations when we were serving."
St. Joseph’s never made it past the 17 point barrier as Northwest cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first match of the day. Freshman Miranda Foster paced the Bearcats with a game-high 13 kills. Senior setter Bridget Hanafin recorded 31 assists and junior Bailey Vance had a game-best 19 digs. Sophomore Shelby Duren had four service aces and 13 digs. Junior Kirsten Hudgens had three service aces and senior Mackie Keller recorded three blocks.
In the evening match, the Bearcats held of a third set rally from Upper Iowa but were able to complete the sweep, winning by scores of 25-22, 25-15 and 26-24. Duren led the team with 13 kills and Hanafin added 33 assists to her weekend total to go along with two service aces. Defensively, Keller led the way with five total blocks and Vance recorded a game-high 18 digs. Foster finished her first collegiate tournament with a 12-dig, six-kill performance. In four matches, Foster recorded 47 kills and 46 digs.
Duren, for her four-match performance, was named to the all-tournament team. She recorded 43 total kills, 39 digs, six service aces and hit .234 combined.
The Bearcats will compete in the Sioux Falls Tournament starting Friday, Sept. 13, in South Dakota. Northwest will face Minot State, St. Cloud State, Augustana (S.D.), and Sioux Falls.
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