Nov 22, 2019 6:42 AM

Griffons get swept by Northwest in opening round of MIAA volleyball tournament

Posted Nov 22, 2019 6:42 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The third time was not a charm for the Missouri Western volleyball as they lost in three sets to Northwest Missouri State in the opening round of the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City Thursday. The Griffons end their season 17-13 as they lost all three matches in 2019 to the Bearcats.

After two five-set thrillers with their rivals in the regular season, Missouri Western dropped the first set 25-12, the second 25-18 and the third 27-25. The Griffons hit .068 in the first with a 29 sideout percentage. Missouri Western kept the second close until the Bearcats closed out the set outscoring MWSU 10-4. The back-and-forth third set included eight ties and six lead changes. Sam Duncan got a Griff rally going in the third, serving on five points of a 6-0 run for the Griffs. With Northwest leading 23-20 in the third, MWSU scored four straight to give MWSU the serve on the first game point. The teams traded points back and forth until the Bearcats ended it with back-to-back kills.


  • Northwest had 10 more kills (47) than the Griffs and recorded six aces to MWSU's three.
  • The Bearcats hit .267 in the match with the Griffons hitting .129.
  • No Griffons reached double-digit kills; Karly Tharp led the team with eight and had 10 digs.
  • Danielle Moje had seven kills with three in each of the final two sets and two blocks.
  • Alie Kerns and Ali Tauchen each had six kills with Tauchen adding 16 digs and two blocks.
  • Tiana Butler led the team with 18 digs.
  • Lauren Murphy had 25 assists.

Northwest Missouri advanced to face top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Nebraska Kearney in the MIAA semifinals on Saturday.

--- MWSU Athletics ---

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Nov 22, 2019 6:42 AM
No. 1 Bearcats rout William Jewell 102-59

MARYVILLE, Missouri - The No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State University men's basketball team toppled the visiting William Jewell Cardinals, 102-59.

The Bearcats won for the 44th straight time and shot a blistering 59.4 percent from the field, which included 15-of-29 from three-point range (51.7%) in front of 1,323 fans in Bearcat Arena. Northwest has shot 55.6 percent or better in five of its six games this season. The Cardinals were held to 37.7% shooting from the field. The Cardinals made only 5-of-21 shots from the arc (23.8%).

The Bearcat blitz happened early and often as the home squad built a 29-8 lead barely 10 minutes into the contest. Northwest would lead by as may as 24 in the first half in building a 45-23 cushion over William Jewell.

The onslaught continued in the second half as Northwest led by as many as 45 at 93-48 with 4:32 to play in the game.

Northwest's bench provided quite a boost on Thursday as the trio of Luke Waters, Daric Laing and Jaran Richman combined to make 9-of-11 from beyond the three-point arc. Waters was 4-of-5 from distance, Laing went 3-of-4 and Richman buried both of his long-range jumpers. The Bearcat bench outscored the Cardinal bench, 29-20.

Not to be upstaged, the Bearcats starters did damage as well. Diego Bernard notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists and two steals. Trevor Hudgins earned a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists paired with three steals. Ryan Hawkins poured in 19 points and added three steals.

Northwest (6-0 overall) will return to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Illinois-Springfield in Bearcat Arena.

NOTES: Northwest reached the 100-point mark for the 12th time under head coach Ben McCollum ... Northwest has scored 92 or more points four times this season ... the Bearcats improved to 111-9 in home games since the start of the 2011-12 season ... Northwest has defeated William Jewell seven straight times and holds a 27-15 lead in the all-time series vs. the Cardinals ... Northwest has won 28 straight games in the month of November ... Ryan Welty was 2-of-2 from three-point range to improve his career mark to 196-of-383 (.512), which is the best among active NCAA Division II three-point field goal shooters.