KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwest Missouri swept this week’s MIAA volleyball Athletes of the Week awards. The Bearcats’ Maddy Bruder was tabbed as Hitter of the Week for the conference. Maddy Ahrens was selected as the league’s Specialist of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Bruder posted two double-doubles and led Northwest Missouri to a pair of 3-0 road wins including a victory at No. 9-ranked and previously undefeated Washburn. She averaged 4.17 kills and 6.17 digs in the two sweeps. Bruder had 10 kills and a season-high 22 digs in a 3-0 win at Emporia State. The next night, she came back with 15 kills and 15 digs with two block assists in the Bearcat’s first road win at Washburn since October 6, 1999.
Ahrens directed the Bearcats to road wins over Emporia State and No. 9-ranked Washburn. She averaged 13.00 assists and 3.83 digs as Northwest Missouri played only six sets in two victories. Ahrens dished out 40 assists and added 10 digs with three service aces and three kills in a 3-0 win against Emporia State. On Saturday night, she produced another double-double with 38 assists and 13 digs in a 3-0 sweep of previously undefeated Washburn. Ahrens also added a kill and a service ace against the Ichabods.
Northwest (17-5 overall, 9-2 MIAA) will play a trio of road matches this week beginning Tuesday at Missouri Western at 7 p.m., followed by a match Friday at Lindenwood (6 p.m.) and a match Saturday at Central Missouri (3 p.m.).