Gorillas finding their groove

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Lauren Brentlinger prepares to spike the ball against St. Mary Saturday Sept. 24. Photo by:William Ravenstein/Collegio

Alexandria Mott | Collegio Reporter

This past weekend was filled with wins for the Pittsburg State volleyball team. Friday, Sept. 23, Pitt State traveled to Bolivar, Mo., and defeated Southwest Baptist University in a hard-fought battle. The Gorillas took the match to five sets with scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 13-25, 15-13. Saturday, the Gorillas returned to Pittsburg and took on St. Mary, where they won in three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-13, 25-18.

Friday’s match proved to be a difficult test for Pitt. Although the Bearcats posted more kills, blocks, digs and earned a higher hitting percentage than the Gorillas, Pitt was able to take advantage of key opportunities and score points when they needed to.

Sophomore setter Rebecca Pearson says she was pleased with the win, but playing as they did last weekend won’t usually result in a win.

“We have had minor hitting percentages compared to other teams,” Pearson said. “Everyone not doing their job consistently could hold us back.”

Despite the Gorillas’ low hitting percentage, Pearson said that Pitt’s offense has been pulling through fo

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“We are scoring points on teams,” Pearson said. “We are executing the right way with the right system.”

Freshman Morgan Voorhes led the Gorillas in kills, with the team’s first 20 kill performance of the season. Voorhes also added 16 digs, earning herself another double-double. Pearson also earned a double-double with 44 assists and 19 digs. Sophomore Lauren Brentlinger helped the team as well with 17 kills.

Pittsburg State carried the momentum from Friday’s match into Saturday. The team’s problem of having a low hitting percentage was not present in the match against St. Mary. Pitt earned a .330 and helped St. Mary to -.009.

Leah Flynn led the team with nine kills. Brentlinger added seven, while Voorhes and sophomore Kirsten Erikson each contributed six. Sophomore Katie Wright led the team in assists with 18 and Pearson added 16. Voorhes had the highest number of digs with 15 and Krista McCaw also added 11. Senior Kelley Bugler led the team in blocks with six, while Brentlinger added five.

The Gorillas have a lot of momentum that they are hoping to carry into their upcoming matches. Adding two wins to their record in competitive matches could give the Gorillas the edge they need to continue their winning streak.

Pitt State, now 4-10 overall, will host the nine-team Holiday Inn Express/Comfort Inn and Suites Regional Challenge on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The Gorillas will face off against West Texas A&M at 11:30 a.m. and Central Missouri at 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Pitt State will play St. Edwards at 11 a.m. and Newman at 5 p.m.

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