Volleyball’s great weekend
Team goes 3-1
Dakota Smith | reporter
The Pitt State Gorillas volleyball team had a great weekend going 3-1 in the Peggy Martin Classic in Warrensburg, Mo., on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14.
The Gorillas got off to a tough start, losing their match to Minnesota State-Moorhead 3-1. The team dropped the first two matches by scores of 25-20 and 25-22 but fought back and won the third set 25-18, then dropped the fourth set 29-27.
Sophomore Crystal Whitten had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Hayley Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 31 and senior Jordan Rehm led Pitt State in digs with 14.
The Gorillas got their first win of the season by sweeping Colorado-Colorado Springs by scores of 25-23, 25-12, 25-23.
Pitt State finished with a .262 hitting percentage.
Whitten again led the Gorillas in kills with 16. Freshman Madison Mosier was second in kills with eight.
Hansford led Pitt State again with 24 assists. Rehm led the Gorillas in digs with 16 and freshman Ashlen Schwartz followed second with 10 digs.
“Our execution, focus and the intensity of not taking time off from play to play was the best we’ve seen since we started this year,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach.
Pitt State continued its success on Saturday, notching two victories.
The first came against No. 23-ranked Ferris State (Mich.)
The Gorillas won the match 3-1 by scores of 21-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16.
Whitten had another double-double with 17 kills and 14 digs. Senior Abbie Smith added 15 kills for the Gorillas. Hansford also had a double-double with 39 assists and 11 digs. Rehm led Pitt State in digs with 21.
The Gorillas also outhit Ferris State .269 to .113.
“The efficiency of our setter play rose this weekend and the setter-hitter connection was at its best, especially in our last two matches,” Suberu said.
Pitt State swept Winona State (Minn.) in its final match of the Classic by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.
Whitten had her third double-double of the weekend with 12 kills and 10 digs. Smith also added nine kills for Pitt State. Hansford led the Gorillas in assists again with 33 and Rehm gave Pitt State 16 digs.
Pitt State will look to continue its success on the road taking on No. 5 ranked Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, Sept. 20, and Fort Hays State on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The Gorillas return home on Friday, Sept. 27, to take on Washburn.