Gorillas fall to Ichabods, beat Emporia State

Dakota Smith | reporter

The Pittsburg State Volleyball team saw success and disappointment in its first two conference matches at home.
That gives them a record of 5-8 overall and 2-3 within the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) play.
Their first match came against No. 15 ranked Washburn on Friday, Sept. 27. Pitt State was defeated 3-1.
The Gorillas dropped the first two sets of the match, 30-28 and 25-17. Pitt State bounced back to win the third set, 25-21, before losing the fourth set, 25-17.
“I thought we were prepared and the focus was very high and you could see it in the effort from the start,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach.
Abbie Smith, senior in accounting and computer information systems, led the Gorillas with 11 kills.

Crystal Whitten, sophomore in nursing, tips the ball to Washburn on Friday, Sept 27

Crystal Whitten, sophomore in nursing, tips the ball to Washburn on Friday, Sept 27

Crystal Whitten, sophomore in nursing, had nine kills and 17 digs for Pitt State.
Hayley Hansford, sophomore in premedical bioloy, led the Gorillas in assists with 37 and Ashlen Schwartz, freshman in communication, led Pitt State in digs with 23.
The Gorillas were outhit .175 to .075.
The Gorillas then took on Emporia State on Saturday, Sept. 28. Pitt State won the match 3-2.
Emporia State took the first set, 25-22. The Gorillas bounced back winning the second and third sets, 25-23 and 29-27.
The Hornets avoided defeat in the fourth set with a win, 25-22, sending the match to the deciding fifth set. Pitt State prevailed, 15-9.
The Gorillas had four players with double-figure kills and were led by Whitten who had a double-double with 18 kills and 11 digs.
Smith and Madison Mosier, undeclared freshman, both had 11 kills and Paula Okrutna, junior in psychology, had 10 kills.
Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 54.
Jordan Rehm, senior in exercise science, led Pitt State with 28 digs. Schwartz had 19 digs and Kirsten Erikson, senior in management and marketing added 15 digs.
“We played the fifth set as cleanly and as best as we could,” Suberu said.
Pitt State has its Alumni Scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 4.
Gorilla volleyball players from as far back as the 1980s will return to compete against the Pitt State team from this year.
Suberu said they are expecting 20-25 players to come back and compete. The format will involve four teams.
The current Gorillas and the alumni will each be split into two teams. It will be a round-robin format with each team playing the other three.
“There will be an opportunity to showcase our new offices,” Suberu said, “and just let the alumni see what this place looks like vs. when they played here. It’s a good homecoming.”
The Gorillas then take on No.4 ranked Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Pitt State will return home on Thursday, Oct. 10, to take on Northwest Missouri State.

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