Numbers favor volleyball in Joplin
Dakota Smith | reporter
The Pittsburg State volleyball team finished a great weekend at the Missouri Southern Tournament on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, going 3-0. The Gorillas are currently 9-10 overall and 3-5 in MIAA play.
The week did not start off well for Pitt State when it took on Northwest Missouri State at home on Oct. 10.
Pitt State lost the match 0-3 by scores of 25-18,25-20,25-20.
Sophomore Crystal Whitten had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. She was the only Gorilla with double figure kills.
Sophomore Hayley Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 29 and senior Jordan Rehm led the Gorillas in digs with 15.
The Gorillas were outhit by the Bearcats .290 to .145.
“We were not as cohesive and our ball control was not where we thought it would be,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach.
The Gorillas then traveled to Joplin for the Missouri Southern Tournament. The first two matches for the Gorillas on Friday left them victorious.
In the first match against East Central the Gorillas swept the match by scores of 25-16, 25-10, 25-11.
Freshman Madison Mosier led the team with nine kills, while Whitten added eight and junior Paula Okrutna added seven.
Hansford had a double-double for Pitt State with 31 assists and 10 digs. Rehm led the Gorillas in digs with 12.
Pitt State held East Central to a negative hitting percentage, outhitting them .298 to -.056.
“We had great communication and great team focus,” Suberu said.
The Gorillas’ next match against Arkansas Tech went well with the Gorillas winning in four sets with scores of 25-21, 21-25, 25-19,25-21.
Whitten led the Gorillas in kills with 16 and Okrutna added 13.
Hansford led the team in assists with 36, while Rehm led the Gorillas in digs with 16.
A big difference in the match was the total number of errors. PSU had 16 total errors while Arkansas Tech had 44.
The Gorillas’ final match of the tournament on Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma had the Gorillas winning in four sets by scores of 25-13, 25-18, 24-26, 25-19.
Pitt State had three players with double-doubles in the match. Whitten had 19 kills and 11 digs, Hansford had 49 assists and 14 digs and Mosier had 11 kills and 17 digs.
The Gorillas outhit Southwestern Oklahoma .255 to .136.
Suberu says these wins were important after coming off a loss.
“It shows us that within a short time that this team can refocus,” Suberu said.
Pitt State will take to the road this weekend for St.Louis, Mo. The Gorillas will play William Jewel at 2 p.m. and Maryville at 6 p.m.