Volleyball rolling, rolling, rolling
Dakota Smith | reporter
The Pitt State volleyball team has been on a roll of late winning eight of its last nine matches. The Gorillas have an overall record of 14-11, with 4-6 in MIAA play.
PSU’s six-game winning streak was snapped by Missouri Western on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Gorillas lost to the Griffons in four sets by scores of 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23.
Freshman Madison Mosier led the Gorillas in kills with 15 and sophomore Crystal Whitten added 14 kills.
Sophomore Hayley Hansford led Pitt State in assists with 42 and senior Jordan Rehm led in digs with 13.
“Missouri Western played better,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head coach. “We had a few breakdowns in execution of our game plan and that put us in a different rhythm.”
Pitt State was outhit by Missouri Western .290 to .240.
The Gorillas got back on track against Saint Mary on Friday, Oct. 25, winning the match in four sets by scores of 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20.
The Gorillas had three players with double-figure kills. Led by Mosier with 12, junior Paula Okrutna followed with 11, and freshman Maggie Highberger added 10.
Hansford led the Gorillas in assists with 28 and junior Adrienn Amaro had 24. Junior Sam Wyatt led the Gorillas in digs with 13.
PSU outhit Saint Mary .231 to .154.
The next victory for the Gorillas came against the Lindenwood Lions in straight sets by scores of 25-11, 25-22, 25-18.
“The focus from start to finish was very high,” Suberu said.
Mosier again led the Gorillas with 18 kills and was the only Gorilla with double figures in kills.
Hansford also continued to lead the Gorillas in assists with 36. Wyatt and freshman Ashlen Schwartz led Pitt State in digs with 14 a piece.
Pitt State out hit the Lions .307 to .009.
“The communication and intensity were incredible.” Suberu said.
The Gorillas return to the court on Friday, Nov. 1 against the number seven ranked Lopers of Nebraska-Kearney.
The PSU will also take on Fort Hays State on Friday.
“We do believe this will be a fantastic weekend of competition and this team is ready.” Suberu said.