Mueller named new volleyball head coach

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pittsburg State volleyball team has opened up a new chapter in the program’s history book. After 15 years of transforming the Gorillas from a doormat into national qualifiers, head coach Ibraheem Suberu retired on Thursday, Nov. 21. To lead the Gorillas forward, Pitt State picked a familiar face by promoting assistant coach Jenny Mueller to head coach. Mueller was introduced as the new coach on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at John Lance Arena. “It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to move up to head coach,” Mueller said during her introductory press conference. “There are some big shoes to fill.” Mueller has served the last three seasons as the Gorillas’ assistant…

Volleyball ‘kills’ final opponents

First winning season since 2009 Tyler Smith | Sports Reporter The Pitt State volleyball team ended the 2012 season on a high note, routing MIAA opponents Missouri Western and Missouri Southern. The win earned the team its purchase viagra online first winning season since 2009, as it finished 17-13. The Gorillas beat the Griffons in four sets, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25, 25-12. PSU took the first and fourth sets easily, but struggled in sets two and three. Missouri Western was able to take the second set, but they couldn’t keep up with the Gorillas in the third, despite 11 ties and four lead changes. After a 24-23 lead earned by a kill by senior Brooke Fay,…

Gorillas bounce back

Crystal Whitten, freshman outside hitter, spikes the ball over MSSU's defender Nai Montano. The Gorillas beat the Lions in three sets.

Tyler Smith | Sports Reporter The Pitt State volleyball team came into Wednesday’s match against Missouri Southern State University riding a four-game losing streak, yet showed no signs of backing down. The team pounded the Lions in all three sets, winning 25-17, 25-19 and 17-15 in front of a packed house of 1,139 fans. The night was highlighted by PSU newcomer from Pila, Poland, Paula Okrutna as well as senior Brooke Fay for their team-leading performances. Okrutna finished the night with a team-high six service aces and nine digs with only two errors. “That’s definitely a good feeling to come back after last weekend and win in three sets,” Okrutna said. “That was my goal…

Gorillas: first hot, then cold

Chloe Foster of the Pittsburg State University volleball team blocks the ball against Bemidji State University's Courtney Volkmann at Pittburg High School gymnasium on September 1st.

Tyler Smith | Sports Writer The Pitt State Volleyball team was busy last week, playing five different teams with mixed results. The Gorillas won the first three matches over East Central (Okla.), Saint Leo University and Christian Brother. PSU only lost two sets in the three matches combined. Against East Central, Becca Pearson had 26 assists while Hayley Hansford added 17 of her own. Sam Wyatt led the team with 18 digs while Chrystal Whitten had 12. Four players, Brooke Fay, Whitten, Paula Okrutna and Chloe Foster led the team with three blocks each against East Central. Against St. Leo, the Gorillas were dominant offensively, with Okrutna and Fay combining for 30 kills. The final…

Gorillas off to winning start

Tyler Smith – Collegio Sports Reporter The PSU volleyball team started its season hot last weekend, earning four big wins at the Pittsburg State Classic. The women beat Illinois-Springfield, Northwestern State University (Okla.), Bemidji State (Minn.) and William Jewell. They also managed to win all but one set during the four-match tournament. Sophomore Paula Okrutna had an outstanding performance in both matches on the first day, earning 10 kills with only one error on 21 attempts against Illinois-Springfield. Freshman Crystal Whitten added nine kills while junior Christa McCaw finished with a team-high 11 digs. Okrutna also tied with Chloe Foster for the team lead in blocks with four. Okrutna says she was pleased with the…

New year, new court

Wiping the slate clean for 2012 Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter With a new court, the PSU women’s volleyball team sees an opportunity to re-establish the program. The new court took three months to complete and was funded solely by donations from PSU alumni Allan and Roberta Wetzel. Before the remodel, the volleyball and basketball court in the Weede had an indoor track surface with a wooden area in the center for games. Now the entire gym has new hardwood floors, which gives the team more practice space. “A project of this magnitude to be in the completion phase within a three-month window has been incredible,” said Ibraheem Suberu, head volleyball coach. According to Suberu,…