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Freshman defensive specialist, Addison Weybrew, hits the floor to save the ball from hitting the court. Gorillas fall 7-4 overall after being taken down by the Rockhurst Hawks Tuesday, Sept. 24. Hannah Meier

Volleyball defeats UCO, loses to Rockhurst

The volleyball team played two games over the last week. The first game was against Central Oklahoma on Friday, Sept. 20 and the team won (3-1). The next game was against Rockhurst on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and the team dropped that game (0-3).  

Head volleyball coach Jen Gomez was pleased with the way the team played on Friday at UCO but admits that the team “struggled” throughout the game against Rockhurst.  

“Well, I thought last Friday was good (and) I thought we played pretty consistently,” Gomez said. “I thought we did a nice job (of) controlling the game and then, of course, winning. Any time you can beat Central Oklahoma, that’s a good thing. Then, when we played tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 24), I just don’t think we executed very well, and I didn’t think we made very good adjustments, so we struggled tonight.”  

Gomez noticed things the team did well in both games.  

“Last week, I thought that… our outside played really well last week at Central Oklahoma and I thought that our defense was really good, and we served tough and took them out of their offense,” Gomez said. “So, I thought was really good… Then tonight, I thought we actually passed really well, and I thought our defense was good. We just couldn’t block, and our setter-hitter connection struggled tonight.”  

The main thing that Gomez hopes to see the team improve upon is adjustments.   

“We’ve got a lot we’ve got to work on before we play Friday against Northwest Missouri,” Gomez said. “… We just have work on making better adjustments faster.”  

In the match against UCO, sophomore Meg Auten had 17 kills and one block. Senior Erika Ivkov had 11 kills, two aces, and one block. Sophomore Claire Sandvig had 10 kills and four blocks. Sophomore Morgan Henning had nine kills and three blocks. Sophomore Marissa Bates and freshman Addison Weybrew each had 19 digs and freshman Laura Willoughby Ivkov each had 13 digs. Willoughby had 28 assists, sophomore Brianna Richard had 18, Bates had eight, and freshman Maya Bascom had one.  

In the game against Rockhurst, Ivkov had 15 kills and one ace, Henning had nine kills and one ace, sophomore Hope White had nine kills, and Auten had six. Ivkov had 17 digs, Weybrew had 13, Willoughby had eight, and Bates had seven. Willoughby had 23 assists, Richard had 14, and Bates and Weybrew each had one.  

A couple of players stood out to Gomez during the games on Friday and Tuesday.   

“Erika Ivkov stood out to me last week and tonight,” Gomez said. “I thought she did a great job. I thought Addison Weybrew played well and did a great job as far as defensively. Those two have stood out to me consistently.”  

Gomez hopes to see the team bounce back after losing against Rockhurst.  

“I want to see us play more consistent as far as not making so many unforced errors and I want to see us be a better blocking team because I don’t think we were..,” Gomez said. 

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