The volleyball team played three games this past weekend and into this week. On Friday, Oct. 11, the Gorillas played Emporia and won that game (3-2) but dropped the next two games against Washburn on Saturday, Oct. 12 (0-3) and Missouri Southern Tuesday, Oct. 15 (0-3).
Head coach Jen Gomez was happy with the result of the game against Emporia but admits there were moments that the team “didn’t do as well.”
“I was okay with how we played on Friday against Emporia,” Gomez said. “I think that there were times when we did a really good job of executing our offense… But I thought that it was good that we were able to persevere and push through it and win that match because that was a match we really had to win. I really thought that we played pretty well against Washburn in the first two sets and then all the sudden it was like… we just couldn’t put it together. So, I’m not really sure what happened there. I was hoping that we would have regrouped and bounced back and been able to come out and play pretty well at Southern and I think… had we won the second set against Missouri Southern last night it would’ve been a different outcome. We’ve got some things to work on still.”
Gomez was pleased with the way the team played, more specifically the way the girls served.
“I thought we served pretty aggressively,” Gomez said. “I thought that Morgan Henning and Erika Ivkov played really well on Friday and Saturday and…. I thought that last night (Tuesday, Oct. 15) Morgan was pretty much unstoppable again and I’m just really pleased (with) the way that I’m seeing her just become such a great leader for our team and she just steps up when we need her all the time.”
According to Gomez, blocking has been a constant area that needs improvement and she said she hopes to see the team make sure head way in that aspect.
“… I think we have to work on our blocking because I didn’t think it was very good and I think, defensively, we have to be a little bit more patient in the back row,” Gomez said. “…Kearney’s coming to town on Friday and then we’ve got Fort Hays on Saturday. We just need to raise our level of play.”
A few players stood out to Gomez during these games.
“I thought Marissa Bates played pretty well,” Gomez said. “I thought she did a good job as far as defense and… passing… I think our setters are… trying as hard as they can to dish the ball to the right hitters. I still think that Morgan is such a standout for us.”
The Gorilla’s next game is a home game on Friday, Oct. 18 against Nebraska-Kearney.
“I want to see us compete hard against Kearney,” Gomez said. “Kearney’s leading our conference now, they’re undefeated. So, I think it’s (going to) be a battle but I want us to just come out and I want us to compete and I want us to play consistent all the way through, is what I would really like to see, instead of this up and down.., in and out, consistency mode. I want to see it all the same from start to finish.”