The Pitt State volleyball team played three games over the course of the weekend and the beginning of this week. The first game was on Friday, Oct. 18 against Nebraska-Kearney, but the Gorillas dropped that game (0-3). Game two was against Fort Hays State University on Saturday, Oct. 19 and the team rebounded and won that game (3-0). The third game was against Central Oklahoma on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and the Gorillas won that game as well (3-1).
Head coach Jen Gomez was pleased with the way the team played in all three games.
“Well, I thought we played really hard on Friday against Kearney and I thought we made some good runs but they don’t make a lot of mistakes and we made a few unforced errors,” Gomez said. “… But I thought that we really did a good job then on Saturday carrying over our energy and excitement. We really played a ton better even on Saturday against Hays and was able to get the win in three there, which I think helped us coming into (Tuesday’s) game because we kind of had that momentum and excitement of being at home and playing UCO again and being able to win in four against them and win both times we played in this season against them. That’s a huge thing for our program because they’re just solid.”
Gomez was happy to see improvement in the team’s defense, serving, and blocking.
“Well, I thought that our defense was really good, and I thought we did a much better job blocking,” Gomez said. “So, defense, served aggressively, I really was pleased with that area of our game.”
Gomez hopes to see the team continue to improve in a few aspects of the game.
“I think we don’t need to miss as many serves as we did last night (Tuesday),” Gomez said. “But I really feel like we’ve always got to focus on passing and making sure we’re giving the setter really decent ball to help deliver it to our hitters. I think we just have to continue to be solid on defense and I think that’s really what helps us and pushes us forward.”
A couple of players stood out to Gomez during these games.
“Erika Ivkov, again, she was just on fire,” Gomez said. “She did such a good job this weekend and last night she was great. And then Emily Riegier has really stepped up for us and I was really proud to see that out of her.”
The volleyball team’s next games are against Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Friday, Oct. 25 and Northwest Missouri in Maryville on Saturday, Oct. 26.
“We’re going to Central Missouri on Friday,” Gomez said. “So, we really… want to beat Central Missouri at their place on Friday and I think that if we could do what we did last night (Tuesday) and kind of replicate some of that, I think it’s always hard to play them, but I think if we can get a win out of them, I think that’s gonna put us in a good position for post season…”