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Marissa Bates, sophomore defensive specialist, prepares to set up her teammate in the game against Missouri Western. The game took place at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2. Kamryn Kelley

Volleyball defeated by Missouri Western

The volleyball team played a game against Missouri Western on Saturday, Nov. 2 but the Gorillas lost that game (1-3). This was the last home game of the season.  

Head volleyball coach Jen Gomez took note of the chances the team had to score, but ultimately was proud of the team for the way they played.  

“It was a really close game..,” Gomez said. “I think that we had opportunities in the first set to win. We won the third and I think we had opportunities; we had several opportunities to gain points in the fourth. But, (we) just made too many errors right when it counted. But I was proud of the way our kids played and we were without our other starting setter, Laura Willoughby, who was out of town for her brother’s wedding. So, we changed our offense and we played hard.”  

During the game, senior Erika Ivkov had a game high 16 kills, sophomore Meg Auten had 14 kills, junior Emily Regier had eight kills, and sophomore Morgan Henning had seven kills. Regier had three blocks and Auten and Henning each had one a piece. Ivkov also added one ace. sophomore Brianna Richard had 29 assists in total, sophomore Marissa Bates had 22 total assists, freshman Addison Weybrew had four assists, and Henning had one. Ivkov had 22 digs, Weybrew had 18 digs, Bates had 14 digs, and Richard had 10 digs.  

Gomez saw things that the team did well and was proud of several members of the team.   

“I thought our defense was really good,” Gomez said. “I thought that we served amazingly tough.  Moyra Zulaica Casillas, a freshman from Houston, came in and served and played great defense in the back row. I thought Addy Weybrew played great defense. Marissa Bates went from libero to a setter for us and played hard. And then we celebrated our senior, Erika Ivkov. It was her last home game as a senior and I thought she played hard and played pretty well.”  

The Gorillas are steadily approaching the end of the season with only four more games left in the regular season. The next game is against Washburn University in Topeka on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. After that, the team will take on the Emporia State University Hornets in Emporia on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.  

“I think that I’d like for us to, like I said, finish when we have the opportunity,” Gomez said. “I’d like us to continue being tough servers and good on defense. But I’d like to see a little bit more offense from us.”   

After the games against Washburn and Emporia, the Gorillas have two games left in the regular season. The second to last game is against the Fort Hays State University Tigers. The game will be in Hays and is set to begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. The last game is against Nebraska-Kearney in Kearney. That game is on Saturday, Nov. 16 and is set to begin at 6 p.m. 

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