The Pitt State volleyball team played two games over the weekend. The first game was against Washburn on Friday, Nov. 8 and the Gorillas lost that game (0-3). They managed to make a comeback on Friday, Nov. 9 against Emporia and won that game (3-1).
Head coach Jen Gomez admits that the team didn’t play very well against Washburn but was happy to see the team bounce back and win the game against Emporia.
“I think that (the) Washburn (game), we just didn’t show up and we did not play very well at all and I don’t really know what to say about it other than it just wasn’t a good game all the way around,” Gomez said. “So, we talked about just needing to bounce back and play well against Emporia on Saturday and I thought we really did a good job of that. (We) came out strong against Emporia and really kind of stepped up our game. We were very aggressive throughout that match and I really felt like we definitely did a complete 180 from Friday night’s game. So, I was happy to see that.”
According to Gomez, the team still has to work on their blocking.
“Well.., you can always continue to work on your ball control..,” Gomez said. “I think, again, we got better at blocking during that game and the blocking was better but… for this weekend coming up on the road, we need to make sure that our blocking is significantly improved from what we played this weekend. I think just offensively, we just need to score faster.”
In the game against Emporia, sophomore Morgan Henning, sophomore Claire Sandvig, and freshman Moyra Zulaica Casillas each had 10 kills apiece and junior Emily Regier had seven. Henning added four aces. Sophomore Brianna Richard had 22 assists, freshman Laura Willoughby had 16, sophomore Marissa Bates had six, and sophomore Meg Auten had two. Bates had a total of 18 digs, freshman Addison Weybrew had ten, Zulaica Casillas had nine, and Willoughby had eight.
A couple of players stood out to Gomez over the weekend.
“I think that Addison Weybrew, number 18 (and) my freshman, she really stepped up and played well this weekend,” Gomez said. “I thought that our setters did a good job, I thought that Claire Sandvig, number 10, kind of stepped up and came up in a big way for us. So, I was happy to see that.”
Gomez hopes to see the team continue to improve.
“Well, these are our last two conference games coming up this weekend before we head to the tournament, so I really want to just see us playing our best volleyball right now,” Gomez said. “I want to see us being consistent. I don’t (want to) see us have any lapses. I want us to just be very focused, very aggressive, and very consistent.”
The volleyball team is quickly approaching the end of the regular season, with only two games left before the post season tournament begins. The last two games of the regular season are against Fort Hays State University on Friday, Nov. 11 in Hays at 12 p.m. The last game is against Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Kearney at 6 p.m. Both games are conference games.