The volleyball team played three games over the weekend and into this week.
The Gorillas defeated Newman on Friday, Apr. 2 at home (3-2). The team carried their momentum onto the next game against Central Oklahoma on Saturday, Apr. 3 and won again (3-2). Following that, the Gorillas dropped a game against Central Missouri at home on Tuesday, Apr. 6 (1-3).
Against Newman, the Gorillas started the game off and took the first set from the Jets (25-16). The Gorillas lost the following two sets (18-25, 16-25). They bounced back to take the fourth and fifth sets (25-10, 25-13).
Against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, the Gorillas took the first set (25-16) but struggled in the second set and lost it (25-10). The Gorillas couldn’t pick up the third set and lost that one as well (25-19). In the fourth set, the Gorillas bounced back, picking up the win (25-22) to tie the game 2-2. The Gorillas struggled initially in the fifth set and trailed 9-2 but managed to overcome to the deficit and take the last set to win the game (16-14).
Against the Central Missouri Jennies, the Gorillas lost the first set (14-25). The Gorillas lost the second set as well (22-25). Pitt State managed to get back in the game when they won the set three (25-20) but the Jennies took set four (25-20) and won the game.
“Well, we won in five on Friday against Newman and then again on Saturday against Central Oklahoma,” said Head Coach Jen Gomez. “…It would’ve been easy to give up after being down two… (sets) to one in both of those, but we came back, and we fought, and we battled. I thought that our team showed a lot of grit, a lot of fire, a lot of fight. Then yesterday we played Central Missouri and they’re a good team and we lost in four. But we were doing things right, we made some really good adjustments, it looked good and then at the end we just aired ourselves out of the game.”
Gomez had several players that stood out to her during the matches.
“I thought Hope White, our middle, was pretty consistent and pretty solid,” Gomez said. “I thought that Addie Weybrew came in as the libero and did some good things. I thought Marissa Bates played some good defensive. I thought that Bri Richard came on as our setter, was pretty solid. And then I was really impressed with Hannah Martin who came in and really did some nice things for us.”
The volleyball Gorillas are currently 4-9 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
The volleyball team will close out the regular season at home with one more game against the Emporia State University Hornets at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 10.
“…I’d like us just to show up and compete and get us ready to play at the end of the season tournament or conference tournament at Washburn next weekend,” Gomez said.
The MIAA Post-Season Tournament is set to take place from Friday, Apr. 16 through Sunday, Apr. 18.