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Gorillas lose a pair of games on the road

The Pittsburg State volleyball team lost a pair of games last week to Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University. 

Friday, Sept. 24, the Gorillas traveled to St. Joseph, Missouri and took on the Griffons of Missouri Western and ended up falling three sets to one. The Gorillas gave it their best effort, but it wasn’t enough to come out on top. After winning the first set 25-20, they fell 21-25, 22-25, and 23-25. 

“I think we made way too many unforced errors against both teams this weekend and that cost us some matches,” head coach Jen Gomez said. “We have to be able to limit our errors- attacking, passing, and serving in order to win and we struggled with that this weekend.”

The Gorillas had a rollercoaster of sets against both teams. Some sets they played extremely well and others they had some work to do in order to find success. The scores would reflect this “rollercoaster”, winning a set in both games. 

Even though the Gorillas lost, they see light at the end of the tunnel, and it all comes down to the team’s toughness and determination. 

“This team has a fight from within that I have never experienced here before at Pitt State,” said senior libero Marissa Bates. “I think we all value one another and want to play well so that we can prosper as a whole.”

Going into Saturday’s game, the Gorillas knew they had a tough task in beating Northwest Missouri State. The Bearcats came into the game being ranked 13 in the country according to the AVCA Women’s Division II Coaches Top 25. 

Pitt State came out swinging, winning the first set 26-24 but lost the next three 25-16, 25-16, and 25-20. 

The Gorillas felt that their defense behind the block was good, allowing plays to be dragged out and frustrating the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri. 

“We made some great plays and kept ourselves in the play,” Gomez said. 

There is still plenty of time for the Gorillas to turn things around and get back in the win column, and still have a winning record, having eight wins and only four losses. A few things will need to be focused on when attempting to perfect their craft and play to the best of their ability. 

“We will focus on serve receive passing, first ball kills in serve receive, and blocking,” Gomez said. 

Not only did Coach Gomez see lots of room for improvement, but Bates also saw some areas to improve upon.

“As a team, we have been focusing on trying to be in a system more in regard to serve receive, and being more aggressive in all aspects of offense,” Bates said. “We also are really working on trying to fight point for point and not letting good teams go on long runs serving.”

The Gorillas will play a pair of tough games yet again this week, facing Newman University at home on Sept. 28, and traveling to No. 5 ranked Central Missouri on Thursday, Sept. 30. 

Gorilla fans can find tickets on the Pitt State athletics web page as well as the ticket office in the Weede. 

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