Griffons split matches

Volleyball

The Griffons volleyball team played two matches last week, winning one and losing a close one to No. 9 ranked Washburn.

The Griffons record now stands at 11-8, and 3-4 in the MIAA Eastern Division. They are third in the Eastern Division, but need to make up for lost time if they plan to catch either Central Missouri or Truman State. There are seven conference games left so this will be a hard task to overcome.

As it stands now Central Missouri and Truman have a strangle hold on the rest of the league. Truman are 6-0 in the conference while Central is 5-1. The only team Central lost to was Truman so the Griffons will have their hands full trying to reach these two teams before the end of the season.

They play four more ranked teams in their conference this season, and in order to have a shot at making the playoffs they will need to win at least two out of the four.

Marian Broderick, a grad assistant for the women’s volleyball team, wants a victory.

“We need to beat Southern Missouri and probably another ranked team within the conference,” Broderick said.

The Griffons first game of last week was played against Fort Hays State. The Griffons handled Fort Hays easily in three games 30-18, 30-25 and 30-17. Around a hundred fans showed for the match and got to see the Griffons run on all cylinders.

The Griffons overwhelmed Fort Hays with play by Alyssa Berg, Melissa Malone and Hallie Delagadelle who all had nine kills and Jill Bryant, who had 20 assists with Madison Benton adding another 18 to the total.

Though Washburn was ranked number nine in the country, the Griffons played hard and almost pulled out an upset over the Lady Blues. The Lady Griffs ended up losing but many members of the team played exceptionally well.

The Griffons had three players with 20 kills or more. Alyssa Berg led the team with 23, Ashley Blickenstaff had 22 and Melissa Malone got 20. Shari Tompkins had 40 digs along with Malone’s 31.

“We have another chance to play them at the end of the season,” Broderick said. “I think it just shows that we can compete against them and win.”

The great effort by these girls almost led to an upset of a highly ranked team. The next step is doing it.

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