ESU stings Western

Sports Volleyball

The Missouri Western volleyball team fresh, off their first conference win against Missouri Southern, fell to the No. 23 ranked Emporia State Hornets in four games.

The Griffons fell in game one 30-23, they won game two 30-25 and lost the last two by the score of 30-24 in both.

Head coach Tiffany Mastin believes game two is how the team should play all the time.
“We played confident and patient in game two,” Mastin said.

One of the big things that plagued the Griffons were unforced errors. They had 30 errors in the game. senior Alyssa Berg, who is closing in on a 1,000 kills for her career, believes that hurt the Griffons’ chances of winning.

“Unforced errors: if we cut down on those we will be okay,” Berg said.

The Griffons showed good restraint against the No. 23 team in the nation. Sophomore Emiley DeVore believes overall the team had trouble putting the Hornets away in games.

“We had our ups and downs, but we just didn’t finish games,” DeVore said.

The Griffons got off to a fast start in game one, jumping out to an early 10-4 lead. The Griffons struggled late as the Hornets closed the game out with a 17-4 run.

The Hornets looked vulnerable at times. Coach Mastin believes the Griffons didn’t take advantage of the opportunities the Hornets were giving them.

“They gave us opportunities to score points, we just didn’t take advantage of all of them,” Mastin said.

Game two is where the Griffons looked the strongest. The Griffons trailed 23-20 before ending with a 10-3 run to capture the victory.

The Griffons are still trying to find an identity. As a young team they struggle in some areas, but exceed in others.

“We do a lot of great things, but we do a lot of little things not so great,” Mastin said.

Before the game, the Griffon players honored their mothers for Family Day here on campus.

The Griffons begin a road trip next week. Their next home game will not be until Oct. 12 against the Pitt State Gorillas.

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