The Griffons lost in straight sets to UNO and Central Missouri in their last outing. The last match against UNO saw the Griffons fall 25-21 in a very competitive affair.
“We have no seniors on the team and will hopefully return everybody next season,” coach Tiffany Mastin said.
The Griffons (4-30) do not have a single senior on the roster this year and only three juniors. A young Griffons squad may not have a winning record to boast, but can attest to having gained tremendous experience with losses to top rated teams in the nation.
Truman (27-7) host the Griffons on senior day in Kirksville and the Griffons will attempt to upend the Bulldogs before they head to the post season. Truman State already defeated the Griffons Oct. 18, 3-1, at the MWSU Field House.
“We want to execute our game plan and play well, but most of all we need to just have fun,” Mastin said. “They are great kids and hard workers.”
Freshmen Hannah Zimmerman and Brooke Carter have came on strong during the season and eclipsed coach Mastin’s expectations this season. Zimmerman has 180 kills to go along with 39 blocks on the season to compliment Carter’s 104 kills and 49 blocks on the season.
“They work hard day in and day out,” Mastin said. “We will be counting on them to step up and use their experience they got this year to help us have a successful season next year.”
Griffons will finish out the season with a losing record, but not a wasted season. Having youth and now experience on the side of the Griffons is the building block to a successful program. Being in a loaded MIAA conference makes it difficult for even a great team to do well. However the Griffons have the potential in years to come to prove they are able to hang with the big dogs of the conference. Having youth and experience on the side of the Griffons also brings great expectations. This season has been a learning experience for the Griffons and they have learned through playing in actual games, rather than just practice.
Missouri Western travels to Kirksville Saturday, Nov. 15 to take on Truman State for the Bulldogs senior night to end the season.