Volleyball falls to 10th ranked Truman in four sets, 3-1

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Mental errors and a strong attack from the Bulldogs, sunk the Western volleyball 3-1 against Truman State last Saturday.

Western started off the match on a strong note as they took the lead in all four games, but seemed to struggle closing out the games.

The Griffons have been struggling all year with errors and mistakes in their performance as well as mental errors.

Freshman Stephanie Hattey sets the ball to a teammate so she can spike it against Truman Saturday. Western lost the match 3-1. Photo | Brooke Carter

The Bulldogs came into the game boasting an 18-3 record and only dropping two conference games. The Griffons were able to hang with the Bulldogs for the first game, behind the efforts of Tahler Johnston and Stephanie Hattey, who each recorded 10 kills apiece.

Western would drop the game 22-25 and would again take an early lead in the second game.

However, the Griffons could not hold the lead and lost the game 25-18.

“It seems like, for some reason, from point 10 to point 20, we cannot finish and win the game,” head coach, Cory Frederick said.

This would continue throughout the match, however, Western was able to steal one away from the Bulldogs in the third set, 25-19.

“We need to cut down on silly mental errors or hitting an easy ball out of bounds and not communicating,” senior Kelli Sicner said.

According to Frederick, his team is not lacking in the physical part of the game. Their trouble is with the mental aspect of the game and finishing games.

“We need to continue to push through and stay up the entire game preventing the mid-game relaxation we tend to have in some games,” Alex Behnke said.

Western would drop the final set of the match 25-20 after, once again, having an early lead and then letting mental errors get the best of them.

Justine Buskirk led the Griffon attack with a .235 hitting percentage and recorded eight kills on 17 attempts.

The Griffons fall to 5-5 in the conference and now the only teams in front of them are nationally ranked teams.

Central Missouri, Washburn, Truman State and Emporia State are the only teams standing in the Griffons way.

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