The Griffons split yet another pair of games over the weekend, picking up a loss to Central Missouri Friday, Sept. 21, and grabbing the win the next day against Lindenwood.
Central Missouri–3 Missouri Western–0
(25-19, 25-23, 25-12)
The Jennies came into MWSU Fieldhouse ranked No. 8 in the nation, and played like they were. The offensive game plan was too much for the Griffons to counter. Throughout the night they utilized the height of their main setter, Julia Bates, to keep the Griffons guessing on if she was going to assist or just slam it down. Bates ended the game with 35 assists and eight kills. Coach Cory Frederick knew what needed to be done to stop it, but the girls just didn’t seem to respond well.
“We just didn’t play very smart,” Frederick said. “To be straight forward honest, we just weren’t prepared for whatever reason to move on those balls. We knew what they were going to do, and we just didn’t look like we were ready to play.”
The Griffons put up a good fight for the first two sets, but looked slow and out of place in the third and final set.
Missouri Western–3 Lindenwood–1
(19-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-14)
The Griffons really gave us a scare early against the Lindenwood Lions. This was a game that was probably considered a must-win for the Griffons, who had lost five of their last seven games coming into this one. The Griffons looked a little rattled still from the night before, but got much better throughout the game.
Junior Stephanie Hattey had another great weekend, racking up a total of 14 kills, 34 assists and 36 digs between the two games.
“We beat Lindenwood by forgetting about the last game against UCM,” Hattey said. “We decided to not pay attention to the score and just play to the best of our abilities, and it worked.”
Sophomore Amanda Boender did not play the night before due to sickness, but provided some explosiveness for the Griffons and finished with nine kills.
“It’s always a different perspective when you don’t play,” Boender said. “You forget how it feels to not get to be out on the court, and you really appreciate being able to play.”