Volleyball sweeps Southwest Baptist after tough week

By Christian Mengel

October 2, 2012

The Griffons had some tough road games last week that unfortunately ended with a pair of losses to Rockhurst and Truman State but ended on a good note with a sweep against Southwest Baptist (25-19, 25-23, 25-16) on Sept. 29 at MWSU Fieldhouse.

The Griffons looked on top of their game despite the absence of two key freshmen players, Melissa Cairns and Holly Pollock. Cairns recently tore her labrum in her left hip, and is currently day-to-day. Pollock has been suffering from strep throat, a double ear infection and a sinus infection all at the same time, according to coach Cory Frederick. Freshman Jessie Thorup continued to play well, even with her fellow freshmen sitting out.

“I think it helps to know we have a lot of options,” Thorup said. “If someone is not playing well or if someone is hurt, we’ll always have someone to fill those spots.”

Junior Stephanie Hattey continued to be outstanding all around. Hattey finished the week with 26 kills, 73 assists and 45 digs in three matches. She believes after a rough time so far in MIAA play, the team could be turned around and headed in the right direction.

“[Against Truman] we had a pep talk and decided to play the way we’ve been playing in practice,” Hattey said. “Even though we lost, we played like a team and we hustled every ball, we didn’t let any drop. Today we let up a little more, but hopefully we can keep it up and keep it going. I think the more games we play the more we grow, so we’ll get better as the season goes on.”

Frederick sees the change the team has made and sees them learning and gaining more confidence in themselves.

“Rockhurst is 12-2, they’re a good team and there is no doubt about it,” Frederick said. “So far the Rockhurst loss has been a good one for us because it helped us focus on some things that we really need to work on. We made some adjustments and played pretty good against [Truman], but unfortunately couldn’t put that one away in the end, which I think is some of that is still the youth and developing.”

Fortunately for both Frederick and the players, the lineup has changed so many times this season already that when key players are forced out of the game, there is no added pressure on the remaining players, according to Frederick.

The Griffons are currently sitting at 9-7 on the season. They will be getting back into tournament play Oct. 5 in the Washburn Crossover Tournament. So far, the Griffons have a record of 6-2 when it comes to tournament play.