Western volleyball wins 3-1 in the home opener against the Tigers of Fort Hays State on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Sophomore Jessie Thorup helped the team offensively, having an impressive total of 21 kills.
At the start of the game, the Griffons looked prepared, winning the first set 25-22. Freshman Kelsey Olion and Thorup led the offense, having a total of four kills each.
At the start of the second set, the Griffons struggled, as it was a 5-7 start. It was a close game all through the set until they broke away, leading 22-18. Junior Brooke Cousino ended the set 25-20, giving the Griffons a 2-0 lead.
All through the third set, the Griffons began to falter, as overconfidence played a key factor.
“We weren’t quite as aggressive offensively and we let our guard down a little bit,” head coach Marian Carbin said. “Fort Hays is a really good team and they made us really earn it.”
Fort Hays took advantage, and won the set 25-23. Taylor Mares and Mallory Flagor of the Tigers led the team in kills, with a total of four a piece.
Fort Hays ended the set with a total 15 kills, 13 assists and 11 digs.
“We definitely proved to ourselves that we can fight back,” said Thorup. “We dropped that set, which was a disappointment, but we proved that we can fight back and win.”
With the Griffons in the lead 2-1, the fourth set started out stronger than any of the other sets. Western started out 2-0 and kept the offense going, eventually winning the set 25-21. Junior Amanda Boender had the game-winning kill, and ended with a total of 11.
“It feels good winning at home, we’ll celebrate for a while, but we have to get back to work for our next game,” Rottinghaus said.
This win puts the Griffons at a 4-7 overall record and 2-1 in MIAA play. The victory gives momentum toward the next game against the undefeated University of Central Missouri Mules.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 in Warrensburg, MO.