Western defeated their rivals, the Northwest Bearcats, 3-1 in a home match-up on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Both teams went on to the court ready to play, but ultimately, Western walked away with the win.
The game began strong, with determined looks on both sides, and their eyes on the prize.
“Tonight’s game went well. We executed our game plan pretty well. We ran our offense more smoothly, and worried more about our side than theirs,” head coach Marian Carbin said.
The first set was neck-and-neck, until Western began to slip up, and Northwest capitalized on the Griffons slight weakness and overpowered them, winning the set 25-21.
Although Western lost the set, they were on top in kills by one with right setter/libero Kelsey Olion coming out on top for the team with four. She also received the ball and had five digs, coming out on top in digs, as well. Middle blocker/right setter Lindsey Partridge and setter Jordan Chohon each had solo blocks in the first set.
“The first [set] was a little rocky, but then we got it together [and] played how we could and got another conference win, so that’s exciting,” middle bloker Amanda Boender said.
In the second set, Western bounced back from the first set loss and were victorious, claiming it 25-19.
Despite Western winning the set, they were outkilled by three. Outside hitter Erica Rottinghaus lead the team in kills with three, and received attacks with four digs. Partridge and Boender each had one solo block in the second set.
In the third set, Western was triumphant again, as they overpowered rival Northwest with a final score of 25-18.
Western outkilled the opposition by one, and again Olion led the chart with five kills. On the defensive end, Chohon lead the dig chart with five.
In the fourth and final set, Western again delivered the final point and conquered the match with a final score of 25-16.
The Griffons outkilled Northwest by seven. Olion had five kills in the final set. Olion and Sarah Faubel each had four digs during this set.
By the end of the match, Olion had a cumulative fifteen kills and thirteen digs, Rottinghaus had thirteen kills, Faubel had thirteen digs, and Chohon had twelve digs and 42 assists
Rottinghaus and Erin Backhuus ended up being the only two players that have aces in the game for Western. The two would combine for seven total.
The Griffons are set to play the Missouri Southern Lions on Friday, Nov. 1. Game time is set for 7 p.m.