Western is ready to welcome the Pittsburg state Gorillas to the MWSU Fieldhouse on Oct. 24.
Pitt State is a well-rounded team with a solid record. They sit at a 10-10 overall, 3-5 in the conference and 7-5 non-conference.
Last season PSU ended on a positive note with a final record of 17-13 so they are no strangers to doing decent when they play.
“Pittsburg State is a strong opponent. They run a faster offense than some of the other teams we’ve played and we’ll have to play good defense to counteract that tempo.” Said Marian Carbin
The Gorillas are at 933 career kills this season, out of the teams total kills 293 of them belong to outside hitter/ right setter Crystal Whitten. Not far behind on the kill chart is outside / middle / right Madison Mosier with 184.
Last season Western fell 3-1 to the Gorillas but that isn’t stopping western from going into the match-up with their game faces on.
The Gorillas seem to do better in the third set over all others. Coming in strong and taking them down in the first two sets is vital since they seem to lose their fire after the third set is over.
As far as defense and blocking, the Gorillas have a total of 1411 digs. Leading the Dig chart is Jordan Rehm with 403 digs of her own. Whitten and setter Hayley Hansford coming in behind with a cumulative 347 digs.
Western began the season with the ground falling beneath their feet, but have worked up a sort of momentum and have picked up the slack from early on. The Griffons have pulled forward to maintain a .500 record.
“Our team has certainly been through some rough stretches, but we’ve come back from them every time. I think that is a credit to our team’s resiliency and mental toughness.” Said Carbin
Following the Pittsburg State game Western will welcome Washburn University to the MWSU Fiedhouse. The Game is scheduled on Oct. 26 and it begins at 7pm