Western defeated the Hornets of Emporia State 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The Griffons, as well as the ESU Hornets, came out ready to play and began to do so explosively.
The first set was neck-and-neck the entire time, until the Griffons surpassed the Hornets 28-26 in the set. Western out-killed the opposition 20-15.
The Griffons continued to go strong in the second set, maintaining a six-point lead to the end with a final score of 25-19. They out-killed the Hornets by a mere one kill.
In the third set, Western lost their flame and had a tough time keeping up with the ball. The set was lost, and in the end, they were dragging behind by seven points with a final score of 25-18.
But, in the fourth set, sparks flew as Emporia State defended their right to have one more shot to win the game, and Western fought to end the match without needing to play another set. The set was close, but in the end, the Griffons walked off victorious, having pulled ahead in the set at the last minute, 25-23.
By the end of the night, the Griffons had a collective 52 assists, with 47 of them coming from setter Kelly Scannell.
The Griffons racked up a total of 58 kills, with middle blocker Amanda Boender, right side hitter/libero Kelsey Olion, and outside hitter Erica Rottinghaus all hitting the double-digits. The three of them combined for a total of 39 kills for the match.
Western collected a total of 53 digs, with outside hitter/libero Sarah Faubel, Scannell and Rottinghaus all hitting double-digits as well. Those three Griffons had a collective 36 digs on the night.
Boender and Scannell each earned a solo block in the match.
The Griffons head to Joplin, Mo. next, to play in the Missouri Southern State Invitational. The first game will be against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday, Oct. 11. Game time is set for noon.