Western bounced back from their loss to Nebraska-Kearney with a sweep of rival Northwest Missouri State University on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Libero Sarah Faubel believes that the team’s win is a testament to their character and program.
“It shows the character of our team because I think good teams can come back and adjust pretty quickly,” Faubel said. “I think that is one thing our program has been learning; to come back form games and go on to the next one.”
The Griffons played fast in the first set, quickly racking up 23 points to the Bearcats 19 before winning the set 25-20.
In the second set, Western committed 10 errors but was still able to pull ahead of Northwest to take the set 25-21.
During the third set the Griffons were forced to battle from behind. The Bearcats found momentum on their side as they took the lead 12-16 and later 17-21. Western continued to fight and managed to win the third set 27-25 to sweep the rivals.
Although Western had a total of 25 attack errors, many Griffons played well. Jessie Thorup led the team with eight kills, Jordan Chohon finished with 28 assists and Faubel recorded 12 digs.
Head coach Marian Carbin thinks beating a rival is always a triumph no matter how good or bad the team played.
“You always like beating your rivals, especially at home so your home crowd can see you,” Carbin said. “We had beaten them in Maryville and we knew that they would want revenge tonight, so to take care of business was good.
To win the game the whole team had to adjust according to outside-hitter Erica Rottinghaus.
“We had to come together, re-focus and tell each other that we are good enough to do what we always do,” Rottinghaus said.
Before the Northwest game Western had a MIAA record of 8-2, which was good enough for second in the conference behind Washburn. With the win the Griffons now have a 9-2 MIAA record and, since Washburn lost to Nebraska-Kearney, there is now a five way tie for first in the MIAA.
The teams tied for first are Missouri Western, Central Oklahoma, Nebraska-Kearney, Washburn and Central Missouri.
The Griffons will have a chance to break the tie this weekend, on the road, against Emporia State on Friday, Oct. 17 and against Washburn on Saturday, Oct. 18.