After sweeping the season series against Washburn on Saturday, Western dives back into conference play with a home game against Missouri Southern State University.
Last weekend, against the Ichabods, the Griffons got off to a slow start causing the team to drop the first set 25-20 and set two 26-24.
Western went on to win the next three sets in a row, after making quick adjustments, to defeat the No. 5 rank team in the nation for the second time this season.
The weekend win marks the first time that the Griffons have swept a season series against the Ichabods since 2000.
Although the Western had their problems, on the way to a win against Washburn, head coach Marian Carbin is proud of the way her team never gives up.
“I really love the way the team is fighting right now,” Carbin said. “They believe in themselves and they believe that they can win no matter the circumstances.”
Western returns home to begin a three-game home stand against Missouri Southern, after playing the last four out of five games on the road.
The Lions have had their fair share of struggles this season, leading to a record of just 5-16, and will be coming to the Fieldhouse hoping to halt their three match losing streak.
While Southern may not have an impressive record, Carbin will not overlook the Lions.
“Southern gave Central Missouri some trouble last week by taking their match to the fifth set, so obviously they have some talented players,” Carbin said. “We will have to be sharp on Friday.”
Junior libero Holly Pollock has also stressed that no team in the MIAA can be taken lightly.
“In our conference, no team can be overlooked even if they have not been winning. Every team is going to fight as hard as they can to win each time they step on the court,” Polluck said. “We take each opponent just as serious as the next and go into every game playing to win.”
The Lions will rely heavily on their only senior, Katie Politte, when they face the Griffons. Politte currently leads her team in three individual stat categories, including kills with 252.
The Griffons possess an overall record of 17-4 and a conference record of 11-2. After the weekend, Western is still at the top of the MIAA and in a three-way tie for first with Nebraska-Kearney and Central Missouri.
With the win over Washburn, Western is now off to its best start since 1987 and has begun receiving votes to become nationally ranked.
Western will be aiming to quickly get passed Southern on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and improve their chances at becoming the lone No. 1 ranked team in the MIAA conference.