After going 1-1 over the weekend, with a win against Missouri Southern and a loss to Central Oklahoma, Western bounced back with the sweep of Lindenwood University at home on Tuesday.
The Griffons got off to a slow start in the first set, allowing the Lions to tie the set 10-10. Western quickly stepped up their play, pulling away from Lindenwood 22-14 before winning the set 25-18.
In the second set, Western played tough, gaining a 10-4 lead before Lindenwood called a timeout to regroup. Once play resumed, the Griffons picked up where they left off which lead to a 25-19 set win.
Western continued their aggressive attack in the third set, compiling their biggest lead of the match, while leading Lindenwood 21-9. The team put the match away after an attack error by the Lions gave them a 25-13 win.
Head coach Marian Carbin had many reason why the Griffons played efficiently.
“They played with the chemistry that we saw earlier in the season,” Carbin said. “We had a lot of really good individual performances offensively and we just had fun.”
Right side hitter Kelsey Olion knows that they have to be able to come back from losses quickly in order to obtain their goals.
“We know that we do not have time to sit around and lick our wounds,” Olion said. “We have to get right back on if we want to go towards our ultimate goal.”
The win over Lindenwood improved Western’s record to 19-5 overall and 13-3 in the MIAA conference. They are still behind Nebraska-Kearney and tied with Central Missouri in the MIAA standings. With six games left to play in the regular season, the Griffons will have plenty of opportunities to move up in the rankings.
Although Western will have the chance to play both Nebraska-Kearney and Central Missouri in their upcoming matches, Carbin expects to the team to focus on one match at a time.
“I think we need to play the way we have been playing; with focus on each match,” Carbin said. “We also know that we still have our destiny in our hands and that we still get to play Nebraska-Kearney to get right back in the running with them.”
The Griffons are confident that they now have the key to success according to right side hitter Jessie Thorup.
“We have really good chemistry and we are finally putting it together on and off the court,” Thorup said. “We get along so well and I think that helps with our success on the court.”
Western is back on the road with a match against Southwest Baptist University on Friday, Oct. 31. With a on Friday the Griffons will tie the most conference wins in school history with 14.