The Griffons wrap up the regular season Friday, with an away match against No. 17 University of Central Missouri.
Western struggled against Central Missouri during their first meeting of the year, which resulted in a three set sweep to open the regular season.
Since that opening loss the Griffons have amassed an overall record of 22-7 and they find themselves in a three-way tie for third in the MIAA with a 16-5 conference record.
The Jennies, however, have compiled a 21-8 overall record and are in a two-way tie for first in the MIAA conference with a record of 18-3. Also, Central Missouri is currently No. 17 nationally.
Although the Jennies are a tough opponent, libero Holly Pollock believes that the Griffons have the advantage.
“I think our team chemistry is an advantage we have over the majority of our opponents,” Pollock said. “We are all great friends and I think that is hard to find in many programs. We are also going into this game as the underdog which is the position our team loves to be in.”
Central Missouri will rely on the offense of outside hitter Carly Sojka, who leads the team in kills with 397. They will also lean on the defense of middle blocker Haley Thompson, who leads the team in blocks with 41.
Western will depend on the aggressiveness of right side hitter Jessie Thorup, who leads the team in kills with 377, as well as the stingy defense of libero Sarah Faubel, who leads the team in digs with 389.
The last game of the year is being approached like any other game the Griffons have played, according to Pollock.
“The team has been practicing and continuing to work just as hard as we have for the entire season,” Pollock said. “This is only the last game for our four seniors; the rest of us will continue playing, so we are taking advantage of our time together to better ourselves and the program.”
Western will have the chance for vengeance when they take on Central Missouri Friday, Nov. 14.