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Volleyball streak continues

Lindsey Partridge and Jordan Chohon form the block for Western in their win over Southern at MWSU Fieldhouse on Friday. Zack Papenberg | Photo Editor
Lindsey Partridge and Jordan Chohon form the block for Western in their win over Southern at MWSU Fieldhouse on Friday.
Zack Papenberg | Photo Editor

Before the non-conference season started, Griffon coach Marian Carbin thought that the Griffons would be able to get off to a good start to the season, thanks to the way the schedule was set up.
Well the Griffons have definitely fulfilled those expectations and then some.
After dropping the first two matches of the season, Missouri Western has rattled off 10-straight wins including winning the first two games of their conference season on season over the weekend. Western swept both Missouri Southern and Southwest Baptist this weekend.
Over this ten-match streak, the Griffons have only dropped four sets total.
On Friday, they got rolling against Southern.
“I feel like our scouting report going in was pretty solid,” Carbin said. “I feel overall we did a pretty good job. I told the girls I was proud of the way they executed.”
The first set saw Southern jump out to a quick 5-2 lead.
A Blair Russell kill and a couple errors from Southern knotted the game at five soon after though. Western would make just enough plays to come away with a narrow 25-21 set win as Rachel Friedrichs ended the set with a kill.
Southern got the first point in the second set as well, but Western was quickly able to extinguish any hope Southern had in that match and went on a four-point run. From there Western stayed comfortably in the lead the rest of the set and won 25-15.
The Lions once again opened the scoring in the third set and had it tied at 11 before Jordan Chohon got the serve and helped the Griffons score six-straight points.
“I was pleased with the way we served in the second and third set,” Carbin said. “I thought we served tougher.”
Chohon finished with 42 assists in the match.
“Jordan Chohon made a lot of really good decisions and made our hitters look really good,” Carbin said. “There is a lot of times when the hitter gets the credit but Jordan is the one that sets them up for success.”
A Jessie Thorup kill ended the set and the match, with Western winning 25-21. Thorup finished with a match-high 12 kills.
Saturday’s contest with Southwest Baptist looked like it may be another one where Western would have to win close sets to win as they were only able to win the first set 25-21. The key kill came off the hand of Lindsey Partridge to make it 24-21 and end the scare for Western, as Southwest Baptist was on a three-point streak and threatening the lead.
The Bearcats kept it close early in the second set but the Griffons had a nine-point run with Thorup serving to help seal the victory at 25-11.
The Griffons rolled in the third set 25-8.
Western gets back to conference play on Friday when they host Central Oklahoma at MWSU Fieldhouse.

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