Volleyball’s win streak stays alive at home

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Senior Jessie Thorup goes up high for a kill against Henderson State on Saturday at MWSU Fieldhouse. - Zack Papenberg | Photo Editor
Senior Jessie Thorup goes up high for a kill against Henderson State on Saturday at MWSU Fieldhouse. – Zack Papenberg | Photo Editor

The wins keep coming for Griffon volleyball as they roll through the non-conference season. They defeated Oklahoma Baptist 3-1 and swept Henderson State in route to their seventh and eighth wins of the season.
Western has now won eight-straight after dropping their first two games of the season.
“The winning streak is important because it came off the two losses right away,” Griffon coach Marian Carbin said. “To start off 0-2 and then to go on a big streak, it just gives our young team some confidence and with a lot of young players it just reinforces the fact that they came into a winning program and we are going to continue to win.”
In their first appearance in the MWSU Fieldhouse this season, Coach Carbin’s squad came out a little flat early against a very game Oklahoma Baptist team.
Although the Griffons won the first set 25-22, they were far from perfect.
“We didn’t pass very well,” Carbin said. “We didn’t run our offense very effectively because we couldn’t get that first pass to get us in system.”
The Griffons continued to struggle in the second set, dropping it 23-25 and giving the Lady Bison plenty of confidence going into the third set.
“We knew it was a team that was going to have some players that was going to challenge us in ways we haven’t seen yet,” Carbin said.
Oklahoma Baptist jumped out to a 9-6 advantage in the pivotal set.
The Griffons responded with a three-point run to tie it at nine. Then after the Lady Bison regained the lead a 11-9, the Griffons responded with another 3-point run with Blair Russell serving.
“I was very pleased (with Russell),” Carbin said. “She was very creative in the way she was able to get kills.”
Oklahoma Baptist would not manage another lead for the rest of the set and the Griffons netted a 25-21 win.
“Once we started (passing) a little more consistently in the the third and fourth sets, then we were able to run our offense the way we want to and in the tempo we want to and we were able to take care of business,” Carbin said.
Heading into the third set, Western was firing on all cylinders and it showed. They cruised to a 25-10 win to take the set and the match.
Jordan Chohon dished out 50 assists in the match and nearly half of those were to senior classmate Jessie Thorup, who finished with 24 kills.
The Griffons other senior Lindsey Partridge led the team with 8 blocks, while Kayla Ruff finished with 16 digs.
Western carried their momentum into their second match of the day against Henderson State.
They swept the Reddies 25-17, 25-11 and 25-16.
“We knew this was a winnable match for us,” Carbin said. “We knew it was a team that was going to give us a lot of opportunities and if we were able to take advantage of them, we would win.”
Chohon was strong yet again with 32 assists and Ruff led the squad in digs once more with 15.
Freshman Shelby Taylor joined Thorup atop the kill chart as each netted ten.
“Shelby Taylor had a really great match,” Carbin said. “To get a spark from a freshman was nice to see.”
The Griffons open conference play on Friday against Missouri Southern.
Western finishes the non-conference with the fourth best winning percentage in non-league play in the MIAA with their 8-2 mark.
Southern has failed to win a match this season and sits at 0-9, while Western’s opponent next Saturday, Southwest Baptist, is 1-7.

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