Missouri Western’s volleyball season is off to a great start, playing four games this weekend in Springfield, Illinois, and winning all of them by a final score of 3-0.
In their first game of the season, Western played Cedarville, beating them 25-17, 25-12 and 25-11. junior Sam Duncan lead the team with 14 kills, while junior Lauren Murphy got 30 assists, and senior Audrey Keim had 19 digs, a career high.
The Griffons hit .500 in each of the first two sets and .391 in the third to hit .467 in the match. They held Cedarville to a .030 hitting percentage.
It was a day in which Western was better in every single statistical category except for aces, but CED had 20 errors to MWSU’s six. It was a very dominant start to the season for the Griffons.
That same day the Griffons faced Mckendree, also beating them 25-14, 25-15, 25-20, overcoming an 18-5 start to the first set. The Griffons also hit .372 against McKendree and limited the Bearcats to a .097 hitting percentage, including -.125 in the first set.
Murphy put up 34 assists in this game while junior Stephanie Doak led the team with 11 kills, and Keim got another 19 digs.
On Saturday, Western faced off with Illinois Springfield, winning 25-23, 25-23, and 25-22, almost losing their first set of the year in the second set, but coming back after a timeout.
This was the closest game both statistically and score-wise so far this season, but UIS had seven more errors than Western and shot at a .185% to Westerns .230%.
Doak had 13 kills and three blocks, both leading the Griffons. Murphy also had 38 assists and junior Tiana Butler had 20 digs.
In the final game of this weekend, Western faced off with Walsh, beating them 25-17, 25-9, and 25-17, to finish the sweep of the weekend.
Western held Walsh to a .000% while they themselves had a .297%. The Griffons beat them in every single category, not allowing a single ace.
Doak led the Griffons in kills and aces, with 12 and three respectively, while Murphy had another 34 assists and 10 digs.
Next up, Missouri Western heads to one of the top NCAA Division II volleyball classics when the team plays in the Colorado Premier Challenge on Aug. 31.