Volleyball Splits Weekend Matches

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This past weekend, Griffon volleyball had two eventful matches against Missouri Southern State University and Southwest Baptist University. The Griffons split the matches this weekend sweeping Missouri Southern State University  3-0 and losing to Southwest Baptist 3-2. Starting with the Southwest Baptist match, the Griffons came out strong, winning the first two sets 25-14 and 25-15. From there, it went downhill fast, and the Griffons couldn’t seem to figure it out, dropping the next three sets 27-25, 25-23 and 15-13. Stephanie Doak lead the team in kills, rallying up 19 and got a good contribution from Shellby Taylor with another ten to add on, but it didn’t seem to be enough for the Griffons. “We won the first two sets, then had a lead in the third, but didn’t close that out and ended up losing in five,” coach Carbin said. “Definitely a disappointing loss for our team, and we kind of all have blame to take in the loss, and it’s kind of a loss that none of us expected to happen, but we’re going to try and get back on track this week.” Missouri Southern is a team that had only won two games this year before beating Missouri Western and is an upset that no one saw coming. ( insert Shellby Quote )Though the Griffons suffered a tough loss, they still split this weekend’s matches sweeping Southwest Baptist 3-0, beating them each set by at least five points. This game, senior Shellby Taylor and sophomore Ali Tauchen stood out on the stat sheet combining for a total of 19 kills for the game, while Stephanie Doak wasn’t far behind with a total of seven kills herself. The Griffons offense seemed to be clicking this match as everyone seemed to contribute in some way in getting the win. “Friday night went really well down in Bolivar against Southwest Baptist University. We swept in, and I thought we played really well,” coach Carbin stated. “Our offense connected, and we just continued to play the good defense that we’ve played the last couple of weeks.” The Griffons record is now 2-3 in the conference and 9-7 overall. Coming up, the Griffons face a competitive opponent, Truman State University, and a ranked University of Nebraska Kearney(add record). The Griffons seem to be finally finding that team chemistry they’ve been looking for, but still seem to be missing those small elements to get them the wins they need. The Griffons next game is Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Kirksville, Missouri, against Truman State University.