At Missouri Western , volleyball is one of the many sports that everyone can’t wait for the season to finally begin. While putting in countless hours in the gym and finding their team chemistry , the Griffons have been doing some preseason traveling and have been competing in some high-level competition tournaments. This past weekend the Griffons were at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. They ended this weekend 2-1 , leaving their mark on two talented teams beating both Arkansas Fort Smith and Newman University with a score of 3-0. The last game the Griffons dropped was to Saint Edward’s University in a very close match that ended up going all the way to five sets. Though the Griffons have been getting off to a good start in the preseason, coach Carbin knows there’s still plenty of room and time for improvement. When asked how she feels about how the first few weeks of preseason have been going her answer was this, “Being only three weeks in, we’re still trying to find the right combination of players and right the positions to really be able to solidify a lineup for the rest of the year. We’ve been getting a lot of contribution from our younger players, and our older players have been getting off to really great start, so all those positives.” The Griffons have continuously received a huge contribution from junior Stephanie Doak. She has played really well these first three weeks leading the team in KPE (kills per set) and doing whatever it takes to get a team win, but she’s not the only player who has began to step up this preseason, according to head coach and a few other volleyball members. Shelby Taylor, Ali Tauchen and Rachel Losch have been some key weapons in the Griffons’ offense. Their offense is something that the Western volleyball team is known for. Being able to piece together the right players and run the right sets is something coach Carbin has been able to execute season after season, and we expect nothing less this year. The Griffons kick off their first home game of the season this Friday against University of Central Missouri at 6 p.m. The Griffons expect the field house to be packed and plan on taking care of business.