Were getting half way through the volleyball season and the Missouri Western Griffons are finally beginning to find their groove and their style of play amongst each other. This past weekend the griffons went up against Nebraska Kearney & Fort Hayes. Losing to Nebraska , and sweeping Fort Hayes changed the griffons record to 9-9 on the season.
Starting with the first game of the weekend against Nebraska Kearney, the Griffons got swept in three sets 25-21, 25-20, and 28-26. Defense doesn’t seem to be the main problem, communicating and getting in that offensive groove is what seems to be holding the griffons back from their full potential.
Leading in the third set the griffons had a chance to take control but couldn’t capitalize on the offensive side and let Kearney come back and win the game and set.
“We were really disappointed in ourselves after the game, knowing this is a game we should have won.” Said Carbin. “Our defense was really good , averaging almost 3 blocks a set and has been good the past few weeks we just couldn’t come out with the win.”
Leading in kills for the Nebraska game is junior Stephanie Doak with 10 and sophomore Ali Tauchen was right behind her contributing 9 kills. Sophomore Ali Tauchen had her mark all over the game also leading in blocks and digs.
“We should have won.” Tauchen said. Keeping it simple regarding the Nebraska game this past weekend.
The Griffons turned around and had another match Saturday against Fort Hayes and swept them in 3 sets with scores of 25-26, 25-8, and 25- 23. The Griffons seemed to be more in sync this game ultimately dominating the first 2 sets not allowing the tigers to get into a groove and preventing them from putting points on the board.
“I’m really proud of how the girls turned around and bounced back from a tough loss to really dominate and play good defense the following day against a good team.” Carbin said “Our defense has been really good the past few games”
The Griffons defense has become they’re torch when they’re offense isn’t clicking. Leading this game in kills is once again Doak with 12 kills , with Tauchen right behind her again with 9 kills.
This weekend freshman Tatum Rollie made her defensive presence known in both games contributing heavenly in the Griffons defensive sets.
The Griffons are midway through the season and things aren’t as stable as they would like it to be, but every game they are improving on something and getting closer to achieving their goals they set for the season. The Griffons next game is Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m.