Saturday afternoon, Griffon volleyball took on the rival Northwest Bearcats inside the MWSU fieldhouse where they tried to avenge their loss earlier in the season.
The Griffons lost the match in three straight sets 25-12, 25-21 and 25-20. This extends the Griffons losing streak against the Bearcats to six straight games now.
Missouri Western started the game off slow and on a rocky pace, having to fight from behind and being a step slow the whole entire first set. The Griffons eventually gained some rhythm when they were down 10-6 but the Bearcats kept the pressure and the Griffons only obtained six more points to the Bearcat’s 15.
After the first set was over, the Griffons seemed to be reenergized and refocused on the competition facing them, playing more effectively and more energetically.
The fieldhouse was buzzing and the Griffons were feeding off that. It was a back and forth set with the Griffons and Bearcats exchanging leads back and forth. Eventually the Griffons fell in the second set after the Bearcats rallied off four straight points late into the scoring column.
The third set was similar to the second set, as the Griffons were attacking aggressively and blocking the Bearcats from getting easy points compared to the first set. It was a back and forth set again but the Bearcats proved too much, eventually winning the set, and the game in three sets.
Despite the loss, head coach Marian Carbin was proud of her team and the effort they gave after shaking off the bad first set.
“We have some veteran players that know what we’re capable of and what expectations we have,” Carbin said. "After that first set they pulled the team together and just got more people involved in the offense which was a big improvement and on the defensive side as well, we got seven blocks in two sets so we cleared our defense struggles up too,” Carbin said.
Carbin also praised her younger players for stepping up and gaining experience throughout the season
“We have a lot of young players that gained experience and we just need them to keep growing and keep improving, to push themselves to become the best players they can be which can translate into team success so when they get older that’s the expectation which is winning,” Carbin said
With this loss, the Griffons drop to 5-8 this season with a record of 1-5 in division games.
The Griffons are staying put at home when they host Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, April 9 at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. when they take on Fort Hays State.