Pitt State volleyball hosts Newman Tuesday
The Gorillas are 11-12 overall
PITTSBURG, Kan. — RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:
The Pittsburg State volleyball team will return to Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action on Tuesday (Oct. 29) when they play host to Newman. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CDT) at John Lance Arena/Whetzel Court.
Scouting the Gorillas
The Gorillas are coming off a pair of losses to top 25 MIAA foes. Pitt State fell in four sets to No. 10
Top-25 ranked teams. Pitt State fell in four sets to No. 10 Central Missouri last Friday (Oct. 25) before being swept by No. 14 Northwest Missouri Saturday (Oct. 26).
The Gorillas enter Tuesday’s action with an 11-12 record and a 6-8 MIAA mark. Pitt State currently sits in seventh place in the MIAA standing and with just six matches remaining. The top eight teams in the standings qualify for the 2019 MIAA Championship Tournament which is scheduled for Nov. 21-23 at Hy-Vee Arena at Kansas City, Mo.
The Gorillas are attacking at a .175 clip while opponents are just a fraction higher at .186. The Gorillas have four players with triple digit kills on the season, however, Erika Ivkov (250) and Morgan Henning (231) are the only two with more than 200 kills on the season. Ivkov is strong from the service line as well as she has posted 26 aces on the season. Meanwhile, libero Marissa Bates has tallied 338 digs this season and Brianna Richard as 494 assists on the campaign.
Scouting the Jets
The Jets enter the match with a 1-22 overall record and a 1-13 MIAA slate. NU’s lone win on the season came this past Friday (Oct. 25) when the Jets defeated Fort Hays State in five sets. NU was swept in straight sets on Saturday by No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney.
The Jets are attacking .130 on the season while opponents have are hitting at a .260 clip. Trinity Conley is the top attacker for the Jets with 272 on the season.
The two teams met back on Oct. 1 at Wichita with the Gorillas overcoming a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-2 win. The Jets won the first two sets by identical scores of 25-20 before the Gorillas won the next three sets 25-19, 25-14 and 15-6.
Morgan Henning paced the Gorillas in that match with 21 kills while Meg Auten posted 16 and Erika Ivkov tallied 11.
The Gorillas will host their home final Saturday (Nov. 2) against Missouri Western. The Senior Day match is set for 6 p.m. (CDT).
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