The PSU Gorillas prepare for the first road trip of the season

The Pitt State Gorillas open the season on Saturday at Central Oklahoma.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pitt State Gorillas open the season on Saturday at Central Oklahoma. The road trip, like the rest of the season, will look different due to the pandemic.

“Bus seating will be a space in between everybody. Everybody will have masks on, you know, while we’re on the bus and when we’re traveling, so. Yeah. It’s like everything else,” says men’s head coach, Kim Anderson.

“We’ve just tried to keep it as simple as possible,” adds women’s head coach Amanda Davied. “And try to limit it as far as a distraction because we are just trying to go and compete.”

The PSU women come back with a lot of experience with three returning starters. Senior Maya Williams says the team is learning to adjust, but happy to have the chance to get on the floor.

“With everything going on this year…COVID is just a crazy time. And so we just have to be flexible and grateful we get a chance to compete,” adds Williams.

On the men’s side, this first road trip is a chance to build chemistry, with nine new players joining the roster.

“I like to say this team — we all work great together. We’re all very nice to each other and we all like have a great team comradely, so I think it’s a great fit for us,” says graduate transfer, Bobby Athur-Williams Jr.

“I think we’re still trying to find ourselves. I think part of it has to do with we have nine new players and part of it is everyday there is that daily uncertainty of whose going to be able to play,” adds Anderson.

Tith that uncertainty surrounding the season, coaches know building depth early will be a key factor in making it through the winter schedule.

“I think that everybody’s going to have to deal with some type of situation that effects their lineup. It might just not be COVID, but you also have the flu and you have injuries,” adds Davied.

“We don’t have control of the virus, so for some reason if it did strike you and you have two or three guys out — if you didn’t get all qaurentined then you got to have some depth,” says Anderson.

The Pitt State women play Central Oklahoma at 1:30 Saturday, with the men’s game shortly after at 3:30.