Volleyball Drops Five-Set Match to Lions at Home

Press Release PSU:

Pittsburg State (4-8, 1-3 MIAA) dropped a five-set match to rival Missouri Southern (4-8, 1-3 MIAA), 3-2, in John Lance Arena on Tuesday (September 23) evening.

The teams traded sets through the first four. The Lions won the first and third, 25-21 and 25-23. Pitt State took the second and the fourth, 25-20 and 25-13.

In the fifth set, the teams traded points until Missouri Southern took the lead for good on back-to-back kills by Krishna Merriman to make the score 5-3. The Gorillas added a point, but then a three-point run that included back-to-back service aces pushed the eighth point for the Lions. The Gorillas would only score two more points from there and three more service aces, including for the match point, would be the dagger for Pitt State.

Six of the Lions nine service aces came in the final set. The Gorillas gave up 15 points on service errors or serve receive, compared to 11 for Missouri Southern. That made the biggest difference in the game, as the Gorillas led off the block, 13.0 to 7.0 and only recorded four fewer kills and had 10 fewer attack errors.

Madi Mosier led the Gorillas with 12 kills and added four block assists. Ary Crittleton was also in double figures with 10 kills and shared the lead in blocks with Ashley Bell, as each had five blocks. Crittleton put down two solo blocks and three block assists, while Bell had three solo blocks and two block assists. Bell and Maggie Highberger were just below double figures with nine kills a piece. Aimee Wood led the team with 21 digs. Hayley Hansford and Carolina VanBuskirk shared setting duties for the first time on the season. Hnasford has 23 assists, while VanBuskirk had 18.

The Gorillas will return to action in John Lance Arena this weekend. The team will face No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney at 7 p.m. on Friday. A pre-game party will be hosted at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Broadway from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with food specials and tailgate games. The team will take on Fort Hays State following the football game on Saturday at 6 p.m.