The Pittsburg StateVolleyball team (3-6, 0-1 MIAA) takes one of the longest trips in theconference this weekend as they travel to No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney (9-1, 1-0MIAA) and Fort Hays State (0-6, 0-1 MIAA) on Friday and Saturday.
The Gorillas and Lopers will face off at 7 p.m. on Friday (September 20). UNKhas won five games straight with its only loss being to Angelo State in theMetro State Tournament last weekend. The Lopers are averaging 13.9killsand 17.5 digs per set. Ashley Leitner leads the Lopers in kills averaging4.38 kps with Bailey Sokolowski in second with 2.38 kps and Ellie Pesaventofollowing with 2.36 kps. Liz McGowan leads the team in digs averaging 3.93 dpswith Kinslie TeKolste right behind her with 2.70 dps. The team hits at a .277clip, while holding opponents to a .110 attack percentage. The team averagesalmost 2.0 blocks per set. A big strength for the Lopers is in their serve andserve receive. The team has 43 aces already on the season, more than double the20 aces they have given to opponents on the season.
Fort Hays State will be looking for its first win of the season when theGorillas come to Hays on Saturday (September 21) at 2 p.m. The team lost itsfirst conference match on Tuesday, 3-0 to Nebraska-Kearney. TheTigers average 10.1 kills and 12.3 digs per set. Madison Schwartz leads theTigers with 2.00 kps with Jenna Ulrich in a close second at 1.95 kps and TaylorMares in just behind with 1.8 5kps. On the defensive end, Makenzie Weinmanleads the team with 3.65 dps and Sara Hewson adding 2.00 dps. The Tigers hit atonly a .103 clip, while allowing opponents a .289 hitting percentage. The teamhas only 18 service aces on the season and has given up 40 to its opponents.The team averages 1.5 blocks per set, while the opposition gets 2.1 bps.
Pitt State has a .143 attack percentage on the season and records 11.7 kps. TheGorilla's opponents have been only slightly better with a .163 attackpercentage and 12.7 kills per set. The team averages 18.4 dps and has beenstrong on the block with 63.0 total blocks on the season for 2.1 per set.
Crystal Whitten leads the Gorilla offense with 4.10 kills per set. Abbie Smithadds 2.04 kps. Whitten and Madi Mosier share the team lead in aces with seven apiece on the year. Hayley Hansford has been the team's primary setter andrecords 9.10 assists per set. Defensively, five Gorillas average 2.00 digs perset or more on the season, led by Jordan Rehm with 5.20. Taylor Wright adds2.82 dps, Whitten, 2.80, Hansford, 2.17 and Ashlen Schwartz, 2.11 dps. HayleeGregory leads the team at the net with 0.93 blocks per set. She has 26 totalblocks on the season, six solo and 20 assisted. Paula Okrutna also has 26 totalblocks on the year for 0.87 bps. Mosier adds 0.70 bps.
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