ThePIttsburg State Volleyball team's season ended with a 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-10)loss to Central Missouri (30-1) in the first round of the MIAA Tournament atthe UCM Multipurpose Building on Tuesday (November 19) evening.
The Gorillas end their season with a 16-16 overall record and were 6-10 inleague play.
Abbie Smith led the Gorillas with six kills. Haylee Gregory, Paula Okrutna andMaggie Highberger each chipped in four. Kirsten Erikson led the team with 10digs. Jordan Rehm added nine and Madi Mosier, eight. Okrutna and Gregory eachhad four blocks, as Pitt State outblocked the No. 5 ranked Jennies, 9.0 to 6.0.
The first set was tight, with the Gorillas within three or four of the Jenniesuntil late in the set, when a 6-1 run resulted in the 25-17 loss.
The second set was much closer. The team's traded sideotuts and Pitt State keptthe set within two until a 4-0 run gave the Jennies a 15-11 advantage. PittState battled back with a 4-0 run of its own to tie the set at 15-15 on a bigblock by Okrutna and Highberger.
A kill by Okrutna gave the Gorillas their first lead of the match at 17-16 anda UCM attack error gave Pitt State a two-point advantage. The Jennies came backto tie the set at 18-all, but a service error gave the Gorillas the lead again.
The Jennies went on a three-point run to take a 22-20 lead, but Pitt Statecontinued to battle and tie the set. The two team's tied at every point fromthen on until UCM scored the final two points to take the set 28-26.
The final set was all Central Missouri, as the Jennies went on several big runsto win the match with the 25-10 win.
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