On October 30th, Griffon volleyball faced off against Fort Hays State in the Field House. The Griffons were off to a hot start as they won the first set 25-21 but could not gain their winning momentum back throughout the duration of the match. 

Danielle Moje had a career high of 11 kills and could not have been more thankful to be out there with her teammates on their home court again. She claims that even though they had a tough loss, the spirit of the team was still high and that they still have time to finish the season on a good note.

“As a team we, need to seize every opportunity that we have left at home” said Moje. "I was still proud of us even though we lost, but we are ready to go on to the next and keep moving forward as the season goes on”.  

Despite the loss, the Griffons still had some players that had exceptional afternoons on the court. Moje had 11 kills. Ali Tauchen had 9 kills. Jessica Hendricks and Nessa Johnson each had 7 kills. They had 45 kills in 173 attempts but also committed 31 errors.

On the defensive side, Jessica Sachen led the way with 20 digs followed by Karly Tharp with 18, Hailey Crane with 15, and Emilee McGowan with 13. The Griffons had 10 blocks total, and Tauchen had half of them. 

The Griffons ended up losing the next three sets 27-25, 25-14, and 25-19 to bring their record to 13-12 overall and 6-10 in MIAA conference play. A win that afternoon would have brought them closer to a spot in the conference tournament, but it did not go the Griffons way. They are still on the hunt as they are coming close to the end of the regular season. 

They will stay at home this week as they will host Newman University on Friday, November 5th at 6:00 PM in the Field House. 

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