No. 13 Pittsburg State Falls to No. 11 Emporia State in Five Games

10/10/2008

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EMPORIA, Kan. -- In its first five set match of the season, the No. 13 Pittsburg State University volleyball team (19-4, 5-3 MIAA) fell 3-2 (13-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20, 12-15) to No. 11 Emporia State University Friday evening (Oct. 10).

Emporia, who has now won 18 straight matches and is undefeated in MIAA play, won the first two sets, 25-13 and 25-21. The Hornets held the Gorillas to just eight kills in the first set. Set two saw much improvement from the Gorillas as they had 16 kills to 15 for the Hornets, but nine attack errors to only three for ESU made the difference in the set.

Pitt State came back with a vengeance in the third set, hitting .529 to earn the 25-17 victory and force a fourth set. PSU's perseverance frustrated the Hornets, allowing Pitt State the fourth set win, 25-20. The Gorillas managed a .324 team attack percentage, while holding Emporia to just .120. ESU rallied and overcame Pitt State's momentum to win the final set 15-12.

After 17 total attack errors in the first two sets, Pitt State only had one each in sets three and four and only three in the final set.

Junior Pamela Cartagena (Bayamon, P.R.) and senior Linda Igbinigie (Richardson, Texas) led the Gorillas with 16 kills a piece. They also each had two blocks and Cartagena added 18 digs for a double-double. Senior Klaudia Grelowska (Belchatow, Poland) led the team with five total blocks (1 BS, 4 BA). She also added 11 kills.

Senior Sammie Williams (Blue Springs, Mo.) finished the night with 10 kills. Sophomore Cassie Wilson (Pittsburg, Kan.) was the only player in addition to Cartagena with double figures in digs as she led the team with 19. Sophomore Valeen Finney (Clearwater, Kan) was also strong at the block for the Gorillas as she had four blocks assists in the match.

Emporia State's Arica Shepard, last week's MIAA Volleyball Player of the Week, led all players with 26 kills. Brittney Miller (15) and Megan Koster (12) also hit double figures in kills for the Hornets. Amy Byfield led all players with 23 digs. Koster and Shepard each recorded double doubles, tallying 14 digs a piece. Setter Ting Liu also had a double-double as she had 66 assists and 12 digs.

The Hornets outblocked Pitt State by two, 10.0 to 8.0. Brianne Boner led her team's efforts with six blocks assists, while Miller added five and Hannah Carter, four.

Pitt State has another tough challenge ahead on Saturday as it continues its road trip on to Topeka, Kan. The Gorillas will take on No. 8 Washburn University at 5 p.m.

Article courtesy of Pittsburg State athletics.

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