MIAA Volleyball Race Heats Up In Week Nine

By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

Kansas City, Mo. -- The race for the conference crown in heating up as MIAA volleyball dives into week nine.

Upcoming MIAA Previews:
#5 Central Missouri closes out road trip
Record: 22-1, 8-1 MIAA Oct. 29: #5 UCM at MSSU 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: #5 UCM at SBU 7 p.m. Nov. 2: #5 UCM vs. LWU 3 p.m.
#5 Central Missouri will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season as they close out an eight match road trip. The Jennies are led on the attack by Taylor Goodness who is averaging 4.01 kills per set and hitting .305 for the year while Carly Sojka is averaging 2.87 kills per set. Julia Bates is the team’s primary setter averaging 11.29 assists per set. On defense Annie Reilly is averaging a team best 5.36 digs per set and Haley Thompson is averaging 0.88 blocks per set.

Central Oklahoma closes out homestand
Record: 18-7, 6-5 MIAA
Nov. 1: UCO vs. FHSU 6 p.m. Nov. 2: UCO vs. #7 UNK 7 p.m.
Central Oklahoma will close out a five match homestand when they welcome Fort hays State and #7 Nebraska-Kearney to town. The Broncho attack is led by Barbara Jackson who is averaging 3.48 kills per set. In a two setter system Taylyn Schwartz is averaging 7.93 assists and Katy Davis 4.56 assists per set. On the return Tate Hardacker is averaging 5.64 digs per set and Juliette Smith is averaging 1.18 blocks per set.

Emporia State faces #11 Washburn in Turnpike Tussle
Record: 15-7, 6-4 MIAA
Oct. 26: ESU at #11 WU 7 p.m.
Emporia State rides a seven game winning streak including a win over the #3 team in the country into a Turnpike Tussle match-up with #11 Washburn. The Hornet attack is led by Carly Spicer who is averaging 2.56 kills per set. In a two setter system Macki Pankratz is averaging 5.38 assists and Sydney Hartman 5.35 assists per set. On the return Kelly Holden is averaging 4.41 digs per set and Courtney Haring 1.18 blocks per set.

Fort Hays State closes out week nine on the road
Record: 12-12, 3-7 MIAA Oct. 29: FHSU vs. #7 UNK 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: FHSU at UCO 6 p.m. Nov. 2: FHSU at PSU 6:30 p.m.
Fort Hays State is on a six match winning streak heading into week nine of play. At the net the Tigers are led by Mallory Flagor with 2.53 kills and Madison Schwartz with 2.48 kills per set. In a two setter system Libby Ary is averaging 5.68 assists and Raegan Vanderplas 4.82 assists per set. On defense MIAA Specialist of the Week Makenzie Weinman is averaging 4.76 digs per set and Jenna Ulrich is averaging 1.53 blocks per set.

Lindenwood remains on seven match road trip
Record: 8-15, 5-4 MIAA
Nov. 1: LWU at NWMSU 7 p.m. Nov. 2: LWU at #5 UCM 7 p.m.
Lindenwood will continue a seven match road trip including a stop at #5 Central Missouri. The Lions attack is led by Kayla Guyot who is averaging 2.83 kills per set and hitting .315 on the year. Emma Brydels is the squad’s primary setter averaging 9.60 assists per set. On the return Anna Reichert is averaging 3.61 digs per set and Sarah Makowski 0.86 blocks per set.

Missouri Southern looks for first MIAA win
Record: 4-19, 0-10 MIAA Oct. 29: MSSU vs. #5 UCM 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: MSSU at MWSU 6 p.m. Nov. 2: MSSU at NWMSU 6 p.m.
Missouri Southern will face #5 Central Missouri before hitting the road as they search for their first MIAA win. The Lion attack is led by Katie Politte who is averaging 3.42 kills per set. Abby Finder is the primary setter averaging 8.53 assists per set. On defense Mikayla Avery is averaging 2.81 digs per set and Peyton Graves is averaging 0.83 blocks per set.

Missouri Western closes out regular season with seven match homestand
Record: 12-13, 5-6 MIAA Oct. 29: MWSU vs. NWMSU 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: MWSU vs. MSSU 7 p.m.
Missouri Western is in the midst of a seven match homestand that will close out the regular season. Erica Rottinghaus is leading the way on the Griffon attack averaging 3.27 kills per set. In a two setter system Kelley Scannell is averaging 7.51 assists and Jordan Chohon 6.19 assists per set on the season. On the return Sarah Faubel is averaging a team best 4.19 digs per set while Amanda Boender is averaging 1.08 blocks per set.

#7 Nebraska-Kearney opens three game road trip in week nine
Record: 21-3, 7-2 MIAA Oct. 29: #7 UNK at FHSU 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: #7 UNK at PSU 7 p.m. Nov. 2: #7 UNK at UCO 7 p.m.
#7 Nebraska-Kearney will hit the road for three straight in week nine of MIAA play. The Loper attack is led by Ashley Leitner who is averaging 3.83 kills per set. MIAA and National Hitter of the Week MJ Massanet is averaging 2.18 kills per set and hitting .314 on the year. Erin Seele is the team’s primary setter averaging 11.25 assists per set. On defense Liz McGowan is averaging 3.97 digs per set and Bailey Sokolowski is averaging 1.01 blocks per set.

Northwest Missouri opens week nine on the road
Record: 9-14, 3-7 MIAA Oct. 29: NWMSU at MWSU 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: NWMSU vs. LWU 7 p.m. Nov. 2: NWMSU vs. MSSU 7 p.m.
Northwest Missouri hits the road before closing out the week at home. The Bearcat attack is led by Abby Graves who is averaging 3.31 kills per set. Primary setter Bridget Hanafin is averaging 10.15 assists per set. On defense Bailey Vance is averaging 4.33 digs per set and Jackie Becker 0.73 blocks per set.

Pittsburg State closes out homestand
Record: 14-11, 4-6 MIAA Nov. 1: PSU vs. #7 UNK 7 p.m.
Nov. 2: PSU Vvs. FHSU 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburg State will close out a four game homestand during week nine. The Gorilla attack is led by Crystal Whitten who is averaging 3.72 kills per set. PSU’s primary setter Hayley Hansford is averaging 10.01 assists per set. On defense Jordan Rehm leads the way with 4.87 digs per set and Haylee Gregory has 0.92 blocks per set.

Southwest Baptist opens five game homestand
Record: 14-10, 4-7 MIAA Nov. 1: SBU vs. #5 UCM 7 p.m.
Nov. 2: SBU vs. Southern Arkansas 11 a.m. & SBU vs. #11 WU 3 p.m.
Southwest Baptist opens a five game home stretch against #5 Central Missouri in week nine. The Bearcat attack is led by Nikki Madoch who is averaging 2.53 kills per set. Kelsey Frankhauser is averaging 9.24 assists per set. On defense Hannah Blount is averaging 5.22 digs and Jordan Nedbalek 1.38 blocks per set.

#11 Washburn opens week nine with Turnpike Tussle
Record: 22-4, 9-1 MIAA Oct. 30: #11 WU vs. ESU 7 p.m.
Nov. 2: #11 WU vs. Southern Arkansas 1 p.m. & #11 WU vs. SBU 3 p.m.
#11 Washburn will open week nine against Emporia State in the Turnpike Tussle. Marissa Cox is leading the Ichabod attack averaging 3.63 kills per set and hitting .336 on the year. Abby Wittman is averaging a team best 10.93 assists per set. On the return Kelsey Lewis is averaging 4.38 digs per set.

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