Nov. 7, 2009

The Pittsburg State Volleyball team (22-9, 12-5 MIAA) edged one step closer to ensuring themselves a spot in the NCAA South Central Region as they earned an important road win over No. 7 Emporia State on Friday evening in Emporia. The Gorillas took the match 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22).

The match came down to timely scoring and taking advantage of every oppoetunity, as the only statistical category the Gorillas came out on top was blocks, outblocking the Hornets 6.0 to 4.0. Emporia State recorded five more kills than the Gorillas and had fewer service errors. Pitt State worked well together as a team, as evidenced by the fact that all but four of their 66 kills were assisted.

Senior Pamela Cartagena led the team with a double double, recording 20 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore Corrinne Stringer added 17 kills, while junior Molly Bergkamp had 10. Junior Cassie Wilson led all players with 25 digs, while sophomore Tesia Lahm had her first double figure match with 14 digs on the night. Senior Emiyl Vosseler recorded 57 assists and also helped out at the block, recording both a solo block and a block assist.

Brittney Miller was only one of two Hornet players to record double digit kills, as she led all players with 25. Arica Shepard added 15 kills and 24 digs. Setter Ting Liu also recorded a double double with 58 assists and 13 digs. Amy Byfield recorded 21 digs to round out players in double figures.

Pitt State returns to action on Saturday to face another top 10 team. The Gorillas take on No. 9 Washburn at 2 p.m. in Topeka.