Lions still face tough sets to end the season

Junior Callie Whetstone and junior Abby Finder attempt a block against Cameron on Oct. 22, 2013. The Lions lost in three sets while Whetstone accumulated seven kills on the night.

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Junior Callie Whetstone and junior Abby Finder attempt a block against Cameron on Oct. 22, 2013. The Lions lost in three sets while Whetstone accumulated seven kills on the night.

After their road win over Northwest Missouri State on Oct 25, the Lions volleyball team was home for three straight matchups this past week. Conference opponents Central Oklahoma, Emporia State and Washburn would make their first trips to Young Gymnasium this season.

The Lions dropped the weekday matchup against Central Oklahoma 3-1.

To follow was Emporia State, who came into Friday’s matchup 3-1 in their last four matches and had already defeated the Lions once this season.

Emporia State won the matchup 3-1. The Lions fell behind quickly two sets to none before winning the third set 25-18. Emporia wrapped things up a set later and spoiled Halloween for the Lions.

The Lions as a team set the single-season block assists record against Emporia. The Lions had 27 block assists on the night, giving them 379 on the season breaking the previous mark of 357 set in 2004. Whetstone had nine block assists on the night, giving her 122 block assists on the season. The previous record, held by Ashley Mehrer (115) set in 2006, stood for eight years.

Senior Katie Polittle was also honored before the game as she exceeded the 1,000 kill mark earlier in the month.

Krishna Merriman explained why the Lions couldn’t pullout the victory.

“Our energy played a major role when we went five sets with them earlier this season. It’s a little low right now,” said Merriman.

Abby Finder had 39 assists and 11 digs in the match, while Politte added nine kills and seven digs.

After a beat-down at the hands of Emporia State, the Lions shifted their focus to nationally ranked Washburn on Saturday.

“We know what to expect this time, so there is definitely some motivation to get revenge,” said Abby Finder. “But, the game plan is to play MOSO volleyball.”

The Lions continued to struggle against the Ichabods, getting swept 3-0.

“We didn’t relax and just play,” said Merriman. “That’s when we play our best, and lately we seem to be getting too tense and it’s throwing us off.”

Katie Politte had 12 kills and five digs, while Callie Whetstone had five kills and four blocks. Alyx Gepford and Katie Wiele had four digs each, while Krishna Merriman had six of her own.

The Lions face Central Missouri today. First serve is set for 7 p.m.