Lions improve record to 12-10 working towards record season

Alicia Pickett serving against the College of the Ozarka on Sept. 24 

Photo by Jennah Cunningham

Alicia Pickett serving against the College of the Ozarka on Sept. 24 

Blake Ewing

The Missouri Southern volleyball team picked up three conference wins while dropping a single match since the start of fall break. 

The first of their four home matches, the Lions topped Pittsburg State University (9-9, 4-5 MIAA) in three straight sets. Set scores were 25-17, 29-27 and 25-20. Sophomore Shaylon Sharp and junior Janelle Brehm each picked up 10 kills. 

The next opponent was Fort Hays State University (6-12, 3-7 MIAA) who the Lions beat three sets to one. Set scores were 27-25, 25-19, 25-15 and 25-21. Junior Morgan Nash amassed 15 kills while Brehm got 13. 

The third game was a Lion defeat at the hands of No. 3 ranked University of Nebraska At Kearney (20-0, 11-0 MIAA). Lastly, the Lions beat Newman University (0-21, 0-11 MIAA) three sets to one. Nash picked up her fifth triple-double of the season with 13 kills, 11 assists and 11 digs. 

 “I think we served and defended well in all of our conference wins in the past two weeks,” said head coach Kalie Mader. “As conference play continues I think it’s going to be very important that we continue to improve offensively. I expect that being back on the road will present some adversity and I think it will be important that no matter the circumstances we stand together and give it everything we have.”

After the break, the team’s record is 12-10 overall and 5-7 conference. Away games do seem to present a larger challenge for the squad with a 1-4 away record while maintaining a 9-5 home record and 2-1 neutral site record. The Lions have improved greatly from the 2018 season where they only

won three games. This has been the best season for the Lions since 2010 where they won 18 games. 

The Lions will go on the road this weekend with games at No. 14 Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO at 6 p.m. Friday and No. 10 University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, at  7 p.m. Saturday.