ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Fort Hays State University volleyball team was unable to keep pace with Missouri Western on Friday evening, falling to the Griffons in straight sets — 25-18, 25-16, 25-20.
The Griffons won the match with a .242 attack rate while limiting FHSU to a .138 attack percentage. Logan Wallick led the Tigers with nine kills, while Callie Christensen added eight kills and five blocks. The senior posted a match-high .533 swing rate after making zero errors on 15 swings. Taylor White led the match with 21 digs, while Becca Page and Amirah Bentley both tossed up 15 assists.
Fort Hays State’s first lead in the match came in the third set after a kill from Morgan West, a block from Christensen and Kylie Rollman and a Tatum Bartels’ service ace put the Tigers in front, 3-1. The teams went back and forth for the rest of the set, with the Tigers leading as late as 15-14 thanks to a kill from Wallick. A kill from Bartels later tied things at 17 before MWSU scored the next four points to go in front 21-17. The Tigers closed within two late in the set, 22-20, but the Griffons held on to complete the sweep after taking the final three points of the match.
On Saturday, the Tigers battled back to take the second set against Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo., but the upset bid came up short as the Bearcats came away victorious, 25-11, 21-25, 25-16, 25-12. The Tigers wrap up the regular season 11-23 overall and 2-16 in the MIAA, while the Bearcats move to 17-14 on the year and 11-7 in conference action.
Northwest Missouri State picked up 11 blocks in the win, limiting FHSU to its lowest attack percentage this season (.019) while countering with a .243 swing rate. Azlyn Cassaday picked up a team-high 11 kills, adding two blocks and five digs. Wallick chipped in 10 kills while Christensen posted four kills and four blocks (one solo).
The Bearcats took control early after winning the first set, 25-11, and jumping out in front to start the second set. The Tigers trailed by as many as six in the second frame, 18-12, before scoring six in a row to tie things up at 18. A NWMSU service error started the rally before Taylor White dropped in a service ace to cut the deficit to four. Wallick tied things up with a pair of kills off assists from Becca Page after two Bearcat errors put the Tigers within two.
Fort Hays fell behind once again, 20-18, before the Tigers rallied to take the set thanks to a 7-1 run. Northwest Missouri made five errors down the stretch before a kill from Rollman secured the 25-21 FHSU victory. The Tigers were unable to maintain the momentum, however, with the Bearcats taking the match after winning the third set, 25-16, and the fourth set, 25-12.