(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) —The Jennies, 17-0, 6-0 in the MIAA, finished a three match week with a win over Pittsburg State in four sets, 25-14 22-25 25-20 25-17, according to a press release.
The first set began with the Jennies winning three straight points, one from a kill by Julia Bates and a serving ace from Annie Reilly. The Gorillas caught the Jennies at 6-6, and again at 8-8, but were never able to take the lead from the Jennies. After that the Jennies won six points in a row, two were kills from Maddie Jones and Taylor Goodness, to bring the score to 14-8. Pittsburg scored one more point, before the Jennies brought home four more points, one kill from Carly Sojka and two more from Goodness. Pittsburg was able to score only five more points in the set, Sojka and Goodness scoring the last two points of the set with kills. Goodness had seven kills in the first set, and a .778 hitting percentage. Haley Thompson had five kills and a .714 hitting percentage.
The Jennies won the three of the first five points, but that was the only significant lead that the Jennies had in the second set. Pittsburg tied Central Missouri at 3-3, before taking the lead for the set after 4-4. Pittsburg reached ten points, while the Jennies were four points behind at six. Central Missouri almost caught Pittsburg at 12-14, after winning four points in a row, with a kill from Goodness, Thompson, and Blaise. Neither team won a significant consecutive amount of points after that, the Gorillas maintained at one to three point lead over the Jenneis for the rest of the set. Pittsburg earned their last two points of the set off a kill, and an attack error by Goodness.
The battle continued in the third, with two lead changes and three tie scores early in the set. After catching the Gorillas at 10-10 the Jennies won three more points to take a 13-10 lead over Pittsburg. Pittsburg came close to tying the Jennies at 19017, but the Jennies were quick to respond with two more points, a kill and serving ace both from Sojka, making the score 20-17. Central Missouri won the last four of five points in the set with two kills from Goodness and one from Blaise, to end the third set at 25-20. Sojka had seven kills, and a serving ace in the third set.
In the fourth and final set of the match, the Gorillas won the first point, but never took a large lead over the Jennies. There were seven tie scores in the first sixteen point of the match, Central Missouri finally taking the lead after the Gorillas tied the score at 8-8. The Gorillas kept the score close through the set, but the Jennies went on to win the last eight of eleven points in the set, and finished the match at 25-17.
Sojka and Goodness both had 21 kill in the match. Bates had 55 assists and 12 digs, for her first double-double of the season, along with two serving aces. Reilly had 24 digs and two serving aces in the match.
Next week the Jennies will compete in the Missouri Southern Invitational Crossover in Joplin, Mo. Friday the Jennies will face Arkansas Tech at 2 p.m. and Southwestern Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Saturday the Jennies will compete against Harding at 1 p.m.