The Webster University Gorloks and The Greenville College Panthers (Ill.) collided for the first time since the 2012 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship game. In that game, the Gorloks defeated Greenville in straight sets. The Panthers returned the favor and swept the Gorloks in three straight sets on Sept. 18, at Grant Gymnasium .
Head volleyball coach Merry Graf said her team didn’t play a clean game.
“We just made far too many errors. We had all kinds of serving errors, hitting errors, receiving errors, and you know you can’t make that many errors against good teams (like Greenville),” Graf said.
The Gorloks blew multiple leads in the game. Webster started the first set on a 5-0 run. The Panthers managed to come back and tie it at 12-12. The Panthers went on to win the first set 25-17.
In the second set, the Gorloks took a 6-3 lead before allowing Greenville to tie the game at 8-8. The Panthers scored six straight to make the second set 14-8 before Graf called a timeout to regroup her troops.
The Gorloks went on a 7-1 run and tied the match 15-15 after the timeout. The two teams exchanged multiple kills, but the Gorloks couldn’t close the second set after having a 24-23 lead. Greenville took the second set 27-25.
The Panthers took the third set 25-15.
The Gorloks have another SLIAC showdown at Eureka College (Ill.) Friday Sept.20, at 7 p.m., and a doubleheader Saturday Sept. 21, against Blackburn College (Ill.)and Fontbonne University (Mo.).
“The only thing we can do at this point is to take care of our own business and try to finish the rest of our season without any losses, and hopefully someone picks (Greenville) off along the way,” Graf said.