There were a couple of big upsets in state college sports Friday and none bigger than the one right here in the Air Capitol by the newly-minted NCAA Division II Newman Jets, who defeated No. 7-ranked Drury University 3-2. Much props to Brian Alvarez, a fellow Wichita Northwest graduate who scored one of Newman’s three goals. He gets his picture on this blog right here, right now, because he’s a Grizzly. And he’s a pretty good soccer player. But more because he’s a Grizzly.
At Pittsburg, there’s a volleyball tournament going on, and the Gorillas pulled off a shocker in the final game of the opening night with an upset of No. 3 West Texas A&M. Aside from this volleyball tournament, will there even be anyone in Pittsburg tomorrow? I highly doubt it.
Here’s the write-up on the upset:
PITTSBURG, Kan. — The No. 16 Pittsburg State Volleyball team (16-3, 4-2 MIAA) upset No. 3 West Texas A&M (16-3), Friday night at John Lance Arena. The 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-23) win marked the Gorillas second victory over a higher ranked team in a week.
The game was as close as the scores showed, with the two teams extremely close in every statistical category. Pitt State had only four more kills than West Texas A&M and only one more dig. The biggest differences that helped seal the win for the Gorillas were four service aces, while not allowing one from the Lady Buff, and outblocking WTAMU 7.5 to 2.0.
Three Gorilla players finished the night with double figure kills. Senior Linda Igbinigie (Richardson, Texas) led the team with 12. Junior Pamela Cartagena (Bayamon, P.R.) followed with 11 and senior Sammie Williams (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 10. Cartagena finished the night with a double-double as she led all players with 19 digs. Sophomore Cassie Wilson (Pittsburg, Kan.) added 16 digs. Five different players had multiple blocks in the match. Williams, Igbinigie, sophmore Valeen Finney (Clearwater, Kan.) and senior Klaudia Grelowska (Belchatow, Poland) had three blocks a piece, while senior Lindsay Quall
West Texas A&M’s Leah Flatness led all players with 19 kills. She was the only Lady Buffs’ player with double figures in that category. Katie Rickwartz and Alyssa Bromwell each had 14 digs, while Laura Prinsen and Sara Contreras each added 10. (Topeka, Kan.) added two.