Westminster women's volleyball won its second-consecutive match on Nov. 4, sweeping the Thunderwolves of Colorado State University-Pueblo. The Griffins won the first two sets, 25-19, and grinded out a third-set win, 25-22, to sweep the Thunderwolves.
The Griffins came out slow and gave up an early six-point run to allow the Thunderwolves an early lead, 8-3. Head coach Al Givens called a timeout to talk to the players, and the players came out and won seven of the next nine points to tie the game at 10-10. Later, an 8-2 run built a lead for the Griffins to get the 25-19 win.
The Griffins won the second set by the same score as the first set, 25-19. Several small runs of four and three points gradually built a lead that could not be overcome by the Thunderwolves.
The third-set battle was more tightly contested as the Thunderwolves fought to stay in the match. The Griffins held the lead from 4-3 until the end of the match, but the Thunderwolves never let the Griffins feel comfortable. Leading 23-21, Givens called a timeout after the team had lost four of the last five points.
Givens told his players, "Look at the score. Stay focused on us, and stay aggressive."
The Griffins then won two of the last three points to win the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-0.
Senior Amara Spere had an excellent night, hitting .481 percent with 15 kills and three block assists. Freshman Audrey Green contributed 11 kills. Senior Taylor Gustafson assisted 36 times. Senior Katie Hutchings had five block assists, and senior Megan Gallegos had seven digs on a quiet night for the Griffins defensively.
The final game of the 2017 season is Monday, Nov. 6, against Fort Lewis at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door the day of the game. The game will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and available on live stats.
Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. The intercollegiate athletics program is a provisional member of NCAA II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).