- by Cole Arndorfer / September 6, 2021
On Friday night, energy was requested, and energy was received. Women’s volleyball played their second home game of the season on Friday in front of a great crowd. It was something they had been missing in the season opener Missouri Valley tournament a week ago and something that could be improved on after the home opener last Wednesday.
After losing a close match to William Penn on Wednesday, the girls were asking everybody to come out for Friday’s match against Crowley’s Ridge, and the fans did not disappoint. The nearly full student section came out with a mission: make themselves heard. Each time HLGU scored a point, their cheers, claps, banging, and stomping could be heard throughout the Mabee Sports Complex.
After losing a close first set, HLGU fed off the crowds energy and never looked back, solidly winning the next 3 sets to secure the team’s first victory of the young season. Freshman OH Ryann Blankenship led the match with a season high in aces with six and also had season highs in kills, assists, digs, and points.
After the game, Ryann had this to say, “It felt great to get the first win of the season at home, we’ve worked really hard as a team and it was a real Hillgoo [AKA HLGU] style win, we deserve this! The crowd was really into it all night, and they pushed us all the way.”
The Trojans (1-5) look to stay hot as they continue the season.