For the first time this season the women’s volleyball team experienced home court advantage and the crowd was certainly a boost. “We have had some tough losses, so it was exciting to come home and do what we know how to,” sophomore Kayli Broadbent said.
The team put forth the best offensive attack of the season. Broadbent came in with 16 kills and Garfield, the freshman outside hitter, also had 11 kills. Although North Texas put up a good fight, they never took the lead by more than 2 points the entire match. The Wolverines finished them off 25-20, 25-19, and 25-16.
“The energy was just great,” said coach Sam Atoa. “The girls were jumping higher and hitting the ball harder, it’s what home does for you. It was great for their confidence.”
It’s been quite a struggle for the team thus far this season — last week’s invitational was the first time the girls have won this year. Both the Utah Invitational in Salt Lake and Jayhawk Invitational in Kansas took a beating on the girls that has enabled them to regroup into a better team.
“We have had a bit of a struggle the last couple of weeks and we’ve done some things that we haven’t done very well previously,” Atoa said. Things are looking up for the Wolverines as they will enjoy a short home stand before heading back out onto the road in October.