It got a little dicey for the Wildcats in Thursday’s first round regional match against third-seeded Truman State, but the Wildcats got points when they mattered most and won a five set thriller over the Bulldogs.
ACU won the first two sets handily and looked well on their way to winning the third when the unthinkable happened.
While ahead in game three, Setter of the Year Ijeoma Moronu badly hurt her ankle and Mock was forced to pull her. Substitute Caley Johnson, a freshman, was forced to step in.
“Caley really stepped up and played well when she was in,” said student coach Daniel Graves. “Just not having I.J. on the floor really frazzled everyone.”
The Wildcats went on to lose the third and fourth games. In the fifth, Moronu played the entire game after being on the court sparingly in game four. She proved her grit and led the Wildcats to victory, 15-10.
Despite the injury Moronu dominated the stat line with 39 assists, 14 kills and eight digs. Another senior, Jordan Schilling, played like she wasn’t ready to see he last game as a Wildcat. Schilling was all over the place with 16 kills and 14 digs.
The Wildcats will play the winner of Washburn and Northwest Missouri State tomorrow at Central Missouri.