POCATELLO, Idaho – The Wildcats couldn’t sustain a strong start against their rivals.
Sophomore outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs and junior outside hitter Audrey Biggs each had even kills for the Weber State University women’s volleyball team, which fell 25-20, 25-11, 25-14 to Idaho State on Wednesday night at Reed Gym.
Fuchs hit .222 and added two blocks and a pair of digs, while sophomore setter/outside hitter Samantha Staker had 18 assists and senior outside hitter Shanae Burgin had a pair of kills and a pair of blocks.
Weber State fell to 3-14 in Big Sky play, 7-24 overall, while Idaho State improved to 12-5 in Big Sky – clinching a spot in the Big Sky tournament – and 18-10 overall.
The Wildcats and Bengals battle early in the opening set, with the set being tied at 7-7, 8-8, and 9-9 before a short three-point boost put Idaho State in front, where they would remain. Weber State scored five straight points laid to cut a 21-14 deficit to just 21-19, but ISU recovered to close out the set.
The second set was close early, but Idaho State used a 12-3 surge to break it open and take a commanding 2-0 lead advantage in the match, and then raced out to a 6-0 lead in the third set to cruise to the victory.
Weber State will play its final road match of the season on Saturday night at 8 p.m. against Sacramento State in The Nest. The Hornets will face Idaho State on Friday.