OGDEN – After a slow start, the Weber State volleyball downed Portland State 3-1 Saturday night snapping a 13 match losing streak to the Vikings and picking up their first home win against PSU since 2009.
“To play the level we did tonight against a quality opponent like Portland State is just a testament of how hard our kids have worked to change this program,” said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. “I’m so happy for them and all they’ve done. They executed the game plan perfectly and were resilient all night long.”
Weber State struggled to find some solid footing in the first set falling behind 13-9. They went on to tie the set up at 21-21 but couldn’t finish and the Vikings picked up the first set win 25-22.
The Wildcats came into the second set with some gusto starting off with an early 4-0 run that propelled the momentum in favor of the Wildcats. With the set score within three points for the majority of the set the Wildcats ended the set on a 5-0 run with a final set score of 25-18. The two teams were tied at 1-1 going into the third set.
In the third set PSU tied the match up at 9-9 but WSU went on a 5-0 run giving them a 14-9 lead. Portland State answered with a 4-0 run but couldn’t ever reclaim the lead in the third set and Weber State claimed the set victory 25-21. WSU had the two set advantage going into the fourth set.
Midway through the fourth set the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run. Megan Gneiting came in towards the end of the set and had a big block and a big kill that extended the Wildcats lead to 22-14. The Wildcats pushed to the end and a kill by Megan Thompson gave WSU the 25-18 fourth set win and the 3-1 overall match win.
Weber State was led by Andrea Hale who had 17 kills off of 41 attacks and only three errors for a .341 hitting percentage. This was Hale’s season high attacks and career high of kills. Thompson also had double figure kills with 15 kills off of 28 attacks for .429 percentage on the night. Bailey Irwin had 47 assists on the night tying her career high.
Defensively Weber State dominated with three Wildcats having double figure digs and three Wildcats having five or more kills. Thamires Cavalcanti had the match high with 17 digs while Jesse Hover had 16 and Rylin Roberts added 14. Aubrey Saunders had the match high of blocks with seven block assists. Thompson had six blocks and including two solo blocks. Hale also had six blocks including one solo.
The Wildcats hit 51 kills off of 145 attacks with only 16 attack errors for a .241 overall percentage on the night. The Vikings had 56 kills of 168 attacks and 26 attack errors for a .179 overall percentage. Weber State had 68 digs and 14 total team blocks to Portland State’s 74 digs and six team blocks.
Weber State is now 10-1 overall on the season a 1-1 in Big Sky Conference play. The Wildcats are back on the road the next two weeks with four more Big Sky matches against Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, Montana and Montana State. Weber State’s next home match will be Oct. 13 against Idaho.