BOZEMAN, Mont. – Weber State volleyball team fell in five sets to Montana State Thursday night in the Wildcats second Big Sky loss of the season.
“Montana State played exceptional tonight and made more plays than us in games four and five,” head coach Jeremiah Larsen said. “I thought we competed hard, but were inconsistent when it mattered. We will put our focus towards Montana and try to put this one behind us.”
The first game was a battle as the two teams stayed within one point for the majority of it. The score was tied at 15-15 then the Wildcats took a two point lead just to have the Bobcats bounce back and take a two point lead. Weber State went on a 4-0 run to take a 24-23 lead. Set point didn’t happen yet as the two teams matched point for point and with the score tied a 30-30 MSU had a kill and a block to claim the game 32-30.
Halfway through the second set Weber State went on a 5-0 run giving them a 15-9 lead. WSU maintained that lead until a kill by Andrea Hale won the second set 25-19.
The Wildcats carried the second set win momentum into the third set. WSU jumped to a 15-11 lead, despite efforts from MSU and a tied score at 20-20 the Wildcats finished with a 4-0 run ended by a block by Megan Gneiting and Megan Thompson. Weber State had a 2-1 lead going into the fourth set.
MSU got the jump on the Wildcats in the fourth set and Weber State fought but couldn’t recover from MSU’s 8-1 run late in the set. The Bobcats claimed set four 25-15 forcing the match into a fifth and final set.
The Bobcats got an early 6-3 lead over the Wildcats in the fifth set but Weber State answered with a 5-0 run giving WSU an 8-6 lead. MSU then finished with a 9-3 run claiming the fifth set 15-11 and an overall 3-2 match victory.
The Wildcats had 66 kills off of 176 attacks with 28 errors while the Bobcats had 74 attacks off of 197 attacks with only 26 errors. WSU had 77 total digs and 10 team blocks while MSU had 73 digs off of 13 team blocks.
Weber State drops to 2-3 in Big Sky Conference play and 11-3 overall on the season. They will next take on the Grizzlies of Montana Saturday before returning home to take on Idaho October 13.