MISSOULA, Mont. – The Weber State volleyball team picked up a solid win over the Grizzlies of the University of Montana tonight 3-1.This is the second year in a row to take down the Griz on the road.
“I am proud of how our ladies competed,” head coach Jeremiah Larsen said. “It was a hostile environment and we didn't play extremely smooth. However we never stopped grinding and we had some kids really step up and play consistently in areas we really needed.”
Weber State and Montana started the first game off with close scores but the Wildcats went on a 6-1 run to take a 16-10 lead. Montana tried to make a surge to the finish but the Wildcats capitalized on two consecutive points with two back-to-back kills by Amanda Varley to give WSU the 25-17 first game victory. Varley ended the first set with six kills.
The Griz had a late 9-2 run in the second set and the Wildcats couldn’t catch back up as Montana claimed the second set 25-20. The two teams were tied going into the match break.
Weber State came out of the break with a 7-3 lead and ended the third game on a 6-1 run for a 25-17 victory.
Montana started the fourth set off on a 6-0 run. The Griz maintained at least a two point lead for most of fourth set. When UM had a 17-13 lead Weber State came up with seven unanswered points to gain a 20-17 lead. Varley ended the fourth set with four kills for Weber State giving them the 25-22 set victory and the overall 3-1 match victory.
Varley finished the night with a new career high of 26 kills. She had 51 attacks and nine errors for a .333 hitting percentage. Taylor Kinikini returned to action tonight and posted an impressive 41 assists.
Weber State ended the night with 52 total kills off of 136 attacks for a .235 hitting percentage. WSU also ended the night with 59 digs and eight total team blocks.
Montana had four athletes with double figure kills, Missy Huddleston and Urbach each had 11 while Silerolia Gaogao had 10. The Grizz ended the night with 46 kills off of 141 attacks and had 54 overall digs with 3.5 team blocks.
“It is going to be so nice to play at home,” Larsen said. “Being on the road the last two weekends have been exhausting.”
Weber State is now 3-3 in Big Sky Conference play and is 12-3 overall on the season. The Wildcats will return home to take on Idaho, Oct. 13 before hitting the road to take on Idaho State, Oct. 15.