POCATELLO, Idaho – Weber State volleyball lost a tough one to Idaho State 3-0 Saturday night.
“Today was a tough day for us,” head coach Jeremiah Larsen said. “We will try to forget it, take the good and learn from the bad. Until we do that, we will never be able to move forward with progression.”
Idaho State got the early jump on Weber State in the first set with a 5-0 run, the Wildcats went on a 6-1 run to tie things back up and keep the game interesting. Late in the first set the Bengals took off with a 6-0 run and the Wildcats couldn’t catch up as ISU claimed the first set 25-18.
Early in the second game WSU had a 10-5 lead and maintained that lead until ISU scored eight unanswered points to tie things up at 18-18. The two teams remained close as the second set approached set point but ISU tied the match up at 25-25 then had an ace and a kill to finish it off with a 27-25 victory. The Bengals had a 2-0 lead going into the break.
After the break ISU started off with a 7-1 lead over the Wildcats. WSU surged to take a narrow 11-10 lead but later with a tie score at 24-24 the Bengals came up with a block and kill to claim the third set 26-24 giving the Bengals the overall three set victory.
The Wildcats were led by Andrea Hale who had 13 kills off of 25 attacks with only four errors for a .360 percentage. This was Hale’s fifth time with 10 or more kills this season. Megan Thompson also had a solid offensive effort with 10 kills off of 20 attacks for a .500 percentage which was the match high.
Hale also had the match high of five blocks while Thompson and Aubrey Saunders each added four on the night.
Overall, Weber State out blocked Idaho State 10-6. ISU had 59 digs to WSU’s 57 and 49 kills to the Wildcats 37.
Weber State is now 13-4 overall on the season and 4-4 in Big Sky Conference. They will host a pair of matches to Northern Colorado and North Dakota this weekend as the race for a Big Sky Championship tournament spots heat up.