OGDEN - In the first five set match at home this year, Weber State volleyball fought until the final point in the final game but fell to Northern Colorado with a final score of 3-2.
"I'm proud with the way our girls competed tonight," said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. "Northern Colorado is a very good team. We played a high level of volleyball tonight for a very long time which we haven't done in a while."
Northern Colorado had a 13-7 jump on Weber State and despite strong Wildcat efforts the Bears claimed the first set 25-17.
With the scored tied at 16-16 the second set was going to go to the team that consistently executed. WSU went on a 7-1 run giving them a 17-23 lead. The Bears answered with a 6-0 run and tied everything back up at 24-24. UNC's Ashley Guthrie had a service error followed by a Bears' attack error giving WSU the 26-24 second game win. Things were all tied up going into the break.
The Bears started the third set with a 10-4 lead. Later in the third game the Wildcats brought the score within three but Northern Colorado had a kill from Guthrie followed by a block from Guthrie to give the Bears the 25-20 third game win. WSU was now down 2-1 going into the fourth set.
Midway through the fourth game Weber State had a solid 16-10 lead and Northern Colorado couldn't recover. WSU pushed their lead to 21-15 and later 24-17. With set point on the line UNC managed two points but a kill from Rylin Roberts gave the Wildcats the 25-19 victory to tie the overall match up at 2-2.
It all came down to the final moments in the fifth set. Both teams were point for point in the fifth set. With things all tied up at 14-14 the Bears managed to squeak out two points for a 16-14 game victory and overall 3-2 match victory.
Weber State had three Wildcats with double digit kills, starting off with Amanda Varley who had 17kills off of 44 attacks for a .273 hitting percentage. Andrea Hale also had a solid performance with 12 kills off of 35 attacks. Megan Thompson added 11 kills from 23 attacks for an impressive .304 percentage.
Defensively, Thompson had a great night with 10 blocks including four solos giving her her fourth double-double on the year. Hale added five blocks to the night and Aubrey Saunders had four. Thamires Cavalcanti had the match high of 21 digs while Tanisha Langston added11.
Weber State had 56 kills off of 152 attacks with 21 errors for a .230 percentage while Northern Colorado had 79 kills off 191 attacks and 29 errors for a .262 percentage. The Bears had 69 digs to the Wildcats 67 but Weber State had 19 team blocks to Northern Colorado's seven.
The Wildcats are now 13-5 overall on the season and are now 4-5 in the Big Sky Conference. Weber State is set to host North Dakota tomorrow night before hitting the road to Eastern Washington. The Wildcats return to the Swenson Gym Saturday, October 29 to take on the Bengals from Idaho State.