OGDEN - Weber State volleyball lost it's third straight match Saturday night against North Dakota in four sets.
"Despite the last couple outcomes, I like the direction the team is headed," said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. "We've made some nice progress in areas we've been emphasizing. We need to improve in areas where our opponents exploited this weekend."
North Dakota started the first set with a 5-1 lead. They maintained the lead for the rest of the first set and the Wildcats couldn't break giving the Fighting Hawks the 25-20 opening set win.
The Wildcats came out blazing in the second set taking an 8-5 lead. UND answered with a 6-2 run taking a 12-11 lead. WSU didn't bow down and with two kills by Megan Thompson the Wildcats claimed the second set 25-21.
Late in the third set UND went on a 7-1 run and later ended the game on a 4-0 run to claim the third set 25-20, giving them the 2-1 overall lead in the match. In the fourth game the Fighting Hawks jumped to a 6-2 lead and despite a valiant effort fromt the Wildcats, UND won the fourth and final set 25-22 giving them the overall 3-1 victory.
Weber State was led by Amanda Varley for the second night in a row, this time with 14 kills from 33 attacks. Thompson also had double digit kills with 13 off of 29 attacks for .345 percentage on the night. Andrea Hale also had double figure kills with 12. Taylor Christensen-Kinikini had 33 assists and Bailey Irwin added 10 assists.
Weber State now drops to 13-6 overall on the seaosn a 4-6 in the Big Sky Conference. They will travel to Eastern Washington Thursday before returning home to host Idaho State in the annual Alumni Night.