CHENEY, Wash. – Weber State volleyball dropped its fourth consecutive match Saturday night as they fell to Eastern Washington tonight in a five set match.
“We missed a great opportunity tonight,” said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. “We will look to the character and leadership of this team to rebound for Saturday.”
Weber State started the match off strong with a 10-6 lead over EWU. The Wildcats pushed forward and maintained a two point lead until the Eagles tied things up at 20-20. WSU finished the first game off with a back-to-back kills, one by Megan Thompson and the second from Amanda Varley to give the Wildcats the first game 25-23 win.
The Eagles answered the Wildcat victory with a 12-9 lead over the Wildcats early in the second set. WSU pushed and tied things up at 12-12 but EWU went on a 4-0 run that Wildcats couldn’t quite recover from. EWU claimed the second set 25-21.
The third set started off with a 5-0 Wildcat run. Later EWU tied things up at 11-11 with a 6-0 run. The Wildcats would not let that stand as they went on a 5-0 run that carried them to the 25-20 third set win.
Eastern Washington took control of the fourth set with a 7-3 early lead. The Wildcats postponed set point with a kill by Megan Gnieting and another by Ciera Borho but EWU claimed the fourth set 25-17. Things were all tied up at 2-2 forcing the match into a fifth set.
When it comes to the fifth set, every single point is crucial and any type of run can make or break the match. Unfortunately the fifth set did not go in favor of the Wildcats. WSU trailed by two points early in the fifth set and when the Eagles went on a 6-1 run the ‘Cats didn’t have enough time to recover and Eastern Washington claimed the final game 15-9 and the overall match 3-2.
The Wildcats were led by Thompson who had 13 kills off 29 attacks for a .310 percentage. Varley also had double figure kills with 10 on the night. Taylor Christensen-Kinikini had 22 assists while Bailey Irwin added 17.
Weber State had 50 total kills off of 144 attacks with only 21 service errors for a .201 percentage. EWU had 67 kills off 175 attacks with 30 errors for a .211 percentage. Eastern Washington out dug Weber State 64-50 and out blocked the Wildcats 14-10.
Weber State drops to 4-7 in Big Sky Conference play and 13-7 overall on the season. The Wildcats will return home to take on Idaho State Saturday night.