OREM, Utah – Weber State volleyball fell in five sets to in-state rival Utah Valley Tuesday night.
"I'm proud of thte way the ladies fought tonight," said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. "We made some great strides in areas that we've been working on."
In the first game, UVU jumped out to a 7-3 lead over the Wildcats. Weber State then went on a 5-0 run to tie things up at 8-8 and later took a 14-12 lead. Weber State had a 23-19 lead when Utah Valley scored three unanswered points to bring the score to 23-22.
WSU ended the set with a strong kill from Megan Gnieting for a 25-23 victory. The score was tied five different times in the set and the lead changed three times.
WSU carried the momentum into the second set by going on an early 5-1 run. UVU made the set interesting by keeping the score within at least two points. Late in the set UVU went on a 5-0 run to claim the lead at 22-19. The Wolverines ultimately claimed the second set 25-21.
The score was all tied up at one set a piece going into the break. UVU came out of break and claimed the third set 25-19 giving them the 2-1 match lead.
Weber State started the fourth set with a 6-3 lead over Utah Valley. WSU’s early lead helped the Wildcats maintain control of the fourth set. Weber State had set point at 24-19 but UVU scored four straight points to bring the score 24-23.
Amanda Varley came up with a power kill to end the fourth set in favor of the Wildcats for a 25-23 score. This in-state rival match was headed into five sets.
The fifth set started out with the two teams matching each other in points. UVU had an 8-6 lead at the mid-set switch. WSU closed the gap with a kill from Rylin Roberts and another from Andrea Hale tying things up at 9-9.
Another kill by Hale and a block by Hale and Megan Thompson gave WSU the lead for the first time in the fifth set. WSU took a two point lead with another block from Hale and Thompson and a UVU error.
With the match on the line, Varley had a strong kill to force it to set point but UVU quickly answered with a block. After a Wildcat timeout the Wolverines came in and scored one point tying things up at 14-14. A Wildcat error and a Wolverine kill gave the fifth set and overall match to UVU.
Weber State was led by Varley who had 14 kills from 38 attacks. Thompson also had double digit kills with 11 from 27 attacks. Roberts added 10 kills off of 26 attacks with no errors for an impressive .417 hitting percentage on the night.
Weber State ended the night with 65 kills off of 172 attacks with 32 errors. Utah Valley ended the night with 62 kills off of 167 attacks with 24 errors. WSU had 69 digs to UVU’s 67.
The Wildcats return to Swenson Gym, Thursday to host Northern Arizona before taking on Southern Utah Saturday night for Senior Night. WSU is now 13-9 overall on the season and remains 4-8 in Big Sky Conference play.