PORTLAND, OR - Weber State volleyball was looking to solidify their spot in the Big Sky Tournament with a win tonight but fell to Portland State in three sets. The Wildcats can still claim a spot in the championships with a win on Saturday or an Idaho loss.
"This is a situation we are unaccustomed to being in and we aren't responding to it very well," said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. "Our backs are against the wall and we need to start learning how to attack the situation or we are going to find our season ending sooner than we want it to."
Portland State got an 8-2 jump on the Wildcats early in the first set. Weber State brought the score within one point with a 6-2 run and later WSU tied things up at 22-22 making things interesting late in the first game.
PSU had set point at 24-22 but a kill by Andrea Hale and a big block by Megan Thompson and Taylor Christensen-Kinkini forced the set into extra points. Rylin Roberts and Amanda Varley also had kills that helped keep the Wildcats alive but a Wildcat error and a Viking block gave the first set to Portland State with a 30-28 score.
Weber State stayed within two points for the majority of the second set. They had a 3-0 run late in the set to bring the score to 23-24 but PSU finished out and claimed the set 25-23. The Vikings had the 2-0 match lead going into the break.
Early in the third set Portland State went on a 10-2 run giving them a 14-7 lead. Weber State couldn't catch up and fell in the third set 25-16. Portland State claimed the match 3-0.
Weber State was led by Varley who had nine kills. Thompson had the match high percentage with .667 having eight kills from 12 attacks with no errors. Thompson also had eight blocks on the night to help the Wildcats force 21 Viking errors.
Weber State ended the night with 37 kills from 113 attacks for a .230 percentage. WSU only had 11 hitting errors on the night. WSU also posted 62 total digs and 14 team blocks.
The Wildcats are now 14-11 overall on the season and 5-10 in Big Sky play. Weber State will travel to Sacramento State for the final Big Sky match of the year Saturday at 2:00 p.m. MST.