LOGAN, Utah – Weber State women’s volleyball concluded the 2016 season Tuesday night against Utah State with a three set loss.
"It is a tough way to end a special season," head coach Jeremiah Larsen said. "With progress comes new challenges and new opportunities. We will remember the good things from this year like our 9-0 start, our first winning season since 2008 and we are going to learn and grow through our new challenges."
Despite the ending to the season this year, the Wildcats finished out the season with a 14-13 record, it’s first winning record since 2008. The Wildcats also had the best start to any season in school history this year with a 9-0 start and finished the year as one of the best blocking teams in the nation with it’s No. 4 ranking in blocks per set.
The Aggies came out strong in the first set with a 10-3 lead. No matter what the Wildcats tried to come back, they couldn’t catch up to Utah State and fell in the first set 11-25.
Weber State battled in the second set with an 8-4 lead early on. Utah State came back and tied things up at 12-12. The rest of the second game things remained within one point and the two teams took turns with the lead. Big kills from Amanda Varley, Megan Thompson and Rylin Roberts kept the Wildcats alive in the second game but ultimately a pair of Wildcat errors and a Utah State kill gave the Aggies the 25-22 second set win.
Utah State came out of the break with a 2-0 overall match lead over the Wildcats. Weber State couldn’t gain any footing in the third set as the Aggies charged to a 25-14 third set finish and a 3-0 victory over the Wildcats.
Weber State was led by Varley and Thompson who each had eight kills a piece. Aubrey Saunders had an impressive effort with six kills off of 10 attacks and only one error for a .500 hitting percentage.
Weber State had 30 total kills from 99 attacks for a .121 percentage. Utah State had 46 kills from 91 attacks for a .363 percentage.