The Weber State volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 win over Montana Friday morning in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament in Portland, Oregon. The ‘Cats pulled out a 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12 win, giving them a tournament win for the second-straight season. WSU will now face number one seed Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the tournament Friday night in Portland.
That match was close all the way and after splitting the first two sets, Montana jumped out to a 8-3 lead in the fifth set and looked to be in control. However, the Wildcats didn’t quit and rallied off six straight points and took a 9-8 lead. They again lead at 12-9 when the Grizzlies scored three straight to tie the it up at 12-12. But the ‘Cats closed out the match with three-straight kills, one by Jenna Leggat and two by Leah Burmeister to seal the victory.
The Wildcats posted two more kills and out hit the Grizzlies .203 to .174. Montana posted ten more digs than the Wildcats and both teams finished with 9.5 blocks.
Weber State was led by Chelsea Bair who posted her Big Sky-best 19th double-double of the season, finishing with 18 kills and 15 digs. The 18 kills ties a season-high for Bair, and the 15 digs, moved her over 1,000 for her career.
WSU finished with four players in double-digits in kills. Burmeister posted a season-high of 17 kills and also had 15 digs for her eighth double-double of the year. Brittney Bisaillon added 11 kills and five blocks and Jenna Leggat chipped in ten kills.
Montana won the first set and held a 20-16 lead in the second set and appeared to be in control. But then the Wildcats went on a 9-1 run to close out the set and even the match at 1-1.
The Grizzlies regained the lead when they captured the third set. The Wildcats held a 20-19 lead before the Grizzlies rattled off a run to get the win.
There were nine ties and seven lead changes in the fourth set before the Wildcats were able to secure the win.
Friday’s win was the second-straight year in which the ‘Cats have won a tournament match. It was also their fifth tournament win in school history.
The win also gives Weber State 21 wins on the year, their most wins in 20 years. The ‘Cats are now 21-12 overall on the year.
The Wildcats will now face top-seeded Eastern Washington in the semifinals Friday night at 6:30 Mountain time in Portland.