The MSU Bobcat volleyball team’s recent road trip started slowly but ended positively. The Cats (11-5, 5-3) traveled to Northern Arizona (14-3, 6-2) Thursday night, where they hit a season-low .084 from the field and fell in straight sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18.
“We played well in most phases of the game with the exception of offense,” said Head Coach Kyle Weindel. “We struggled with unforced errors and getting kills. That ultimately led to the loss.”
Sarah Horton had 10 kills, and was the only Bobcat with double-digit points.
From Northern Arizona, the Cats travelled to Cedar City, Utah to visit their newest Big Sky Conference foe, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (8-11, 4-4). Where they pulled out a win in four sets, 25-18, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20.
“SUU gave us all we could handle at times, but our consistency proved to be the deciding factor,” said Weindel. “We pressed them when we needed to and responded when we were pushed.”
Horton scored a double-double with 22 kills and 13 digs. Freshman Eli Svisko also had a double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs. Senior setter, Jennifer Lundquist, added 50 assists, providing plenty of scoring opportunities for her teammates.
“Although we didn’t play our best volleyball, we came away with the win. That showed a lot of the character of the team,” Weindel said. “It was a good road trip for us in the long run — it helped our conference standing and gave us a game lead over SUU and NAU which is huge.”
MSU sits in fifth place in the Big Sky Conference, but trail Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona by one game for a three-way tie for third.
The Bobcats host a pair of Big Sky Conference teams this week. Sacramento State visits on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., and the Montana Grizzlies visit Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.