Last Friday and Saturday night brought MSU volleyball their last home battles against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Northern Arizona (NAU) Lumberjacks.
Friday’s match ended in an unfortunate loss for the Bobcats that didn’t come without a hard fight. With Southern Utah winning three of four sets, MSU shifted their focus toward the upcoming game against NAU, and the senior night celebration.
Libero Nicole Baker expressed her motivation as Saturday night’s game was centered around the senior volleyball players. “Last year we worked extremely hard to get the last two wins at home for the seniors, and I wanted to lay it all out on the floor and give them the same type of effort, if not more than it took to give the seniors a good send-off in the 2011 season,” she said.
MSU Head Coach Kyle Weindel reported his veiw of the results in a press conference after the game. “I really liked the way we started each set,” he said. “The problem in the first two sets is that we were unable to sustain the level of play for the duration of the set.”
The team subsequently played NAU on Saturday, this match also ended in a Bobcat loss with NAU winning three sets and MSU two.
“It was a tough match to lose,” Weindel said. “I’m proud of our kids for coming back from the loss to Southern Utah and giving Northern Arizona all they could handle.”
Seniors Jenn Lundquist, Macy Page and Taylar Barney all played essential roles on the team and brought much of the fight against NAU.
Lundquist has been recognized for her high average of assists, ranking sixth in the conference. Page has made an outstanding number of kills during competition, her best at 27 kills during this season’s victory over Eastern Washington. Barney was one of four players with the highest number of kills during the game against NAU, making ten kills that added to their efforts.
The team looks forward to their future games in order to compete in the Big Sky Conference. “Our expectations at this point are to go on the road and win, and in order to still make the conference tournament, that is what we need to do in order to guarantee a spot,” Baker said.
After closing out their last home matches, the team competes against Sacramento State in Sacramento and UM in Missoula on Nov. 15 and Nov. 19 respectively.