Cats beat Griz, earn conference spot

MSU Volleyball had one last chance to make it to conference when it came down to a match against the University of Montana on Monday, Nov. 19. Playing on UM’s turf, each set brought an intense battle where the Bobcats and the Griz switched off holding the lead.

Finally, MSU won the the sixth place spot for conference with a final set score of 3-1. At the post-game press conference, Coach Kyle Weindel said, “I knew we would be able to string together some runs, so we were careful in not burning timeouts…we knew what was at stake and we stayed aggressive and got the kills we needed.”

Stand-out players from this game included outside hitter Sarah Horton with 21 kills — the highest of the game. Outside hitter Macy Page had 15 kills. Setter Jenn Lundquist mde 55 assists during the game and 19 digs, while middle blockers Taylar Barney and Natalee Godfrey together had 17 kills and 11 blocks.

With these statistics, MSU’s temporary streak of losses was broken and they were able to triumph in Monday’s fourth and final set against the Griz.

The team’s next game is scheduled for Friday Nov. 23 against the No. 3 sede Northern Arizona, at Northern Colorado. This will be the first round of the Big Sky Conference Championships.