Bobcat volleyball defeated the Northern Arizona (NAU) this past Friday. This was an exceptional win in particular for the Bobcats as they hadn’t defeated the Lumberjacks since the fall of 2006. It all went down when the Bobcats won the match in the fifth set, with standout performances from freshman Kennadie Clute and Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week Natalie Godfrey. Clute’s accomplishments were noted by her career and Big Sky Conference best of 31 kills, and Godfrey for her career best 16 kills and five blocks. The game ended in a fifth set score of 15-13.
The Cats played again Saturday night against the Southern Utah (SUU) Thunderbirds, where MSU was able to victoriously power through once more. The Bobcats claimed a 3-1 victory, even though the match didn’t begin with a solidified victory. “We started off slow and by the end of set two and into sets three and four we were clicking,” said Head Coach Kyle Weindel after the match. “Our left-sides got it going and our four primary attackers were all in double-digit kills, and when we do that, we’re hard to defend.”
Standout players in this match came in at different points to perform at just the right moments. At the end of the second set, Clute made an essential kill while libero Nicole Baker’s ace was responded with an error by the Thunderbirds, which ensured the second set takeover by the Bobcats.
Freshman Loni Kruen played an enormous part in the last set with a kill to set the score at 25-24, with senior Megan Spofford blocking the Thunderbird’s response and confirming the Bobcat’s victory in the match.
Although both games brought victories, the team had a slightly different mindset before each one. “On Friday night we were playing a team that we hadn’t beaten in eight years, so we really had nothing to lose,” said outside hitter Eli Svisco. “We were still excited and ready to go on Saturday, but it wasn’t on the same level. Our success is truly dependent on how badly we want to win. The rest of the components we need are already there.”
With this in mind, the sweep sets the team with valuable confidence to take on their future matches. Next stop for the Bobcats is Sacramento, Calif. where they will face the Sac State Hornets on Saturday.