A 3-0 win over Conference foe against Weber State in Shroyer Gym on Friday gave the Bobcats their first win after a six-game losing streak. Head Coach Kyle Weindel said in a post-game comment that the team played more for each other this time around, while showing their true toughness against their competitors.
Once Saturday rolled around, the team brought the heat again against Idaho State. They didn’t reign supreme over the Bengals in the end, losing in the fifth set, though that didn’t mean their performance was inadequate.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our effort,” said Weindel. “That was the most efficient we’ve played over the course of consecutive sets all season. The fifth set didn’t quite go our way, but I think our players are understanding and know when it’s okay to take risks.”
Even though the Bobcats fell short of a win in their final set 11-15, the caliber with which they executed plays continues to show progress and improvement throughout their season.
Standout players from MSU included senior libero Nicole Baker, making 16 digs, and junior defensive specialist Kasey Schlatter adding 11. Freshman outside hitter Kennadie Clute made the highest number of kills at 26, freshman outside hitter Loni Kreun contributed 17 and nine were added by sophomore middle blocker Natalee Godfrey. Adding to this success, freshman setter Anna Sykora played her part, making 56 assists. These outstanding performances allowed for the team to compete effectively despite falling short point wise.
For the rest of the season the Bobcats have trips to Southern Utah on Nov. 14, and Northern Arizona Nov. 16. The team will be back home in Shroyer to face Sacramento State on Nov. 21 and the UM Grizzlies Nov. 25, both matches at 7 p.m.