Volleyball falls to Griz in home opener

The Bobcat volleyball team got off to a hot start in their home opener but could not shut the door on the rival University of Montana Grizzlies on Sept. 27. After starting the season with a long series of road trips, the Bobcats finally returned home to Shroyer Gym for the first of just eight home matches this season.

The early season for the MSU volleyball program was filled with some bright spots but not much overall success. Coming into the weekend contest with the Grizzlies, the Cats were just 3-10 on the season. Even so, the Cats seemed to have a shot at winning the matchup with the University of Montana — the Lady Griz had just one win after their first 13 matches.

The Bobcats grabbed an early lead over the Grizzlies. They dominated the first set, winning 25-16. The Cats also won the second set 25-21 and the match looked to be solidly within reach. After the break, the Grizzlies came out hungry, snatching the final three sets, 25-18, 25-22 and 15-12, earning the victory over MSU.

The Bobcats had four players with double digit kills: junior Eli Svisco led all players with 14 and sophomore Kennadie Clute contributed 13. The Lady Griz were led by Capri Richardson, who had 12 kills and 8 blocks in the comeback effort.

“I think we need to get better at not taking any match for granted and continuing to play. I thought we were really in the driver’s seat after those first two sets. Credit Montana for hanging in there, but I feel like we kinda let off the gas pedal a little bit.” MSU Head Coach Kyle Weindel said after the match.

“We need to continue to put together runs of points . . . sustained high level of play,” Weindel continued. “We’re still incredibly young and incredibly talented — we unfortunately keep getting taught these hard lessons of why you shouldn’t do this, why you should do that.”

This weekend, the Cats continue their homestand and will face Northern Colorado on Friday night and North Dakota on Saturday night. Both matches will take place at 7 p.m. in Shroyer Gym.