Cats swept at home

The Montana State women’s volleyball team continued their struggling start to their Big Sky Conference season this weekend, getting swept twice at home. On Friday night, the Cats clashed with the University of Northern Colorado Bears. The match quickly turned into a lopsided affair, with the Bears cruising to a 25-15 victory in the first set. The Bears continued their dominance, defeating the Bobcats handily in three sets: 25-15, 25-15, 25-12. Montana State was outblocked 11-1.5 in the contest. Sophomore Kennadie Clute led the Cats with nine kills.

The Bobcats headed into Saturday’s contest with North Dakota lacking any momentum and it appeared to show in the first set as they fell 25-12. Montana State put up more of a fight in the next two sets, but not enough to prevent a second straight sweep at home, losing the next two sets 25-20 and 25-18. Junior Eli Svisco led the Cats in kills, posting a match high 13.

With the pair of losses, Montana State falls to just 3-13 on the season and 0-4 in conference play. They will now hit the road and try and turn things around, facing Southern Utah on Thursday night for the first of four straight road contests.

“We have to battle in every set . . . Anything we get, we’re gonna have to take,” MSU Head Coach Kyle Weindel said. “We have moments of greatness but for us to sustain that high level of play is incredibly important.”