Volleyball edges out Eastern Washington

The Montana State women’s volleyball team finally broke through this weekend to grab their first home win and just their second conference win of the season. It didn’t come easily for the Cats though. The Bobcats started the weekend early, with a matchup against the Idaho Vandals on Thursday, Oct. 30.

The Cats kept it close with Idaho — the conference frontrunners — but couldn’t close out the sets. Falling 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 in straight sets, a solid Bobcat effort was not enough to prevent the sweep. Junior Natalee Godfrey led the Cats in kills with 12 and sophomore Kennadie Clute added nine.

After facing the Vandals earlier in the week, the Bobcats played the Eagles of Eastern Washington on Saturday. Early in the match, it looked like the Cats were going to capitulate again, losing the first set 25-21. However, the Bobcats finally were able to close out a set and grabbed the second one 27-25.

But the Eagles weren’t going to be downed quite so quickly. EWU surged in the next set, winning 25-21 and going up 14-7 in the fourth looking to close it out. The Bobcats responded though and went on a 15-8 run to win the fourth set 26-24.

Now with momentum solidly in their corner, the Cats came out and won the fifth and final set 15-10 for the 3-2 match victory on their home court. Clute led Montana State with 19 kills on the day while freshman Jolie Meade led the team in blocks with eight.

The split at home brings the Bobcats to 2-10 in conference play and 5-19 overall. Montana State will now return to the road to face North Dakota and Northern Colorado before returning to Bozeman for their final home match of the 2014 campaign against the Weber State Wildcats on Nov. 13.