Vandals defeat Cats in three close sets

The Montana State University Bobcats competed against the University of Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Oct. 17 in Shroyer Gym. MSU lost to the Vandals three sets to none.

The Cats got off to a good start, pulling ahead 8-4 in the first set. With the score at 12-9 the Vandals went on a 4-1 lead to tie the score at 13-13. Tied at 16 apiece, the Vandals scored four unanswered points to take a 20-16 lead and coast to a 25-21 victory. “Despite the loss I think they did a good job of focusing and moving on when a mistake happens,” Head Coach J.J. Riley said.

The Bobcats started off slow in the second set, allowing the Vandals took a 6-1 early lead. A kill by senior Natalee Godfrey got the team rolling again and the Bobcats went on a 13-7 run to tie the score at 14 apiece and force Idaho to take a timeout. Following the timeout, the Vandals jumped out in front again before the Cats tied it at 24 apiece. Two unanswered Vandal points closed out the second set.

Montana State got off to another slow start in the third set, and the Vandals jumped to a 11-4 lead. The Vandals continued to build on that lead as the set progressed and led 20-13. The Bobcats went on a 9-4 run to bring the game within two points before the Vandals closed out the game with a score of 25-22. “The girls were mentally tough and focused on what they needed to do instead of the scoreboard,” Riley said. “Doing that allows you to come back like that.” The Cats were led in kills by Godfrey with 14, and Kasey Altman led in digs with 13. “We really focused on recovering, and that was key to helping us get out of some of those ruts,” Altman said.  

Montana State will travel to Sacramento on Thursday, Oct. 22 to take on the Sacramento State Hornets.