The Montana State Bobcats started off their last home stand against the University of North Dakota Friday, Nov. 6 in Shroyer Gym. The Cats lost the hard-fought game 3-1.
Montana State scored the firsts few points of first set, leading 4-1 before UND went on a 14-5 run to lead 15-9. The Cats crawled back, and with the UND leading 19-14 MSU scored five unanswered points to tie the set at 19 apiece. The Bobcats were unable to capitalize on their run however, and North Dakota took the first set with a score of 25-23.
Montana State jumped ahead in the second set, and led 10-4 before UND rallied back to tie it at 10 apiece. The score was tied 10 more times before North Dakota scored two unanswered and won the second set 25-23. “The biggest challenge for us is focusing on what we can do on the court and not worry about the past,” Montana State Head Coach J.J. Riley said. “I think we’ve done a great job this year of getting better at it, but it is still a focus for us.”
Montana State came out strong in the third set and established an early lead. Leading 18-16 the Cats went on a 7-2 run to close out the third set and force a fourth. “We came out fired up in the third set,” sophomore Kasey Altman said. “We really played like a team and maintained that intensity we started with.”
The lead changed several times early in the fourth set. With the score tied at 11 apiece UND outscored MSU 7-2 to take a commanding 18-13 lead. With the score at 23-20, UND finished off the set with a score of 25-20. Senior Natalee Godfrey led the Bobcats in kills with 15, and freshmen Chase Doughty and Natalie Passeck each contributed with 13 kills apiece. Altman led the Cats defensively with 19 digs.