Cats win against Grizzlies

Montana State's Caitlin Lonergan (4) and Natalie Passeck (9) celebrate after scoring another point against the Griz in Saturday's Brawl of the Wild Match in which MSU won 3-1.
Montana State’s Caitlin Lonergan (4) and Natalie Passeck (9) celebrate after scoring another point against the Griz in Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild Match in which MSU won 3-1.
Evi Wilson (17) and Natalie Passeck (9) jump to block the ball spiked by Alexis Urbach (3) in the 3rd set of the Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 Brawl of the Wild match.
Evi Wilson (17) and Natalie Passeck (9) jump to block the ball spiked by Alexis Urbach (3) in the 3rd set of the Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 Brawl of the Wild match.
Eli Svisco (16) spikes a ball past Cassie Laramee (10) in the Brawl of the Wild volleyball match Saturday night  Oct. 1 in Shroyer Gym.
Eli Svisco (16) spikes a ball past Cassie Laramee (10) in the Brawl of the Wild volleyball match Saturday night Oct. 1 in Shroyer Gym.
Eli Svisco (16) jumps to spike the ball against the Griz in the third set of the four set match Saturday night in Shroyer Gym Oct. 1, 2016. Photos by Colter Peterson
Eli Svisco (16) jumps to spike the ball against the Griz in the third set of the four set match Saturday night in Shroyer Gym Oct. 1, 2016.
Photos by Colter Peterson

After another loss for the Bobcat volleyball team, the Cats returned to Bozeman Oct. 1 for the highly anticipated Cat-Griz battle. They lost to Portland State University in three sets on Sept. 29, but the team recovered and beat the Griz four sets to one.

MSU lost the first set 25-22, but rallied and won the next three 25-18, 25-17 and 25-22. This was the first conference win and third overall win for the Cats. Their first two wins came early in the season in tournament play against Grand Canyon University and Jacksonville State.

Freshman Caitlin Lonergan led the team in kills with 17, and junior Kiana Black ended with 10. Both also had two kills each. Junior Katie Rutecki led in assists with 27, freshman Sydney Mathison had 17. Freshman Alyssa Rizzo led in digs, with a total of 19. Junior Audra Dugan, senior Eli Svisco and Black led in blocks with seven, five and five, respectively.

The Bobcats will look to win more conference games Oct. 6 and Oct. 8 against Weber State and Idaho State. The game on Oct. 6 will begin at 7 p.m. in Shroyer Gym. The Idaho State game will begin at 12 p.m.