The MSU volleyball team faced two of the conference leaders in the north division on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29. The women took on the University of Northern Colorado Bears, who are now 16-9, 7-3 in the conference in their first match of the weekend. After a tough loss to the Bears, the Cats had a quick turnaround to prepare for the match against University of North Dakota, who are 17-9, 8-2 in the conference after the match against MSU. One of UND’s conference losses came from a match against Northern Colorado.
The Bobcats lost to the Bears in four sets 22-25, 21-25, 25-18 and 12-25. Sophomore Natalie Passeck and freshman Caitlin Lonergan led the team in kills for the match with 11 and eight, respectively. Junior Katie Rutecki lead in assists with 21, followed by freshman Sydney Mathison, who finished the match with 18. Freshman Alyssa Rizzo made 20 digs in the match.
The next night, the team looked to learn from the mistakes of the night before and pulled an upset over UND. Unfortunately, the team lost in three sets 22-25, 18-25 and 17-25. Senior Kiana Black led in kills with 10 and blocks with seven. Mathison had 14 assist on the night, and Rizzo led in digs with 12.
The team is now 5-15, 3-8 in the conference and their next matches are against Sacramento State on Nov. 3, the last home game of the season, in Shroyer Gym, and against Montana on Nov. 4 in Missoula. The match against Sacramento State will begin at 7 p.m. With only five matches left of the season, the Bobcats look to add more wins to their record.