MSU volleyball plays in annual alumni match

Montana State middle blocker Audra Dugan (12) hits the ball between two Montana STate Alumni volleball players during an Alumni game in Bozeman, Mont. Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2017. Photo By Amy Lynn Nelson

After two highly competitive tournaments where the MSU Volleyball Team showed a promising start to the season, the players were able to relax a bit and face off against their own alumni on Sept. 9 in Shroyer Gym.

This is the third consecutive year the Bobcats have taken a weekend off during the non-conference part of their schedule specifically for the alumni match. The goal in doing so is to provide the team with an opportunity to rest after an intense few weekends of tournaments to kick off the season, as well as give them a chance to develop more of a routine with their added schoolwork and other responsibilities. The Bobcats did not change their rigorous practice schedule or lighten up on drills for the alumni match, but prepared for it just as they would a regular competitive conference match-up.

While the match does not count towards the team’s record and there is no technical winner, it was played the same way a regular match would be held, with fans welcome and regular rules applying. However, in this match only three sets were played, giving the team a break from their typical schedule of up to five sets per match. The alumni match also allows the Cats to meet with previous players and witness their legacy first-hand, giving the players MSU role models within the sport that demonstrate what it means to be a Bobcat for life.

The Cat’s alumni team consisted of Cris Miller, Becky (Davis) Pipal, Heather (Dolan) Bergeson, Lisa (McCanlies) Neumann, Kandice (Kelly) Gregorak, Macy (Merrell) Page, Alex Penewell, Taylar (Barney) Halgren, Megan (Zanto) Handl, Meggie (Malyurek) Jackson, Shannon (Kemper) Lundgren and Eli Svisco.

Next weekend the Bobcats will return to their competitive schedule, heading to California for the UC Irvine/Long Beach State Classic Sept. 15-16. They will then head to Idaho for their first conference matchup on Sept. 21. The Bobcats are currently 4-2 on the season.