Cats split matches on the road

The Bobcats Volleyball team played two matches over the weekend. MSU defeated Weber State three sets to two in Ogden, Utah on Oct. 5. The Bobcats battled through a close first four sets and came out victorious in the fifth set to seal the match win. Outside hitters freshman Hannah Scott and junior Natalie Passeck lead the team with 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Freshman Kelsie White as middle blocker finished the night with 13 kills on offense and lead the way with nine blocks defensively. Likewise, sophomore Allyssa Rizzo as the libero contributed 26 digs to the defense.

This victory was more than just another win for the Bobcats, as winning on the road in the Big Sky Conference (BSC) has not been easy for the team, with a current BSC record of 2-4. Head Coach Daniel Jones said, “We challenged the girls to be road warriors and they really embraced that.” Passing and serving carried the Bobcats to an offensive win, Jones said, by putting pressure on Weber State’s defense. They came away with the victory after five close matches, with scores of 23-25, 25-23,18-25, 25-23 and 15-12.

White was proud of this victory in particular as well, saying, “I think in this game we showed a lot of confidence and grit, through the high and low points. We found a sense of determination we forgot we had.” In order to be a contender at the Big Sky Tournament, White said the team’s philosophy is “to hate losing more than we love winning.”

The Bobcats fell short two days later to Idaho State, losing two sets to three on Oct. 7 in Pocatello, Idaho with set scores of 28-26, 25-20, 15-25, 17-25 and 12-15. The Cats started off strong, but their momentum dropped off in the final sets. Passeck, Scott and freshman middle blocker Kiana Black led the team with 17, 10 and eight kills, respectively. For defense, Rizzo once again led the way with 30 digs.

Moving forward, Jones said, “We need to string wins together to go to the Big Sky Conference Tournament and be the team that nobody wants to play.”

MSU will take on North Dakota in Shroyer Gym on Oct. 13.