Bobcat Volleyball drops conference bout

The Bobcat volleyball team recently welcomed the Fighting Hawks of the University of North Dakota for a Big Sky Conference match-up. The Cats fought hard, but found themselves on the wrong side of the broom as the the Hawks went on to sweep the Cats in three straight sets on Friday, Oct. 13.

The Cats came out strong in the first set, matching the Hawks point for point until the Hawks eventually worked up to a four-point advantage. That advantage would hold true in the final score as the Hawks took the first set 25-21.

The story remained the same in the second set as the Cats went toe-to-toe for the start of the match, with the Hawks building a seven-point lead late in the match. The Bobcats fought hard for the comeback but the Hawks would take the set 25-20 to go into the break up two sets to none.

In the third set, the Cats kept the set much closer, not allowing North Dakota to jump out to a large lead. Late in the set, the Bobcats pulled to within two with a score of 20-18, but the Hawks responded and grinded out the win 25-20 to take the third set and the match.

Junior outside hitter Natalie Passeck racked up 11 kills to lead the Cats on offense with senior setter Katie Rutecki adding to her already impressive year with 28 assists.

The Bobcats will finish up their homestand with games against Northern Arizona on Oct. 19 and Southern Utah on Oct. 21. They will look to gain some momentum to finish off the season with only eight conference matches left.

 

Montana State libero Allysa Rizzo (10) hits the ball against University of North Dakota during an NCAA volleyball game in Bozeman, Mont. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Photo by Ashley Shenyer.
Montana State outside hitter Hannah Scott (16) hits the ball against University of North Dakota during an NCAA volleyball game in Bozeman, Mont. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Photo by Ashley Shenyer.
Montana State middle blocker Kelsie White (7) and Montana State outside hitter Savannah Laws (13) block a hit by North Dakota outside hitter Tamara Merseli (7) (not pictured) during an NCAA volleyball game in Bozeman, Mont. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Photo by Ashley Shenyer.
Montana State outside hitter Libby Christensen (3) prepares to spike the ball against North Dakota outside hitter Tamara Merseli (7) during an NCAA volleyball game in Bozeman, Mont. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Photo by Ashley Shenyer