The Montana State volleyball team ended a magical weekend for Bobcat Athletics by defeating Idaho State 26-28, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-7 from a 2-0 deficit on Saturday night scored at Reed Gym.
After the weekend started with a 3-0 win by then-league leaders Weber State, the Montana State volleyball team (13=15, 9-7) sat back and watched back-to-back wins in basketball, an NCAA cross- Country performance for the MSU men and the 121stSt Brawl of the Wild defeats its archrival before taking on the Bengals on Saturday night.
Montana State held two set points in the opening frame before Idaho State (13-16, 5-11) ended the game with three straight points. MSU trailed by seven early in the second set before taking their first 16-15 lead on a 12-4 run. With a set tie of 20 to all, the Bengals scored back-to-back points and held on to victory by going into the break with a 2-0 advantage.
“Idaho State played aggressively and fought for placement in the Big Sky tournament,” said MSU’s acting head coach Cole Aiazzi. “We played well in the first two sets but we lost some momentum. We were able to push our way through and find a way to win. I really liked our weekend. Any time you can pull off two Big Sky away wins, you’re doing something right.”
Montana State beat Idaho State by .247 to .090 in the last three sets, including .375 to -095 in the fifth. In the final frame, MSU pulled away 2-1 on a 5-1 run and never looked back. The Bobcats capped off the weekend with a block from Kira Thomsen and Jordan Radick.
“Like Thursday night, we had a lot of people who contributed,” Aiazzi said. “Different kids do different things. We have a lot of options and that’s what you want in the postseason.”
Thomsen advanced MSU with 21 kills, while Radick and Courtney Weatherby were also in double figures with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Thomsen also finished with 10 digs, the season’s best four aces and two blocks. Radick hit .571 and added five blocks while Weatherby threw up 11 digs, two aces and two blocks.
Setters Nellie Reese and Delaney Shearan shared 23 and 19 assists, respectively, and Shearan hit a double-double with 12 digs.
Defensively, Lauren Lindseth beat MSU with 20 digs and a season-high four aces. At net, MSU was led by Jourdain Klein and Emma Pence with seven and five blocks, respectively.
The Bobcats will be No. 6 in next week’s Big Sky tournament and will face host and No. 3 Weber State on Wednesday in Ogden, Utah. Season times have not been set.