Led by a pair of well-balanced team efforts, the Weber State University volleyball team captured its final two matches of the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic by defeating Louisiana Tech and Texas-Pan American.The Wildcats finished the two-day, five team tourney with a 4-0 record, earning their first tournament title since the 2010 season. Redshirt freshman Rebecca Fuchs was named as the tournament MVP, while senior setter Caitlin Penrod was also named to the all-tournament team. Fuchs recorded 55 kills (3.93/set) and hit .244 while also recording 29 digs (2.07/set), five blocks and five service aces. Penrod averaged 9.29 assists per set (130 total), recording six service aces and 21 digs (1.50/set).
Weber State opened up Saturday by sweeping Louisiana Tech 25-17, 25-22, 25-19, and then wrapped up the tournament by topping Texas-Pan American, 27-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20.
Sophomore Audrey Biggs led Weber State against the Lady Techsters, recording 11 kills and three blocks. Fuchs had nine kills in the match, while junior Briana Wilms had eight kills, redshirt freshman Mariah Katoa had seven kills and redshirt freshman Audrey Gee had five blocks.
As a team, Weber State had 41 kills, hitting .232, with seven blocks and 50 digs.
Against the Broncs, Wilms led the way with 16 kills and a season-high .640 hitting percentage. Wilms also finished with three blocks and two service aces.
Fuchs added 15 kills, nine digs and a pair of blocks, while Katoa had 11 kills, Penrod had 40 assists and nine digs, and senior libero Laurel Bodily had a WSU career high 22 digs.
Weber State recorded 55 kill to UTPA’s 37, and outhit the Broncs .164 to .106.
The Wildcats finished the Lion Classic winning 12-of-14 total sets, and recorded 185 kills (13.21/set) while hitting .216. Weber State also recorded 188 digs (13.43/set) and 23 team blocks.
Weber State (6-5) now carriest a four-match winning streak into Friday’s Big Sky Conference opener with in-state rival Southern Utah.
The match will also be the Wildcats’ first at home this season.
HAMMOND, La. — The Wildcats are coming home with some hardware.