OGDEN -- The Weber State women's volleyball team put on a spirited effort on Saturday afternoon, but came up a little short.
Redshirt freshman Rebecca Fuchs had 12 kills to lead the Wildcats, who fell 25-17, 25-16, 28-26 to defending Big Sky Conference champion Northern Colorado in league action at Swenson Gym.
Fuchs was the only player for either team to reach double figures kills, doing so for the eighth time this season.
Freshman setter Whitney Hunt had a career high 17 assists, while senior libero Laurel Bodily had 12 digs, and senior middle blocker Dama Cox had six kills for the Wildcats.
Northern Colorado was led by Kelley Arnold and Andrea Spaustat, who each had nine kills.
The Wildcats and Bears battled early in the first two sets, but Northern Colorado pulled away to win each and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Bears appeared to be pulling away in the third set and took a 24-21 lead, but the Wildcats rallied with five straight points to take a 25-24 lead. NC scored the next two points to go back ahead 26-25, but WSU pulled into a 26-26 tie after a service error.
Northern Colorado closed out the match with a kill by Spaustat and a Weber State attacking error.
Weber State returns to action next Friday against Montana in Missoula, Mont.
* WILDCATS POST SIX TOP-THREE FINISHES: The Wildcat men's tennis team finished off the its own Weber State Fall Invitational on Saturday, placing six in the top-three across four different brackets at Edman Varsity Courts.
"I thought this was a fantastic tournament for us," said WSU coach Brad Ferreira. "We were very competetive across all four draws, and we saw some great play out of a couple of freshmen. I'm very pleased with the effort of all of our guys, and this is a great way to open up the fall season."
The Wildcats' freshman duo of Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswani kicked off the day with a 9-7 win over Idaho State's team of Charles Norman and Nate Gross in the championship match of the A doubles bracket.
Ryan Garner then earned the second of two Wildcat championships as he won twice on the day to close out the B singles bracket. The senior from Kaysville defeated Idaho State's Andres Coello in a three set semifinal 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, and then wrapped up the title with a 7-5, 6-1 win over ISU's Austin Miller.
Fought advanced to the A singles title match by defeating Norman of ISU 6-4, 6-2, but he eventually fell after battling Utah State's Sven Poslusny, finishing as runner-up after a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 three-set loss.
Oliver Good was upended in the semis by Poslusny, but came back to capture third place in the bracket by defeating Norman in an 8-3 pro-set match.
Ben Rode, who fell to ISU's Miller in the B semis, also came back to claim third place. He defeated Coello in a three-set match, rallying from a 6-0 first set loss to win the final two sets 6-3 and 10-4.
Rode and Garner also combined for a second place finish in the B doubles draw after dropping a tight 9-7 decision to Miller and Jamey Swiggert of Idaho State.