POCATELLO, Idaho — The Wildcats put up a strong fight against one of the Big Sky’s top teams on the road, but fell short of capturing a road win.
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs had 11 kills, five digs and four blocks for the Weber State women’s volleyball team, which fell 25-15, 25-23, 25-19 to rival Idaho State on Saturday night at Reed Gym.
Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Biggs added eight kills and junior middle blocker Briana Wilms had six blocks and five kills for the Wildcats.
Senior middle blocker Dama Cox added six kills and hit .385, and senior libero Laurel Bodily had 11 digs for WSU.
Weber State fell to 1-6 in Big Sky Conference action (7-11 overall), while Idaho State improved to 6-1 in league play and 12-4 overall.
Statistically, the match was close with Idaho State recording 37 kills to Weber State’s 35, and the Wildcats finishing with 37 digs and eight team blocks to the Bengals’ 35 digs and 10 team blocks.
The key difference came in efficiency as Idaho State hit .228, committing just 14 attacking errors, while Weber State his .124.
Weber State will be back in action on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Sacramento State.
• WSU SET TO HOST IDAHO STATE IN KEY BIG SKY CLASH: With the midway point of the Big Sky Conference season on deck, the Weber State University women’s soccer team faces a critical home match against rival Idaho State this weekend.
Kickoff between the Wildcats and Bengals is set for noon on Saturday at Wildcat Soccer Field.
Weber State is coming off a 1-1-0 showing last weekend, dropping a tough 1-0 decision to Northern Arizona despite outshooting the Lumberjacks 24-8, and then topping in-state rival Southern Utah 1-0 on Sunday to level its Big Sky record at 2-2-0 (6 points). The Wildcats currently sit in a fifth-place tie in the conference standings with NAU.
Idaho State is 2-1-1 in league play (7 points) and 7-4-1 overall, and comes into Saturday’s contest on a two-match winning streak after topping Southern Utah (2-1) and Northern Arizona (2-1) last week.
This will be the 17th all-time meeting between the two teams, with Weber State leading the series 9-6-1 with wins in each of the last two years. The Wildcats are 4-2-1 in seven previous meetings with the Bengals in Ogden.
Weber State (4-9-0 overall) will be looking to get its potent offensive attack untracked after racking up 48 shots in two matches last weekend. The Wildcats currently lead the Big Sky in shots per match in conference play, but have just two goals to show for it.
Freshman central midfielder Chansi Crompton notched her fifth assists of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Southern Utah, with her free kick from the right angle finding the foot of freshman central defender Brecken Holbrook during the second half.
With five assists, Crompton is currently tied with Idaho State’s Amanda Ellsworth for the most assists in the league this season. The five assists also ties her with former Wildcat greats Natalie Hensley (2001) and Hayley McCoy (2005) for the most assists in a single season by a freshman player.
Freshman forward Mackenzie Harrison leads Weber State in scoring with three goals, and her seven total points is tied with Crompton for the most on the team. Harrison’s three goals are tied for the sixth-most in the Big Sky.
Junior goalkeeper Ryann Waldman has three complete-match shutouts, including two during the Wildcats’ four conference matches. Waldman’s goals-against average is 1.20 in 1050 minutes, spanning 12 matches.