Wildcats aim for pair of home wins in volleyball

Oct 10 2012 - 10:58pm

OGDEN- The Weber State University women's volleyball team returns to action this weekend looking to find success on its home court.

The Wildcats will host Eastern Washington on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Swenson Gym, and then Big Sky Conference leading Portland State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Weber State and Eastern Washington will be meeting for the 67th time. The Eagles lead the series 38-28, and have captured the last two meetings between the teams, including a 3-1 victory in Ogden last season.

Eastern Washington enters the match with an 0-8 record in Big Sky Conference play and is 0-19 overall.

Saturday's match is the 45th meeting between Weber State and Portland State. The Vikings lead the all-time series 29-15, and have won five straight matches in the series dating back to 2009.

The Vikings entered this week leading the Big Sky at 8-0 (12-7 overall) and play on Thursday night against second-place Idaho State at Reed Gym in Pocatello, Idaho, before traveling to Ogden.

"Eastern Washington just got their setter back, but we are on the same level," Weber State coach Tom Peterson said. "We need to beat this team, and we need to beat them at our place. This is a big one for us. We need to use this match as a little bit of a launching pad.

"Errors will be our thing from here on out," Peterson said. "We will be a decent team, a good team, if we will just start lowering our hitting errors in particular and the errors that we make that stop us our own momentum. It's not just what the other team does; it's what we do to ourselves."

Redshirt freshman outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs leads Weber State with 215 kills this season (3.21/set), and is second in digs with 111 (1.66/set). The Menomonee Falls, Wisc.-native has also recorded a team-high 18 service aces and 249 total points.

In Big Sky play, Fuchs is averaging 3.57 kills (107 total) and 1.87 digs per set (56 total).

Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Biggs is second on the team with 138 kills (2.23/set), while senior middle blocker Briana Wilms has recorded 11 kills (1.71/set) and is second on the team in blocking with 62 total blocks (.95/set)

Redshirt freshman Audrey Gee leads the team blocking with 66 totals blocks (1.06/set), and has a team-high 11 solo blocks.

"It's a dynamic game," senior setter Caitlin Penrod said. "If not all pistols are firing at the same time, things go downhill. We played better together (this weekend); we've been struggling up until now with constant on-and-off play, but this was better as far as team chemistry."

Penrod leads the Wildcats with 520 assists (7.88/set) and is third on the team in digs with 96 (1.41/set). The South Ogden, Utah-native has recorded 248 assists (8.27/set) and 49 digs (1.63/set) during Big Sky Conference play.

Senior libero Laurel Bodily leads the Wildcats with 229 digs (3.37/set), and has recorded 11 service aces and 50 assists this season.

Weber State comes into this weekend with a 7-12 overall record and is 1-7 in Big Sky Conference action. The Wildcats have suffered three consecutive road setbacks since a five-set win over Montana in Missoula, Mont., on Sept. 28. Weber State is 0-4 at Swenson Gym this season.

After this weekend's matches, which wrap up the first-go round of Big Sky play, the Wildcats will return to the road to face Northern Arizona and Southern Utah.

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