OGDEN -- The Wildcats found this homecoming to be just what the doctor ordered.
After spending two weeks on the road, the Weber State women's volleyball team returned to Swenson Gym at full speed, racing past the University of Texas-Pan American 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-13 in non-conference action on Monday night.
"It was a good match for us; we got a good effort from a lot of players tonight," Weber State coach Tom Peterson said. "I felt like everyone that played tonight found a way to contribute in some way."
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs had 15 kills and 13 digs for the Wildcats, her sixth double-double of the season, while senior middle blocker Dama Cox had a season high 13 kills and hit a career-high .455 with three digs and three blocks.
Junior outside hitter Piper Wahlin had nine kills, many of which came at critical times during the match, along with six digs. Wahlin's .241 attack percentage was her second highest of the season.
Senior setter Caitlin Penrod matched her season high of six kills and hit a blistering .714, while also having 43 assists, five digs, two blocks and a service ace.
Senior libero Laurel Bodily led Weber State with 15 digs.
"It felt really good to come home and get a win. It feels like we've been on the road for a long time," Fuchs said. "We've been really close, but haven't quite closed out some of the matches that we've played, and tonight we did."
The first set was tight early, with 10 ties and five lead changes until the Wildcats broke from a 13-13 tie to surge ahead 20-13. That 8-0 surge featured five kills by Fuchs, and then WSU closed out the five-point set win on a kill by Cox.
UTPA rallied in the second set, rolling out to a 20-14 advantage. Weber State cut the deficit to 20-18, but the Broncs recovered in time to level the match at 1-1.
The Wildcats trailed for much of the pivotal third set and were down 20-18, but three kills by Cox keyed a 5-0 scoring burst that put Weber State ahead 23-20, and WSU closed it out with a kill by Wahlin to regain the 2-1 match lead.
Riding the wave of momentum from the late surge in the third set, Weber State exploded out the gate in the fourth set leading 10-4 and eventually leading 23-12 before closing out the set -- and match -- on another kill by Wahlin.
The win gave Weber State (9-17 overall) a two-match sweep of Texas-Pan American (9-16 overall) this season, with the Wildcats having also defeated the Broncs 3-1 during the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic in early September.
Weber State will return to Big Sky Conference action on Friday when the Wildcats host Montana State at 4 p.m. at Swenson Gym, and then on Saturday, WSU will host Montana at 7 p.m.