Wildcats drop two in Pennsylvania

Sep 16 2013 - 3:56pm

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PHILADELPHIA - The Wildcats put up a strong fight on Sunday, but came up just short of snagging a split of their two matches during the final day of action at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational.

After opening the day with a three-set loss to unbeaten American University, the Weber State University couldn't quite close out a 2-1 advantage against host Penn and fell in five sets to the Quakers in the tournament finale.

Weber State fell to 4-9 overall and finished the two-day, four-match tournament with a 1-3 mark.

Against the Eagles, junior outside hitter Audrey Biggs had 11 kills to lead the Wildcats in the 25-16, 25-13, 25-13 loss. Sophomore outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs added eight kills for WSU, which finished the match with just 23 total kills.

Against the Quakers, freshman middle blocker Katie Harvey had 14 blocks in the 17-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-18, 15-10 defeat.

Harvey's 14 block assists are tied for the seventh most total blocks in a match in school history, and the third most block assists in a match in school history. It also ranks as the fifth most in Big Sky Conference history.

Fuchs had 16 kills, seven blocks and five digs, while sophomore outside hitter Mariah Kahawaii had eight kills and five blocks.

Junior libero McKay Tarbox had 28 digs, while sophomore setter Whitney Hunt had 27 assists and eight digs.

Weber State will be back in action on Tuesday night when it hosts in-state rival Utah Valley. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Swenson Gym. It will be the Wildcats final non-conference match of the season, with Big Sky play set to begin next weekend.

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