OGDEN -- The Weber State volleyball team suffered a four-set loss to Montana on Friday night in Big Sky Conference play at Swenson Gym, dropping to 5-14 overall and 1-4 in the conference standings.
Montana took the match 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18.
"I'm disappointed in the way that we came out and played tonight," said WSU coach Tom Peterson. "I don't think that we lost because we were outmatched. We lost because we made too many mistakes. Montana is a well coached team, and they figured some things out against us early. They played a solid match, and made a lot fewer mistakes than we did."
The Wildcats jumped out early in the first set, scoring five of the first six points of the match, but the Grizzlies (6-8 overall, 3-2 Big Sky) responded with a 9-1 run, and WSU would get no closer than four points for the remainder of the set.
The Wildcats responded with what would be their lone set win of the night, as they hit .097 while holding Montana to a -.033 hitting percentage. WSU took the lead at 6-5 and never looked back, holding off any Grizzly charge to take the set 25-21.
Montana came back after the break with itr two biggest hitting sets of the match, hitting .275 in the third, and .290 in the decisive fourth. Weber State hit .188 in the third set, their largest percentage of the night, but never led, and hit .000 in the fourth as Montana finished off the win.
"I felt like, as the match went on tonight, we started to look nervous," said Peterson. "At this point in the season, playing on our home floor and in front of our home crowd, those things should help us, not make us nervous. We need to come back tomorrow, and play a strong game."
Weber State's Rebecca Fuchs recorded a team-high 12 kills, while Aubrey Biggs and Ciera Borho joined her in double figures with 10 kills each. Borho and Mc-Kay Tarbox tied for game-high honors in digs with 15 each, and Audrey Hunter led the team with six blocks.
Montana's Kayla Reno led all players with 14 kills on the night, while her teammate Brooke Bray added 10 and Kelsey Schile and Natalie Jones each chipped in with eight. Sadie Ahearn led the Grizz with 14 digs, and Kortney James and Natalie Jones each had seven blocks.
Weber State hosts Montana State at 7 p.m. at Swenson gym.
WSU soccer loses to SUU 2-1 on road
At Cedar City, he Weber State women's soccer team could not maintain its hot start to the 2013 Big Sky Conference season on Friday, as the Wildcats suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Southern Utah University.
After a scoreless first half, Weber State took the lead early in the second as freshman forward Lana Willard notched her first collegiate goal, scoring on an assist from Kendra Smith in the 49th minute.
The Thunderbirds equalized in the 51st minute as Megan Mower got loose behind the Wildcat defense and slotted a shot past WSU goalkeeper Danielle MacKay.
The score remained knotted at one goal apiece until the 85th minute, when Kaitlin Parkin scored on a header for the eventual game winner. Kirstin Anthony and Katie Jones received assists on the play.
"We've got to give SUU credit for this win," said WSU coach Tim Crompton. "They played hard and physically tried to force us to play their style. We didn't deal with it as well as we would have liked, but we will refocus, put this behind us, and move forward."
The Wildcats were outshot 15-7 overall and 5-3 in shots-on-goal. MacKay recorded three saves in net for WSU, while SUU goalkeeper Elyssa Hashimoto recorded two stops to earn the win for the T-Birds.
Weber State falls to 6-3-2 overall, and 2-1-0 in Big Sky play, while Southern Utah improves to 4-7-0 on the season, and 1-1-0 in league play. The Wildcats remain on the road for one more match this week, as they head to Flagstaff, Ariz. to face Northern Arizona on Sunday at 1 p.m.
USU's volleyball match postponed
Utah State volleyball's Mountain West Conference match against Air Force scheduled for today has been postponed due to the partial government shutdown.
Both institutions as well as the Mountain West Conference office are working on possible make up dates.
USU is 9-6 overall and 3-2 in MW play after losing to New Mexico, 3-0, Thursday night. The Aggies will return to the court on Oct. 10 at Colorado State.