OGDEN -- Getting this close only makes for more disappointment for the Wildcats and their fans.
In another five-set thriller, the Wildcats fell to Sacramento State on Friday night at the Swenson Gym.
Weber State was led by Rebecca Fuchs who recorded 16 kills while Audrey Biggs added 13 kills. Megan Bean was the third Wildcat in double figures with 11 kills on the night.
For Sacramento State, Kayla Beal and Sloan Lovett led the way with 19 and 17 kills, respectively.
Every game was well-contested except the fourth set which the Wilcats dominated, 25-14. There were 40 total tie scores in the five sets and 23 lead changes.
The Wildcats took the first set after a back-and-forth battle, eventually pulling away with the 26-24 win.
Sacramento State went on a run in the middle of the second set to pull away for a 25-17 victory. The Hornets took set three as well, this time in heartbreaking fashion. Weber State and Sacramento State battled before a Beal kill pushed the Hornets over the top for the 29-27 win.
With their backs against the wall, the Wildcats jumped out to 7-1 lead before Sacramento State clawed back to within one point midway through the set. The Wildcats, however, pulled away with another rally to force the fifth set with a dominating 25-14 win.
The fifth set had all the drama that the match deserved, with the two teams see-sawing back and forth until the last few points which all broke Sacramento State's way. After the game was tied at 12, the Hornets scored the last three points of the set and the match to win it 15-12.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 1-7 in Big Sky Conference play, 5-17 overall while the Hornets improve to 4-3 in Big Sky, 9-9 overall.
* WILDCATS SET TO TANGLE WITH BENGALS: After a week-long break, the Weber State women's soccer team will look to take advantage of some midseason rest as it travels to Pocatello, Idaho, for a Big Sky Conference match against rival Idaho State.
The 'Cats will take on the Big Sky defending champion Bengals at noon today at Davis Field.
The Wildcats split a pair of matches on the road last weekend, moving their record to 7-3-2 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play. WSU suffered its first setback of the Big Sky season on Friday, Oct. 4 with a 2-1 loss to Southern Utah in Cedar City, but rebounded to gain a split of the trip with a 2-1 win over Northern Arizona.
With nine points on the conference season, the Wildcats sit in second place in the table, trailing Portland State, who leads with 13 points on a 4-0-1 record. Weber State will look to keep pace with the Vikings as they take on Idaho State, while PSU faces NAU.
WSU still controls its own destiny in pursuit of the league title, as the two teams are scheduled for a showdown on Oct. 17 in Ogden, and the Wildcats own a game in-hand, which they will play out at North Dakota on the last day of the regular season.