BOZEMAN, Mont. - It was a tough night at the office for the Wildcats.
With no players in double-figures kills and 23 kills overall, the Weber State University women's volleyball team suffered a straight set loss to Montana State on Friday night, falling 25-14, 25-23, 25-15 at Schroyer Gym.
Sophomore outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs had seven kills to lead the Wildcats, but no other player had more than four as the Bobcats won the match in just 82 minutes. Fuchs also had a team-high seven digs and three blocks.
Freshman middle blocker Megan Bean had five blocks, while freshman middle blocker Katie Harvey added four blocks for the Wildcats (3-12 Big Sky, 7-22 overall).
Montana State (4-11 Big Sky, 6-20 overall) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set and never trailed.
The second set was a dogfight as it saw 15 ties and six lead changes, but the Bobcats edged ahead in the end to take the two-point win.
The third set started in disastrous fashion for Weber State as Montana State stormed ahead 7-0 and never trailed, cruising to the 10-point win.
The Wildcats will be back in action tonight when they travel to Missoula, Mont., to take on Montana.
* WSU VS. PSU IN TITLE MATCH: At Hillsboro, Ore., the Weber State University women's soccer team takes aim at another trip to the NCAA Women's College Cup this afternoon, when the Wildcats take on Portland State in the 2013 Big Sky Conference championship match.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.
"Both teams are familiar with one another, so it will come down to who can dictate the tempo of the game," Weber State coach Tim Crompton said.
"Any time you are on the road it becomes exponentially more difficult to earn results, let alone win a championship. Our mental toughness will be tested, and I believe our players have all the tools to pass that test."
Weber State (10-4-4) will be making its eighth appearance in the title match and are 3-3-1 in seven previous appearances. The Wildcats captured the title three times, with the last coming in 2005.
Portland State is 12-4-2 overall and is on a 12-match unbeaten streak (10-0-2), just shy of tying that portion of WSU's Big Sky record 13-match streak in 1998.
Crompton has coached the Wildcats to a 6-3-3 record in eight tournament appearances, with WSU advancing to the championship match five times during his tenure.
Weber State is 8-8-3 in 19 previous matches with Portland State."I wouldn't expect anything less than a win from us," said sophomore outside defender Shaylee Petersen, a two-time All-Big Sky honoree. "We've been training for this exact game since we lost last year in the semifinals."