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Weber State volleyball makes more history with 2nd straight Big Sky regular-season title

By Brett Hein - | Nov 13, 2021

Austin Christensen, Weber State Athletics

Weber State volleyball players hold up the Big Sky Conference regular-season championship trophy after sweeping Southern Utah on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Swenson Gym in Ogden.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect final results and a new tournament schedule announced by the Big Sky Conference.

In a day Weber State sports used to drub rival Southern Utah, WSU volleyball made quick work of the Thunderbirds on Saturday afternoon at Swenson Gym to make more history.

The Wildcats swept SUU 25-18, 25-19, 25-14 to win a share of the Big Sky Conference regular-season title, the first time WSU has won consecutive league titles in program history.

Weber State and Northern Colorado both finished 12-3 in league play, sharing the regular-season championship, and the Wildcats held the tiebreaker to claim the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament, held Nov. 18-20 at Swenson Gym. The feat assures WSU will also host the conference tournament next year.

On senior day, outside hitter Rylin Adams totaled 18 kills and hit .361 to lead a team effort of .337 hitting. Senior middle blocker Sam Schiess had six kills on .625 hitting with two block assists. Senior setter Ashlyn Power tallied 45 assists, six digs and a service ace.

And, sophomore Emily Olson, who is graduating and finishing her career, had six digs, three assists and an ace.

Dani Nay and Baylee Bodily each served two aces. Nay and Emma Mangum each finished with 10 kills.

The win gives Weber State 25 consecutive home wins and two straight undefeated seasons inside Swenson Gym. The Wildcats finish the regular season with a 18-8 overall record and 13-3 in the Big Sky. WSU is 28-4 in regular-season Big Sky matches in the last two seasons.

The conference tournament opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, with a game between No. 3 Portland State and No. 6 Sacramento State. No. 1 Weber State plays its quarterfinal match as the final game that night, a 7 p.m. matchup against No. 8 Montana.

Should WSU advance, it would play in a 7 p.m. semifinal Friday, Nov. 19. The tournament championship match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. All matches will stream on ESPN+.

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