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Weber State volleyball sweeps Northern Colorado in top-of-league showdown

By Brett Hein - | Oct 7, 2021

Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

Weber State volleyball players celebrate a point during a sweep of Northern Colorado on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Swenson Gym in Ogden.

The volleyball matchup between Weber State and Northern Colorado — a rematch of the last two Big Sky tournament title games between two teams yet to be defeated in league play this season — did not go anything as expected.

Weber State ran its home win streak to 22 matches, by blasting the visiting Bears and never trailing at any point in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-6 sweep Thursday night at Swenson Gym.

Entering the night 14th in the country in total service aces as a team, Weber State’s Kate Standifird dealt several in a run to close the first set. Northern Colorado cut an early WSU lead to 18-16 before Standifird toed the service line. Consecutive aces from the redshirt freshman made it 21-16, she kept serving difficult balls that set up quick Weber points, then delivered another ace on set point.

Weber took a 4-0 lead in the second set, good for nine straight points for the Wildcats, before the Bears cut it to 13-12 with their best chance to take a lead, but WSU scored the next four points to create cushion and regain control. Emma Mangum and Sam Schiess combined for a block at 22-15, and Mangum and Rylin Adams delivered kills to bring home the set.

Set 3 was a continuous onslaught of Weber kills and blocks combined with Northern Colorado (12-4, 4-1 Big Sky) return errors. Riley Weinert delivered consecutive kills at 23-6 and the final set was never close.

Dani Nay led Weber State (11-5, 6-0) with 10 kills, and Adams and Mangum added seven each. Adams served four aces, Standifird and Makayla Sorensen three, and Baylee Bodily two. Ashlyn Power totaled 24 assists and nine digs.

Bodily totaled six block assists and Mangum had five.

WSU next hits the road for matches at Southern Utah (Oct. 14) and Northern Arizona (Oct. 16).

WSU 3, ISU 0

Weber State’s week started Tuesday with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 home sweep of Idaho State.

Sam Schiess was unstoppable on the attack, delivering 11 kills on just 16 swings. Rylin Adams, Dani Nay and Emma Mangum each had eight kills, and Ashlyn Power totaled 27 assists.

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