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Weber State volleyball nearly upsets BYU; soccer tops Dixie State

By Brett Hein - | Sep 5, 2021

Weber State volleyball (4-2) played three matches at BYU over the weekend and started with a near-road upset of the ranked Cougars on Thursday.

WSU dropped set one 25-23, then returned the favor on the No. 13 Cougars. They alternated sets again, then BYU raced to victory in the fifth set and won 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-4.

Rylin Adams had 25 kills and Dani Nay totaled 22. Liana Woodley tallied five blocks for WSU, and Nay and Makayla Sorensen each had 19 digs. Ashlyn Power had 50 assists.

Weber State lost in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) to Michigan State the next day.

Saturday, the Wildcats lost their fifth consecutive set by falling in the first frame against Dixie State, then ran roughshod on the Trailblazers to win in four sets 23-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-18.

Nay had 17 kills and Adams 14 in the victory. Adams had 22 digs, and Ashlyn Power totaled 17 digs and 43 assists. Sam Schiess had nine blocks.

Weber State next hosts Utah Valley at 6 p.m. Wednesday, then plays at 7 p.m. Thursday on the road at Utah.

SOCCER: WSU 1, DIXIE 0

Weber State women’s soccer got back in the win column Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Dixie State at Wildcat Soccer Field.

Morgan Furmaniak headed in a goal in the 27th victory for the only tally of the day.

WSU put a whopping 16 shots on goal, with Dixie goalkeeper Kayla Gonzales totaling 13 saves. DSU put just three shots on goal, all saved by WSU keeper Mekell Moss.

The Wildcats (2-2) play twice in the coming week: a road match at 8 p.m. Friday against UNLV, then a 1 p.m. Sunday turnaround at home against UC Riverside.

FOOTBALL NO. 10

Weber State football dropped to No. 10 in this week’s STATS FCS Top 25 rankings, voted on by reporters and college conference/school staffs across the country, following its 40-17 loss at Utah last week.

Most of that is owing to the FCS teams who upset FBS opponents, including Montana over No. 20 Washington, UC Davis defeating Tulsa, Eastern Washington beating UNLV, and South Dakota State demolishing Colorado State. Montana State was voted No. 11 after Wyoming came back in the fourth quarter to top the Bobcats and avoid a similar upset.

The top 10 of this week’s poll is as follows:

1. Sam Houston State (1-0)

2. South Dakota State (1-0)

3. James Madison (1-0)

4. Montana (1-0)

5. North Dakota State (1-0)

6. Delaware (1-0)

7. Eastern Washington (1-0)

8. Southern Illinois (1-0)

9. North Dakota (1-0)

10. Weber State (0-1)

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