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Weber State volleyball, soccer finish nonconference play

By Brett Hein - | Sep 19, 2021

Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

Weber State middle blocker Sam Schiess (15) and setter Ashlyn Power (19) attempt to block a hit from Montana State's Emma Pence (12) during a volleyball match Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Swenson Gym in Ogden.

Weber State women’s volleyball and soccer teams concluded nonconference play over the weekend. The volleyball squad took a pair of tough losses in Omaha, Nebraska, while soccer split a two-game road trip to the state of Oklahoma.

SOCCER’S SPLIT

Weber State soccer finished nonconference play with a 3-5 record after defeating Oral Roberts 2-1 on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then falling 1-0 at Oklahoma State on Sunday, just missing a chance to pick up its second Big 12 road win of the season.

Amy Kenny punched in a goal in the 77th minute to lift WSU to the win at Oral Roberts, assisted by Aubrey Hadley. Morgan Furmaniak scored in the 16th minute. Kaytlin Bradley made four saves in goal.

At Oklahoma State on Sunday, the Wildcats turned away long stretches where OSU parked its offense in front of Weber’s net but OSU broke through just moments into the second half with a Gabriella Coleman goal.

Mekell Moss made three saves in goal for WSU. Weber State’s best scoring chance came with 14 minutes left when WSU sent a free kick toward goal and OSU’s Evie Vitali made a diving save of a poke at the post.

Weber State opens Big Sky Conference play with three games at home, hosting Idaho on Sept. 24, Eastern Washington on Sept. 26, and Idaho State on Oct. 3.

VOLLEYBALL HEADS HOME

Weber State volleyball finished nonconference play with a 5-5 record after taking two losses at the Omaha Challenge.

The Wildcats lost 25-18, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22 to the University of Omaha on its home court Thursday, a squad that has challenged some of the nation’s best so far this season.  Dani Nay led WSu with 21 kills and Rylin Adams tallied 14. Emma Mangum had five blocks.

Playing without middle Sam Schiess and mostly without setter Ashlyn Power, WSU took a hard-fought loss Friday against Kansas State: 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23. Adams and Nay totaled 16 and 14 kills, Adams added three blocks and Kate Standifird totaled 41 assists.

The volleyball squad begins its Big Sky Conference title defense on its home court, hosting Portland State on Thursday and Sacramento State on Saturday.

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