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Weber State volleyball, soccer each suffer defeats in Big Sky home openers

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Sep 24, 2023

Weber State's women's volleyball and soccer programs both took tough-to-stomach defeats over the weekend in Big Sky home openers for both teams.


Sacramento State rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Weber State volleyball in five sets Saturday afternoon in Swenson Gym by scores of 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-9.

Caitlin Volkmann led the match with 17 kills for Sacramento State (9-7, 2-0 Big Sky).

Dani Richins totaled 15 kills, 13 digs and two aces for Weber State (8-5, 1-1). Baylee Bodily had 12 kills and four blocks. Brielle Rueckert totaled six blocks.

WSU remains at home for matches against Idaho (Sept. 28) and Eastern Washington (Sept. 30).


Eastern Washington broke a six-game losing streak and withstood a WSU shot barrage in the second half to claim a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon in Ogden and send Weber State off with no points in perhaps its clearest chance to claim a win in Big Sky play.

The Wildcats (0-7-2, 0-1-1 Big Sky), who averaged six shots per game this season, fired 20 total shots including nine on goal. Only one found the net, a Sayler Schlosser score assisted by Grace Kirby in the third minute.

EWU (2-9, 1-1) got a Maddie Morgan equalizer in the 17th minute. Riley Arribas had the winner in the 57th minute, popping up a long rebound from a Tayiah Lambert save and dropping it over leaping WSU defenders -- a deflating result for Weber State after earning 1-1 draws with Utah and Idaho.

Weber State is next on the road for two matches: Friday, Sept. 29, at Northern Arizona and Sunday, Oct. 1, at Northern Colorado.


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