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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.

VB: SAC STATE 3, WSU 2

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).

SOC: EWU 2, WSU 1

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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