Montana State Volleyball rallies after big deficit in third set, sweeps Weber State

PROVO, Utah — The Montana State volleyball team rebounded from an 11-point deficit in the third set and battled four set points en route to a 25-21, 25-20, 26-24 win over Weber State Thursday night in Swenson Gym.

Montana State (12-15, 8-7 Big Sky) trailed 23-12 before conceding eight straight points to close within 23-20. A Weber State (16-10, 10-5) kill by Baylee Bodily gave WSU the set point. MSU followed with a kill from Jordan Radick, a service ace from Courtney Weatherby, and two kills from Kira Thomsen to level the score at 24-all. MSU capped the match with kills from Camryn Greenwald and Thomsen.

“I don’t know what to say,” said MSU coach Cole Aiazzi. “I haven’t done anything. I have just seen. You could feel their faith in each other and they went along with it. They executed a great game plan and focused against Weber State, which is a very disciplined program.

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MSU set up their third-set exploits by going 9-0 away in the opening set with a 4-0 run behind Weatherby’s serve. The Wildcats closed the lead to two points down the line but couldn’t get any closer as Greenwald’s kill gave MSU the win and a 1-0 lead. Greenwald and Thomsen triggered the opening frame with three kills each.

Down 13-11 in the second set, Montana State went on a 4-0 run behind Kills of Greenwald, Jourdain Klein and Thomsen and never gave up their lead for the rest of the stanza. Greenwald got five kills to speed up the Bobcats in the set.

Greenwald hit a career high with 11 kills, leading the Bobcats while Thomsen added 10. For the match, MSU beat WSU by .171 to .154 as Nellie Reese and Delaney Shearan shared 20 and 17 assists, respectively. Radick and Klein also contributed to the Bobcat offensive with seven and six kills, respectively. Weatherby hit a career-high with three aces while Emma Pence added two.

“Camryn did a great job,” said Aiazzi. “She’s been working hard all week to get extra reps. As a team we really went back to the X and O and that showed tonight.”

On defense, Montana State was led by Lauren Lindseth with a match-high of 20 digs. Klein and Radick advanced against MSU with three and two blocks at the net, respectively.

“We made some changes to look for the right cast,” Aiazzi said. “We used our depth and got some kids to play important roles. Everyone came to do their job. We are still building towards the tournament.”

Montana State will finish the Idaho state regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Pocatello.

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