Robert Casey
Senior Thamires Cavalcanti sets to dig the ball. She led Weber State with 13 digs in the three-set win over Southern Utah.

Weber State volleyball took down Southern Utah in a quick three sets Saturday afternoon for its second-consecutive win and third win in the last four matchups.

“What a huge weekend for our team,” said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. “I am proud with the way our team is competing. They are a wonderful group of women, and we are working hard as we progress to the finish line.”

Weber State started the first set off a little slow as SUU went on a 7-0 run, but the Wildcats didn’t let that stand for long. With the score tied at 11-11, WSU went on a 13-0 run with Andrea Hale serving 11 of those points. WSU had a 24-11 lead at that point, and SUU tried to hold off the first set as long as possible scoring three points before SUU made a service error to give WSU the 25-14 first-set win.

In the second set, the Wildcats jumped out to an early 13-4 lead. Never looking back, WSU pushed to the finish for a second-set 25-15 win.

In the third set, things started out close between the two teams, with the score tied at 8-8, and then later WSU had a narrow 13-12 lead. Weber State persevered through the rest of the third set and ended things with a 4-0 run, including two kills, one apiece by Gracey Tuifua and Amanda Varley. To end the match, Varley and Hannah Hill-DeYoung had a big block to give WSU the 25-19 third-set win and the overall win for Weber State.

WSU was led by Varley who had 12 kills on 28 attacks and ended the night with a .179 percentage. Andrea Hale also had double-digit kills with 10 on 26 attacks with only three errors for a .269 percentage.

Thamires Cavalcanti had the match high with 13 digs, but Megan Gneiting was not far behind with 12. Tuifua put up nice defensive numbers with five blocks on the night.

Weber State finished with 38 kills on 96 attacks with 15 errors for a .240 hitting percentage. WSU managed 46 digs and nine team blocks for totals on the defensive efforts.

WSU is now 8-18 overall on the season and 6-8 in Big Sky Conference play. The Wildcats will have their final home games of the season Thursday, Nov. 9, against Portland State and Saturday, Nov. 11, against Sacramento State.