Weber State women’s volleyball picked up its third-consecutive win Thursday night by taking down Portland State in four sets with scores of 25-17, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-23.
“It’s probably the biggest win since I’ve been at Weber State,” said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. “Our girls never stopped competing. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort. They deserve that win with all the hard work they’ve put in.”
Weber State started the first set trailing Portland State, 9-3, but the Wildcats came back and tied everything up at 10-10. A mid-set 9-1 run by Weber State gave it the edge in the first game as the team plowed to a 25-17 first-set victory over PSU.
Megan Gneiting was strong in the first set for the Wildcats coming up with five kills.
In the second set, the score remained close between the two teams with a tie score at 15-15. The Vikings went on a 4-0 run that stole the momentum away from the Wildcats. Weber State managed only four more points the remainder of the set that allowed Portland State to claim the second game, 25-19.
The two teams were tied at one set apiece going into the break.
Portland State came out firing in the third set and started off with a 7-0 run. Weber State had a lot of ground to cover, and two back-to-back aces by Gneiting helped WSU gain a little bit of footing. Weber State kept chipping away at the score, outscoring Portland State, 2-1, until the Wildcats tied everything up at 15-15.
With a tie score at 18-18 in the third game, Weber State strung together its longest run of the set with six-consecutive points. Portland State managed a kill before Amanda Varley slammed it home for WSU with a kill, ending the third set, 25-19.
From the first serve in the fourth set, both teams were in it to win and compete as such. Weber State came up with the first big lead of the game with an 11-5 score. Portland State answered with a 9-2 run that tied everything up at 14-14.
Everything remained tied up until 22-22. Weber State captured the game with five big plays. Aubrey Saunders and Ashlyn Power started the finishing run off with a block. Power turned around and dropped an ace under the Vikings. A Portland State error kept things rolling for Weber State, and a kill by Varley finished things off with a 25-23 score, giving WSU the overall four-set win.
Weber State was led by Gneiting who pounded out a career high in kills with an outstanding 21 on 51 attacks with only four errors for a stellar .333 percentage on the night. She also rocked a career high in service aces with four.
Varley also helped the Wildcats with her 12 kills, and Gracey Tuifua continued to show her strength by hitting .667 on the night with 10 kills on 15 attacks with no errors. Power helped out WSU’s offense dishing out 50 assists.
Varley and Thamires Cavalcanti shared the game high in digs with 18 apiece. Power also shared in some defensive efforts with 14 digs, while Gneiting added 12 digs to round out her overall performance of the night.
The Wildcats finished the night with 56 kills on 158 attacks with only 19 errors, while the Vikings finished with 52 kills on 164 attacks with 25 errors for a .165 percentage. Weber State racked up 80 total digs to Portland State’s 68. WSU proved yet again one of its biggest strengths was blocking as it recorded 12 teams blocks to PSU’s five.
The Wildcats are now 9-18 overall on the season and 7-8 in Big Sky Conference play. Weber State will host its final home game of the season Saturday, Nov. 11, against Sacramento State. WSU will also honor its three seniors, Cavalcanti, Varley and Jesse Hover at the match on Saturday.