A Viking victory

The team gathers to celebrate their win against the Hornets. Their victory over Sacramento State marked their 5th in a row.

Facing their long-time rivals, Weber State University’s volleyball team snapped their five-game winning streak, falling to Portland State University 3–0 on Oct. 10 at the Swenson Gym.

After being defeated by PSU earlier this season, the Wildcats came into the match wanting to make a statement. WSU was the first to put points on the board, scoring as two Vikings collided while trying to return middle blocker Baylee Bodily’s serve.

The set remained close until outside hitter Makayla Lewis rallied the Vikings towards a lead. A kill by outside hitter Sophia Meyers, along with a Lewis service ace and kill, put Portland State up 7–4.

The Vikings continued to widen the gap, getting WSU to call a timeout with the score at 11–5. During the break, the Wildcats subbed in outside hitter Jayda Tupea.

After an attack error by Wildcat libero Makayla Sorensen, Weber State began to rally back from their 12–5 deficit. WSU put up three unanswered points.

Lewis, Meyers and outside hitter Parker Webb were able to respond to the run, capping the Wildcats off at 15 points on the set and driving their team to an early lead.

The Vikings started the second set with three unanswered points while Meyers was serving. Attack errors by Meyers and Webb put the Wildcats on the board, but it wouldn’t be enough to catch up.

At 15–9, veteran outside hitter Dani Richins put up back-to-back kills, closing the gap to four points. After a Webb kill, Webb would take over as server, driving the Vikings to an 18–11 lead. The Wildcats were able to rally to 18 points by the end of the match but couldn’t score enough points to fend off Portland State.

Ready to fight for extra sets and a reverse sweep, the Wildcats were able to lead 3–2 early on after a service error from libero Ellie Snook, a kill from Richins and a service ace from designated setter Macy Sumrall.

Unlike the previous two sets, Weber State kept up with the Vikings, tying them several times during the match. Portland State began to pull ahead late in the set. Lewis and Webb combined for three kills at the end. Viking middle blocker Ashlyn Blotzer made the final kill of the set to end the match, 25–22.

Portland State had 55 overall kills to Weber State’s 28. Lewis ended the match with 16, Meyers with 15 and Webb with 12.

As for the Wildcats, Richins ended with 11 kills, Bodily with 5 and Sorensen with 3. During the match, Richins hit her 150th service ace, tying her at No. 6 of all time in the team’s history.

The Wildcats will head to Missoula, Montana, for their match on Oct. 20 against the University of Montana at 7 p.m.