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After a weekend of a win and loss, the Weber State University volleyball team looks to take two games on the road against Idaho State University and Sacramento State University.
The Wildcats took a road trip to Montana last weekend and came back with a victory against the University of Montana and a loss against Montana State University.
In the win against UM, the Wildcats took the game into the fifth and final set and came out victorious. WSU junior Piper Wahlin had a career-high 18 kills during the win and was a large factor in the win.
“We had a really good shot to beat Montana and everyone came ready to go . . . the connections were there with setting and hitting and we had really good ball control,” said Wahlin about the victory. “So I was kind of just lucky enough to be the one to finish lots of plays, but there is a lot more to it than that – everyone was just on.”
While the Wildcats are excited about the win, they also must come back from Saturday’s loss to MSU in three straight sets and prepare themselves for this week’s matches.
“We’ve been working a lot in practice these past couple weeks,” Wahlin said, “and making it so we can simulate pressure situations in practice and limit our errors, because that’s where our downfall has been. We’ve been hanging on with really good teams, but our errors have kind of been the death of us. So we’ve been practicing a lot to cut down our errors and silly mistakes. It really helped us at Montana, because we didn’t make that many errors and we were definitely in the zone.”
The Wildcats will head to ISU on Wednesday night to look for their second Big Sky Conference win of the season, and WSU Head Coach Tom Peterson said he knows it will be a tough fight to the end.
“I just know that Idaho State is a team that never gives up,” Peterson said. “They’ve had three or four matches this season that they’ve gone five (sets) with their opponents. On three of those matches, I think, they were down 2-0 (in sets) and they came back to win . . . They’re a very, very good team and they’re not going to ever give up. They are going to be very, very well prepared, but that’s just going to be who they are. They are going to come at you every single play. We have to be ready to (face) that.”
Following the game on Wednesday night, the Wildcats will travel to SSU on Saturday to take on the Hornets.
The game against SSU will stand as a potential third win or seventh loss in Big Sky Conference play, and the ‘Cats know they must continue to develop and improve as a team in order to have constant success.
“We’re basically just focusing on not worrying so much about making mistakes,” said WSU senior Dama Cox. “Obviously our problem has been thinking about doing what we do instead of just doing it . . . We’re more focused on just hitting a lot, playing our game and going with the flow. I definitely feel we are improving every day in practice, but it’s (tough) because we don’t get to show everybody on the court how good we really are! But yes, I definitely feel like we are improving every single day.”
WSU goes into play this week with a 1-5 record, 7-10 overall. The games will begin for WSU at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Pocatello, Idaho, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Sacramento, Calif.