GREELEY, Colo. — Montana State got the start it wanted and took Northern Colorado to overtime in the opening set, but wasn’t able to close out the frame and the Bears seized the momentum to sweep the Bobcats 28-26, 25-19, 25-14, Thursday night at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
Montana State (7-13, 3-8 Big Sky) held a 23-19 advantage late in the opening set and held two set points, but Northern Colorado (12-12, 5-6) battled back and evened the frame at 24-all. The Bears then had two set points of its own, before getting back-to-back kills at 26-all for the win.
MSU jumped out early in the second game with a 7-3 run, but again, UNC responded with a 9-4 run to take a 12-11 advantage and never looked back. The Bears out-hit MSU .395 to .125 in the final set to secure the sweep.
The Bobcats were paced by freshman Hannah Scott with 14 kills and a .353 attack mark. She also added seven digs and four blocks. Junior Natalie Passeck also chipped in on the outside with eight kills and a .269 attack mark.
Defensively, the Bobcats were paced by sophomore libero Allyssa Rizzo with 20 digs.