BOZEMAN -- Weber State held a 19-kill advantage and out-hit Montana State .317 to .231 en route to a straight set 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 win over the Bobcats on Thursday night in Shroyer Gym.
The opening set featured 10 ties. With the game knotted at 23-all, Weber State (12-6, 3-4) received back-to-back kills from Megan Gneiting for the victory.
Montana State (8-8, 4-3) came out flat in the second frame as the Wildcats built a 16-9 advantage. Bobcat junior Kelsie White helped ignite the MSU offense with four kills and a block, and behind the serving of Lexi Goroski, Montana State rattled off nine straight points for an 18-16 lead. WSU responded with a 7-0 run to take a 2-0 advantage at intermission.
“Weber State did a really good job serving tough,” MSU coach Daniel Jones said. “When you don’t win the serve-receive battle they can really knock you out of system."
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Weber State held a 57-38 advantage in kills.
MSU was paced by Kira Thomsen with 12 kills. The freshman from Parker, Colo., also posted a double-double adding 11 digs. Allyssa Rizzo recorded a match-high 17 digs and Emma Pence guided the Cats at the net with a match-best six blocks.
Gneiting finished with a match-high 18 kills.
Montana State will host Idaho State on Saturday night in Shroyer Gym.