BOZEMAN – Fresh off its four-set scrimmage on Tuesday night, Montana State second-year head coach Daniel Jones will finally get a good look at his 2018 squad against a different opponent when the Bobcats host Carroll College, Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in Shroyer Gym.
The exhibition match is free and open to the public.
“Our match against Carroll will give us an opportunity to play in front of a crowd against an opponent we don’t normally see,” Jones said. “We’re going in a little blind in regards to our opponent, but it will be a great challenge for us to step up and compete in front of our home crowd.”
The Montana State coaching staff broke down its annual Blue-Gold scrimmage and was happy with the team’s progression.
“The scrimmage was great because it gave us an opportunity to see the work we’ve done and the knowledge that there’s still x, y and z we need to implement into our offensive and defensive structures,” Jones said. “We’re moving in the right direction. The fun part is the scores and the numbers across the scrimmage speaks volume that every kid in that gym can step out and play.”
Five Bobcats reached double-figure kill totals paced by junior Evi Wilson with a team-high 17. Also in double-digits were Natalie Passeck 14, Hannah Scott 11 and freshmen Serena Caspersen and Hailey Merkes with 10.
Defensively, junior libero Allyssa Rizzo guided the Cats with 17 digs, while Passeck added 15 saves. Rizzo also posted a team-best four aces. At the net, MSU was led by junior college transfer McKayla Landreth with four blocks.
“It was good to see the newcomers buying into their roles,” Jones said. “The scrimmage painted a really good picture for the opportunities the girls are going to get when it comes around to competition time.”
Montana State will open its regular-season on Aug. 24 against Canisius at the Cleveland State Tournament in Ohio.