Montana State volleyball falls Montana in 5-set thriller

MISSOULA — Montana and Montana State met up due to their typical rivalry volleyball matchup when it comes to very first time in more than a 12 months, together with game don't disappoint given that Bobcats topped the Grizzlies in a five-set thriller 3-2 at Dahlberg Arena on Sunday night.

Kira Thomsen completed with 18 kills for the Bobcats (3-2, 3-2 Big Sky Conference) while Hannah Scott added 12 kills. Alexis Goroski completed with 27 digs while Thomsen and Emma Pence every finished with four blocks that are assisted and Delaney Shearan had 28 assists.

Shayla Weber, Goroski and Thomsen each included two serving aces because well.

"we simply can’t put in terms truly the sense of a Cat-Griz game," Bozeman indigenous and MSU setter that is junior Lynch stated. "A rivalry game is really so much different than just about virtually any volleyball game you’re ever devote and simply in the future on the market and start to become the aggressor in this video game, that has been actually cool for people."

Montana (1-6, 1-6) came out shooting when you look at the opening set and took it 25-21 behind five kills from Peyten Boutwell. MSU reacted in a tightly contested set that is second win 25-23 to connect it 1-1.

"We felt the energy from 14 months ago once we played them in Bozeman (and won)," Montana mentor Allison Lawrence stated. "we think, Griz-Cat, you walk in with some little bit of swagger no matter what part of this you’re on, it style of brings international dating app about your confidence that you’re going to dig your heels in and fight for the group and thus we arrived by doing so and then we came in only using the mindset that nothing as much as this very day mattered. It absolutely was just whom we have been today and I also think they’ve done this type of job that is good current.

"We came in variety of firearms blazing and desired to simply run at them as difficult as we're able to and find out that which we could do."

Into the third set the Bobcats found their rhythm and dominated 25-9, including a 13-1 run to shut the lay out compliment of stellar play from Thomsen. Nonetheless, Montana reacted when you look at the 4th set 25-20 to deliver the overall game right into a 5th and frame that is final. UM junior libero Sarino Moreno, a Missoula Sentinel graduate, took place with a lowered leg damage by the end of this 3rd set and failed to get back, and had been replaced by freshman Sarah Ashley, a Helena Capital grad, whom sparked Montana into the 4th set. Tied 12-12, Ashley recorded four service aces that spurred an 8-0 Griz cost send the overall game in to the set that is final.

Heading back and forth the way that is whole 11 fits in the 5th, Montana State sealed it 17-15 after a kill from Hailey Merkes, plus the Bobcats took the very first game associated with two-game season show because of the Grizzlies.

"when you obtain into that situation, it is about who's planning to simply perform into the moment," Montana State advisor Daniel Jones stated. "We had match point here and missed a offer which we rued, needless to say, but to really have the possibility to just come back and keep scrapping and keep fighting. Eventually within these tight rivalry games such as this is the fact that the group whom keeps scrapping, keeps fighting very often arrives on the top."

Boutwell completed with 18 kills when it comes to Grizzlies while Elsa Godwin and Sophia Meyers each tallied 10. Carly Anderson had 49 assists for the Griz while Amethyst Harper, Madi Chuhlantseff and Boutwell each tallied four blocks that are assisted. Ashely completed with five aces and led Montana with 13 digs.

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