The Blue and Gold made a statement to the entire Big Sky Conference in Missoula Tuesday night, sweeping the Griz in a 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 victory. MSU didn’t show any sign of rust after having last week off. The Cats played like they were in mid-season. The dominant performance against the winless Grizzlies leave MSU with a 5-5 overall record and 1-0 record in conference. Bobcat Volleyball Head Coach Daniel Jones was ecstatic with his teams’ outcome, saying, "Cat-Griz is always a special match and to be able to come away with a 3-0 win in Missoula is very satisfying." After splitting last year’s series, this is certainly the way the Bobcats wanted to kick off the 2019 Big Sky campaign.
Senior outside hitter Evi Wilson lead the Cats and the game with 13 kills. Wilson had a .429 attack mark, joining junior middle blocker Kelsie White and junior outside hitter Hannah Scott with great attack marks of .667 and .438, respectively. Coach Jones described Wilson as the “lifeblood” of the program, a testament to how much he expects out of the senior throughout the season. Jones and the Bobcats have been reliant on upperclassmen, such as senior libero Allyssa Rizzo. She had a match best 16 digs, again showing off her consistent, high-quality defensive play.
MSU expects another tough season in the Big Sky conference and Saturday’s match against Northern Colorado should be a very competitive match. UNC comes in with a .500 win percentage and is looking to start off conference play hot. The Bears host UM Thursday to begin their Big Sky campaign before hosting the Bobcats in Greeley, Colo. Saturday evening. MSU Volleyball returns home to Shroyer Gym next Thursday, Oct. 3, to take on the Idaho Vandals in another pivotal Big Sky matchup. First serve will be at 7 p.m. and admission is free to all students with their CatCard. Come out and support your Bobcats.