Thunderbirds Fall Against Montana State in Four Sets

The Southern Utah volleyball team finished up their road trip in Montana today against the Bobcats of Montana State. After playing a strong second set to tie the score up at one set a piece, Montana State surged back to win the next two sets and the match.

The Bobcats got off to a quick start to begin the match. Junior Natalie Passeck took control right away and hit eight kills in the first set alone. A 7-1 run from Montana State to pull ahead 19-12 was ultimately too much of a deficit for Southern Utah to overcome.

The Bobcats won the first set 25-14.

Moving into the second set, the Thunderbirds started to pick things up. MaCail Evans led the way for them once again as she hit ten kills with a .391 hitting percentage. Macky Fifita also came through with two straight aces to extend Southern Utah’s lead to 16-12. The Thunderbirds held onto that lead and won the second set 25-18.

In the final two sets, Montana State asserted themselves once again. Passeck continued to remain a prominent influence. She had 22 kills for the match and a .514 hitting percentage. Kelsie White also played an important role for the Bobcats hitting 11 kills with a .444 hitting percentage.

In the end, the Bobcats pulled away to win the third set 25-21 and the fourth set 25-17.

Along with her strong serving, Fifita contributed 9 kills and 10 digs for the night. Miranda Canez also had six kills and seven blocks.

The Southern Utah volleyball team will be back in action Thursday and Saturday of next week. They will face off against Portland State at 7 p.m. MT on Thursday and Sacramento State at 7 p.m. MT on Saturday.

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SUU Athletic Strategic Communications