Wildcats wrap up volleyball season with weekend road matches

Nov 14 2012 - 7:12pm

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Weber State University women's volleyball team wraps up its 2012 season this week when the Wildcats travel to the Pacific Northwest for two matches.

The Wildcats will take on Portland State on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Stott Center in Portland, Ore., and then wrap up the year against Eastern Washington on Saturday night at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

It will be the second meeting of the season against both teams for the Wildcats, who fell in straight sets to the Vikings on Oct. 13 in Ogden, Utah, but defeated the Eagles 3-0 on Oct. 11.

Weber State is 10-20 overall, its first double-digit win season since 2008, and 3-15 in Big Sky Conference action.

Thursday's match will be the 46th meeting between the Wildcats and Vikings, with Portland State holding a 30-15 lead in the all-time series. The Vikings have won six straight against the Wildcats, dating back to the 2008 season.

Portland State is 19-10 overall and 15-3 in Big Sky play, trailing league-leading Idaho State by one match with two to play. Those two teams will meet on Saturday in Portland, Ore., to likely determine the league's regular season title.

Saturday's match will be the 68th meeting between Weber State and Eastern Washington, with the Eagles holding a 38-29 lead in the series. Weber State won the last meeting between the two, rolling to a 3-0 sweep earlier this season that snapped a two-match losing streak in the series.

Eastern Washington is 4-25 overall (4-14 Big Sky), but is 4-3 since snapped a season-opening 22-match losing streak. The Eagles will take on league-leading Idaho State on Thursday before hosting the Wildcats.

Redshirt freshman outside hitter Rebecca Fuchs continues to lead Weber State with 302 kills (2.72/set) and 25 service aces. She is second on the team in digs with 190 (1.71/set). Fuchs also has 59 total blocks (.53/set), which is third on the team.

Redshirt freshman Audrey Gee has recorded 124 total blocks this year, including 17 solo and 107 assisted. She sits just 13 shot of breaking into the single-season top 10 for Weber State in block assists. In the Wildcats' 18 conference matches, Gee has recorded 87 blocks (1.24/set) and has 13 solo blocks.

Senior right side hitter Dama Cox has had a strong Big Sky  season, averaging 1.66 kills and .69 blocks per set, while recording 23 service aces.

Senior setter Caitlin Penrod has 861 assists (8.05/set), 23 service aces and 56 blocks in 107 sets.

Senior libero Laurel Bodily leads Weber State in digs with 362 (3.23/set).

As a team, Weber State is averaging 11.01 kills per set and has 269.5 blocks (2.41/set). The Wildcats have 455 block assists, which is just 11 away from a single-season top 10 mark.

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