Montana State had its most effective offensive performance of the season, edging out Sacramento State .370-217 en route to a 25-22, 23-25, 25-14, 26-13 victory over the Hornets on Thursday night at the Shroyer. Gym.
In all, six Bobcats reached .333 or better, paced by Kira thomsen who finished with a record 18 kills, an attacking mark of .333 and a record 18 digs. Montana State (9-9, 5-2) had a massive 70-47 advantage on kills and a 70-49 advantage on digs.
MSU jumped out early in the first set taking a 14-9 lead over a Emma pence to kill. Sacramento State (8-9, 3-4) responded with a 6-1 run to tie the game at 15. The set was even three times at the halfway point, before the Bobcats moved away at 18 goals. consecutive by Jourdain Klein. MSU maintained the margin by winning the first frame on a Hannah scott have service.
“At the start we were around 0.600 and our distribution of sets by Allie (Lynch) and Audrey (Hofer) was exceptional,” said the MSU head coach. Daniel Jones. “It was great getting everyone involved. It was just a great offensive performance.”
Montana State held a 22-20 lead in the second set, before the Hornets ended the game with a 5-1 run, winning on a Kalani Hayes kill.
After the intermission MSU came out strong taking a 12-7 lead on a Thomsen kill and widening the margin to 17-10 on a Scott kill. The Bobcats took a 2-1 lead following a Sacramento State typo.
The last set mirrored the third as MSU took a 16-6 lead after a block by Klein and Jordan radick. The Bobcats won the Hornets game on 16e mistake of the night.
As a team, the Bobcats beat Sacramento State .409–066 in the last two sets.
“We let this second set slip away, but I’m very proud of the way we came out of sets three and four, especially under the guidance of Kira thomsenJones said. “Kira wanted the ball and when she’s got that look in her eyes, very few can stop it.”
MSU’s service play took its toll in the last two sets, producing four aces and putting the Hornets on their heels. MSU won the service match with a 6-2 lead over Aces.
“Our service pressure was suffocating,” Jones said. “We put them under pressure, and it allowed our defense to play with more freedom.”
Klein also contributed to Bobcat’s offense, who finished with a season-high 13 kills while posting an attack mark of .500. Scott 14 and Pence 10 also recorded double-digit wins. Lynch and Hofer distributed 31 and 24 assists, respectively.
Defensively, Pence paced the Bobcats with a six-block record. MSU Libero Libby christensen had 18 digs, his highest total since making 19 saves at Boise State in late August.
The victory pushed MSU’s winning streak at the Big Sky Conference to four matches.
“We took control of our side of the net and executed the game plan,” added Jones. “We made minor adjustments after the intermission, but our attitude was great and the result was exciting.”
The State of Montana hosts the State of Portland on Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Shroy Gym.