The Cougar women held their home opener last night against Montana State University (MSU) in our own Smith Fieldhouse. In true Cougar fashion, they took all three matches as their own.
The first set played out fairly close in the first 17 points of the first set. The Cougars and Bobcats seemed evenly matched as they traded points pretty evenly. As time wore on though, our mighty cougars got into a rhythm and opened the scoring gap up by 5. Alexa Gray led the set with 6 kills and 7 digs. The last shot to finish the set made by Kathryn LeCheminant with an ace of a serve. 25-15. (1-0)
The second set started out a bit slow. The Bobcats came back in the opening 3 serves with a vengeance, beginning the set with a 0-3 lead. Cougars worked to catch up and finally hit a decision point at 17-17. They needed to make these next few points count to control the momentum of the game. Jessica Jardine and Whitney Young responded with a few timely blocks to turn the tide of momentum back to their favor. Haddock took the last shot to secure the win. 25-19. (2-0)
The momentum of the second set carried through to the third as the Cougars got off to a strong 12-3 head start. The scores traded fairly well after that, leading the Cougars to a 25-10 victory. Game. Set. Match. . . for Volleyball. (3-0)
Final Results: (25-15, 25-19, 25-10).
This was the Cougar's second sweep of Montana State in a row, having done the same in their last matchup back in 2005.
Standout players of the night included junior Tambre Haddock with 17 kills and sophomore Alexa Gray with 12 kills and 8 digs.
Player Spotlight of the Game:
Tambre Haddock #15
Tambre was a monster of an athlete in high school, collecting 8 letters to her name (4 Volleyball, 3 Basketball, 1 track and field) and has been on a winning streak ever since. Over her career, she has been a part of several winning teams and won two Big Sky Player of the Week Honors in her 2011-2012 season. She is studying physical education teaching/coaching at BYU.
Watch Tambre and the other Cougars in one of the toughest match-ups yet in their final non-conference game vs UC Irvine (5-1). It begins on Thursday, 7:00 pm MDT. Attend it, watch it on BYUtv, or check out its updating box-score on byucougars.com here.
A Bit About Montana
The Bobcat's women's volleyball team was only returning two starters this year. The school participates in 15 varsity sports including your staples: football basketball, volleyball, hockey, etc. They have a history of excellence in Rodeo and Skiing.
The Bobcat rodeo teams have claimed 8 national team titles along with 32 individual national championships. The alpine and nordic ski teams have brought home 13 national champions throughout their history.