The Weber State University volleyball team will battle for both a Big Sky Conference win and a non-conference game victory in the next few days.
The Wildcats are first scheduled to face the University of North Dakota on Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks, N.D. The team will then return to Ogden, to battle the University of Texas-Pan American in a non-conference matchup on Monday night.
The Wildcats will look for victories from the two games in order to boost their momentum and confidence that might propel them toward the end of the season.
WSU volleyball currently holds the second-to-last record in the Big Sky Conference. The team is coming off a pair of losses from last weekend’s matches against Northern Arizona University, which WSU lost 2-3 in sets, and Southern Utah University, which swept the Wildcats in three sets.
Although the Wildcats sit in second-to-last place, there are still many more games left to play in the season, and the hope to be one of the top-six playoff teams in the conference is still alive for WSU. Head Coach Tom Peterson said that, although the team sits low in the standings, it is still playing at a level comparable to the other teams of the conference.
“If you were to take a look at our errors, we go over a lot of numbers,” said Peterson in an interview with the WSU Athletics Department. “We have consistently cut down 10 errors per match for the last three matches . . . that’s in our favor. . . . There is not a ‘gimme’ in our league right now. All of these teams are capable of beating any other team. Look at the standings. Even the teams we are even with are beating some good teams. We just need to do the same — cut down on a few more errors, keep our hitting percentage up, and we will be right there.”
The Wildcats defeated UTPA earlier this year on Sept. 8 in a preseason tournament held in Hammond, La. In WSU’s last meeting with UND on Sept. 20, the Wildcats lost the match, going 2-3 in sets.