Libero/defensive specialist McKay Tarbox (2) passes the ball during a match against Grand Canyon last season. Tarbox had 35 digs against Grand Canyon on Monday night.  (Source: Weber State Athletics)
Libero/defensive specialist McKay Tarbox (2) passes the ball during a match against Grand Canyon last season. Tarbox had 35 digs against Grand Canyon on Monday night.
(Source: Weber State Athletics)

Weber State volleyball went up against Grand Canyon on Monday night in an out-of-conference game. The Wildcats fought hard but came out of the match with a loss in five sets 25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 16-25, 18-16.

“It was a very competitive match on both sides,” Wildcats head coach Tom Peterson said. “When we were in system, we were really looking good. But they played really good defense and were able to get their hands on a lot of hits. We just need to keep learning.”

The loss drops the Wildcats record to 6-21 overall, 2-10 in Big Sky Conference play.

McKay Tarbox had one of her best games in a Wildcat uniform with a season-high 35 digs. That is the third most in a single game in Wildcat history and she now owns two of the top three performances ever. Tarbox now has 397 digs for the season, which puts her ninth on the individual single-season records for digs. Tarbox set the school record last season with 515 digs.

Audrey Biggs finished the match with a team-high 26 kills. Amanda Varley tied a career-high with her 14 kills while Samantha Staker reached double digits in kills for the third time this season with 10. Staker also added 10 digs for her second double-double of the season.

Taylor Christensen had her third career double-double with a match-high 56 assists and 11 digs. Megan Thompson just missed her first career double-double with eight kills and a season-high nine blocks.

The Wildcats will now play three of their final four matches at home, beginning Nov. 6 when they host Sacramento State at Swenson Gym.

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