Redshirt freshman Taylor Christensen (6) hits the ball during the Wildcats' five-set win against   (Jamii Freston / The Signpost)
Redshirt freshman Taylor Christensen (6) hits the ball during the Wildcats’ five-set win against Sacramento State. Christensen became the first Wildcat since 2007 to record 1,000 assists in a single season during the match.
(Jamii Freston / The Signpost)

The Weber State volleyball team snapped their losing streak Thursday night, defeating Sacramento State in a five-set match (26-24, 21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-12).

Redshirt freshman Taylor Christensen had a record-breaking night as she set career highs in three categories. Christensen recorded a double-double with a total of 61 assists, 14 digs and eight blocks, falling just short of a triple-double. During the second set she reached 1,000 assists on the season. Christensen is the first Wildcat to have over 1,000 assists in a single season since 2007 when Kim Lissinna had 1,003. With 1,048 assists on the year, Christensen is 17 assists away from making the top 10 single-season assists list.

“We worked really hard. I felt like we were always in control the whole time. Everyone worked hard and did their job,” Christensen said. “If we can keep our mental game in it then we’re a really good team.”

Audrey Biggs had a match-high 23 kills on the night. She is now just two kills short of becoming a member of the 1,000 kills club, and now has the 10th spot in the record books for kills in a single season with 438.

Amanda Varley added a career-high 20 kills of her own, six more than her career best. Varley is now the third Wildcat to exceed 20 kills in a single match this year. Samantha Staker added six kills of her own and a career-high of 15 digs. Megan Thompson had a season-best nine kills along with eight blocks.

Mckay Tarbox had 25 digs on the night and is now seventh in the record books for most digs in a single season with 422. She now has 1,143 career digs and is three digs away from passing Holly Montano for sixth place on the career digs list.

“The biggest thing is something that we have been working on for a long time,” said WSU head coach Tom Peterson. “It’s indicative of what happened in the fifth set. We were a lot better under pressure. That’s what I’ve taken from this; we can get up and work under pressure. I think we did it better than they did, when it counted.”

The win, combined with losses by Southern Utah, Eastern Washington and Portland State, keeps the Wildcats’ hopes alive for making it into the Big Sky tournament.

The Wildcats improved their record to, 7-21 overall, 3-10 in conference play. They will host Portland State on Saturday. The first serve is set for 7 p.m. in the Swenson Gym. The Vikings will enter the match with a record of 7-18, 5-8 in Big Sky play.

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