As students are transitioning from fall semester into spring semester, student-athletes are naturally following suit. To help fans gear up for the spring season, here is a quick recap of events that transpired during the fall athletic season.
The fall season was the first for new head coach Jay Hill—formerly of the University of Utah—amid high hopes and great expectations. Despite the changes to the team, the Wildcats struggled to make much of the season, finishing with a 2-10 overall record (2-6 Big Sky Conference). The two victories of the season came on the road at North Dakota and at home against Northern Colorado.
The team had 11 players honored by the Big Sky Conference after the season. Shaydon Kehano earned Second Team honors, Bo Bolen and Dustin Martin earned Third Team honors and Cameron Livingston, Joe Hawkins, Alex Land, Connor Myers, Emmett Tela, Deon’tae Florence, Josh Burton and Blake O’Neill all earned Honorable Mention. Martin was also chosen to play in the FCS all-star game, the FCS National Bowl.
Looking to defend their Big Sky Conference title, the women’s soccer team was picked to finish second in the Big Sky Conference preseason polls. As the team entered conference play, key injuries led to many close games and tough losses. The injuries proved too much to overcome as the Wildcats finished the year with a 5-13-1 record (2-7-1 Big Sky).
Four players from the team were given All-Conference Honors in recognition of their efforts. Senior Kendra Smith picked up her fourth consecutive honor while senior Mackenzie Peck and juniors Brecken Holbrook and Mackenzie Harrison picked up their third All-Conference honors.
The women’s volleyball team struggled again in 2014, finishing the season 7-24 ( 3-14 Big Sky). With the end of the season, the team also saw the end of an era as head coach Tom Peterson resigned after four seasons at Weber State.
Of the players on the team, only one earned All-Conference Honors. Senior Audrey Biggs earned First Team All-Conference Honors as she ended her career as one of the best players in school history.
Playing in 111 sets for the Wildcats, Biggs led the Big Sky in kills (461) and points (511.5). She was the first Wildcat since Melissa Leonard in 1997 to lead the conference in those categories. She also became the 13th player in school history to record more than 1,000 kills.
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