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Bobcat volleyball: Can you dig it?

Bobcat libero 12 digs away from breaking record
Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:31:21-04

BOZEMAN — The Montana State volleyball team will open its Big Sky home schedule when it hosts Idaho and Eastern Washington this week in Shroyer Gym. Bobcat volleyball head coach Daniel Jones talked Live with Montana This Morning's Chet Layman about the Cats and the home opener this week.

The Bobcats will face Idaho on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and will host Eastern Washington on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Last week, Montana State opened its league schedule at Montana and Northern Colorado. The Bobcats swept the Grizzlies before dropping a 3-0 decision to Northern Colorado in Greeley.

The Vandals come in to Shroyer with a 2-0 opening weekend record, taking down Portland State and Sacramento State. Eastern Washington went 0-2 against both those same teams this past weekend. The Cats swept Eastern Washington last year but haven’t beaten the Vandals since 1990.

Senior Allyssa Rizzo became the just the ninth member of Montana State's prestigious 1,000-Dig Club when she notched 23 saves against Louisiana on Sept. 7, 2018. Rizzo has her sights set on breaking the all-time Bobcat career digs record of 1,720, set by MSU's first-ever libero Kandice Kelly (2003-06).

At Montana on Tuesday night, Rizzo became just the second Bobcat in history to go over the 1,700-digs plateau. A product of Crestwood, Ill., Rizzo needs 12 saves for the new Bobcat milestone and is currently ranked fifth in the nation, averaging 5.75 digs per set. Here’s the top Bobcats for career digs list as provided by MSU Sports Information:

1. Kandice Kelly, 03-06......... 1,720

2. Allyssa Rizzo, 16--............ 1,709

3. Meghan Albiston, 07-10.... 1,577

4. Nicole Baker, 10-13.......... 1,564

5. Kamber Kelly, 01-04.......... 1,262

6. Meggie Malyurek, 02-05... 1,223

7. Stephanie Laya, 97-00....... 1,183

8. Mindy Nowak, 96-99........ 1,073

9. Kasey Schlatter, 11-14...... 1,059