Montana State moved out to a 16-8 advantage in the first game as Anne Watts compiled three straight kills during a 9-2 Bobcats run. Gonzaga closed the gap to 25-19 but Watts added three more of her match-high 18 kills to spark the Bobcats opening game win.
In the second game both teams traded points with neither team able to move out to more than a two-point advantage throughout the game. Gonzaga led 29-27 but allowed MSU to tie the game as they had consecutive attack errors. Each team traded kills down the stretch before Montana State had two attacking errors to end the game.
Not able to feed off the game two momentum, Gonzaga fell behind in the third game 11-7 as they had four straight attack errors. The Zags were able to rally running off six points to take a 18-14 lead. Jamie VanMeetren had three kills for Gonzaga during the mid-game spurt. The two teams traded several more points before Falin Schaefer knocked home two kills, the last a game winner.
Aimee Halyk had three kills in the early portion of game four as Montana State rolled out to a 19-8 lead. The Bobcats increased the lead as the Zags again had several attack errors. Gonzaga attempted a small rally with back-to-back kills by Abby Cullen, but Schaefer again closed the game out with two kills.
Cullen and Natasha Kozen finished with 13 kills each for the Zags while Watts and Schaefer each collected a match-high 18 kills. Gonzaga returns to action this Friday when the Zags host No. 13 Pepperdine to open up West Coast Conference play. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Martin Centre.