Road gloom

After beginning conference play with a strong 5-0 start, the volleyball team has struggled of late, losing their last two matches on the road. The latest defeat came at Eastern Washington (23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21) on Oct. 10, and drops the Vikings (12-5, 5-2 BSC) into a first-place tie with Northern Colorado (11-5, 5-2 BSC).

Failure to execute

After opening a difficult road trip with a gritty defeat of Northern Arizona, the Vikings carried all the momentum headed into their matchup with Northern Colorado. But for the first time since joining the Big Sky Conference in 2006, the Bears (10-3, 4-1 BSC) defeated Portland State 3-1 in Greeley, Colo. The defeat was the Vikings (12-4, 5-1 BSC) first of the conference season.

Staying fit at PSU

With fall term commencing this week you might think that walking to the bookstore to pick up your books, heading to your first class in the Unitus Building, picking up your FlexPass or running to catch your bus would be a sufficient workout.