BOZEMAN — It is often forgotten that there is more to Montana collegiate athletics in the spring than spring football practices. Volleyball performs offseason workouts, and Montana State hosted four local teams over the weekend on the MSU campus.
The Bobcats, who are coming off of their best season in several years, went undefeated in Saturday’s action. Although the action was not a proper simulation of the regular season (Bobcat assistance took part in some of the action on the floor), head coach Daniel Jones is happy with the direction of his squad.
“You never want to coach attitude or effort. The girls we have in the gym right now have great attitudes and the effort is there,” Jones said. “We’re making the progress that we want to be making to be progressing, for sure.”
The Cats topped both Montana and a gritty NAIA program in Montana Tech who, although it was swept 2-0, put up a fight that got the attention of the Bobcats’ head man.
“(Head coach) Brian (Solomon) does a great job there,” Jones said. “He recruits really well, and they punch above their weight, for sure. They had us on our toes.”
But for a team hitting the floor for the first time in a long time it was a satisfactory effort in the eyes of Jones.
“I’m really happy with the way the girls responded,” said the coach, who’s enjoying his first offseason as head of the Montana State program. “Seeing an opponent for the first time in several months now, it was a good deal.”