UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Bulldog volleyball squad wrapped up their pre-conference season with two wins on the road against the Walla Walla University Wolves (WWU). By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldog volleyball squad wrapped up their pre-conference season with two wins on the road against the Walla Walla University Wolves (WWU). Late Saturday evening the Bulldogs defeated the Wolves in five sets, 25-14, 20-25, 25-21, 25-27, 16-14. On Sunday afternoon, Montana Western swept Walla Walla in three sets, 25-9, 25-20, 25-20. "It was a great weekend and we're very happy to come away 2-0,” head coach Lisa Griffiths said. “We definitely didn't play our best volleyball on Saturday night but it was great to see the team battle and fight for that win.” Although the Bulldogs struggled after their 11-point opening set victory, Griffiths was happy with the effort of her team. “We had solid contributions from 11 players Saturday and, as a coach, it's great to have the comfort of knowing everyone on the team is ready to make a difference," Griffiths added. In the Sunday match, Montana Western again came out strong with a dominant 16-point win in the opening set. Unlike Saturday, the Bulldogs never faltered and closed out WWU in three sets. Griffiths said Charelle Minor, one of the Bulldogs' big hitters and blockers, was key in the team's weekend victories. “Charelle had a great weekend for us at the net both offensively and defensively,” Griffiths said. The two victories upped Montana Western’s record to 5-6 on the season. With each outing the young Bulldogs are gaining experience and showing confidence in each other and first-year coach Griffiths' system. The Bulldogs open conference play on the road next Friday, Sept. 9 against the MSU-Northern Skylights in Havre. The following day they travel to Great Falls to take on the University of Great Falls Argos. The Skylights enter conference play with a record of 8-4 while the Argos enter the weekend with the best record in the Frontier Conference, 15-1.