MISSOULA — The Montana volleyball team, which played 18 of its first 19 matches this season away from Missoula, will play its next four and seven of its final 10 regular-season matches at home, starting this week.

The Grizzlies will host Northern Colorado on Friday and North Dakota on Saturday. Both matches are schedule to start at 7 p.m. at the West Auxiliary Gym.

Montana will host Southern Utah and Northern Arizona next week, on Thursday and Saturday, as the back half of the Grizzlies’ 16-match league schedule begins.

The Grizzlies (6-13, 1-5 BSC) snapped a 10-match losing streak on Saturday with a convincing 3-1 victory at Weber State, their first Big Sky road win in nearly two years. Montana almost made it a road-trip sweep, falling in five sets at Idaho State on Thursday.

The Bears (9-10, 2-4 BSC) were picked second in the preseason poll but have been un-UNC-like in the early part of league. Northern Colorado has lost three straight and four of five, two of those losses coming at home in straight sets.

The heaviest of the Big Sky’s heavyweights, the Fighting Hawks (19-4, 4-2 BSC) were 19-2 going into last week, then surprisingly got swept on the road by Sacramento State and Portland State. It was North Dakota’s first time losing back-to-back matches in just over a year.

— UM sports information

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