MISSOULA — The Montana volleyball team will conclude its season this week with a pair of home matches against Idaho and Eastern Washington. The Grizzlies will face the Vandals on Thursday and the Eagles on Saturday. Both matches will be at 7 p.m. in the West Auxiliary Gym.

Montana (7-20, 2-12 Big Sky) was eliminated from the chase for the eight-team Big Sky Conference tournament last week with losses to Portland State and Montana State. Montana, which hit 20 losses for the fourth straight year, is tied with Southern Utah for last place in the Big Sky standings.

After a home sweep last week of Northern Colorado and North Dakota, the Vandals (15-10, 10-4) are tied atop the Big Sky’s North Division with the Fighting Hawks. Whoever emerges on top after this week’s matches takes the No. 2 seed into next week’s tournament at Sacramento State.

Eastern Washington (7-16, 4-10) os still alive to make the postseason, but the Eagles would need 91 things to fall in their favor for that to occur. Eastern Washington snapped an eight-match losing streak on Friday night with a five-set home win over Northern Colorado.

— UM sports information

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