|Volleyball wins another|
RENO, Nev. - The Idaho volleyball team finished regular season play with its fifth consecutive win, and its 10th in its last 12 matches with a 3-1 Western Athletic Conference victory over Nevada Saturday afternoon.
The Vandals won 25-19; 19-25; 25-23; 25-20 to finish the regular season with a 16-11 overall record and a 10-4 mark in conference play. Nevada finished with a 5-21 overall record and went 2-12 in the WAC.
The Vandals will await the result of New Mexico State's match at No. 6 Hawai'i Saturday night to see if they will be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the WAC Tournament, which takes place Nov. 21-23 in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. If Hawai'i beats the Aggies, Idaho will finish second in the WAC and earn a first-round bye into the WAC semifinals. If New Mexico State wins the Vandals will be the No. 3 seed and face the No. 6 seed in the opening round. A second place WAC finish would be Idaho's highest in its seven years in the conference, and its highest finish in any conference since winning the Big Sky in 1995.
Allison Walker had 20 kills and six digs in Saturday's match, while Alicia Milo finished with 15 kills and eight digs and hit .244. Idaho's middles made a major impact on the match as well as Alyssa Schultz had eight kills and six blocks in the match while Alex Sele had nine kills and nine blocks. Julia Church finished with three kills and nine digs, while Jenny Feicht had 48 assists, nine digs, three blocks and set Idaho to a .240 hitting percentage. Cassie Hamilton had 18 digs in the match to bring her career total to 1394, just 24 shy of tying Idaho's career record of 1,420 held by Meghan Brown.
The Vandals had a season-high 15.5 total blocks in the match and finished with 58 kills and 52 digs. Nevada hit .158 in the match and had 51 kills, 56 digs and 8.0 total blocks.
The Vandals will enter the WAC tournament as one of the hottest teams in the league. Idaho's last loss came at Hawai'i on Oct. 23 and the Vandals have had two five-match win streaks since Oct. 1.
The top six teams in the WAC advance to the tournament, with the top two seeds earning a bye into the semifinals while the No. 3 seed plays the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed plays the No. 5 seed in the quarterfinals on Nov. 21. The semifinals will be played Nov. 22 with the championship will be on Nov. 23 in an ESPN-U nationally televised match. The WAC tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.