|UTSA edges Idaho|
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - It was a tight battle all the way through, but in the end the Idaho volleyball team fell 3-1 at UTSA in Western Athletic Conference action Thursday night.
The Vandals won the first set 27-25 before falling 25-27, 22-25, 23-25 to fall to 10-12 overall and 8-4 in the WAC. UTSA improves to 14-8 overall and 7-5 in the WAC with the win.
Idaho junior Allison (Walker) Baker finished with a team-high 18 kills and added nine digs and two blocks in the match. Senior Alex Sele had 11 kills and two blocks, hitting .381, and freshman Katelyn Peterson added nine kills. Sophomore Alyssa Schultz had eight kills while hitting .364 and tacking on nine total blocks, including three solo blocks. Senior Julia Church had five kills, five digs and three blocks.
Senior setter Jenny Feicht had her second double-double in as many matches, finishing with 31 assists and 14 digs. Ryann Carter added 16 assists and nine digs for Idaho, which hit .246 in the match. Senior Janelle Chow had 22 digs for the Vandals and freshman Jenna Ellis had eight, and Idaho's only ace.
"We just didn't capitalize on things when we had the opportunity," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "That's something that we're going to have to learn. We're playing some good teams. We have to finish games and reduce our errors. We hit well enough to win a match. Now, we have to take care of the little stuff."
Idaho out-hit the Roadrunners .246-.220, but UTSA had five aces to Idaho's one, and out-dug the Vandals 95-76. Idaho owned a 12.0-3.0 advantage in blocks. UTSA setter Brandy Huskey mixed things up with seven kills on the night, and added 57 assists and 12 digs. McKenzie Adams finished with a match-high 25 kills for the Roadrunners.
"We out-hit them and out-blocked them," Buchanan said. "One of the biggest things is when we get out of system we tend to give a tip or roll shot away. We just made too many littler errors at the end of the game. We made a lot of those in the last part of game four when we had the lead."
Baker moved into 10th place on Idaho's career kills list during the match, passing Beth Craig (1995-98) and finishing with 1,222 for her career. She also had her 38th consecutive match with double-digit kills, a streak that dates back to September of 2011.
The Vandals continue their road trip Saturday when they pay a visit to Texas State, before wrapping up at Denver on Monday evening.
"It's one match at a time," Buchanan said. "Everybody wants to win at home. We just have to finish games and finish matches. That's on us. We were in position to win. Nobody is going to give anything to us the rest of the way."