SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Four Vandals finished with double-digit kills and the Idaho volleyball team had its second-highest hitting percentage of the season as it beat Texas State 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Monday to advance to its second straight conference semifinal.
Idaho improves to 16-13 on the season with the win, while No. 7 seed Texas State finished its season with a 14-16 record. The second-seeded Vandals won 25-14, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, and will face host UTSA, the third seed, at 4 p.m. Central on Tuesday.
Idaho's Allison (Walker) Baker had a team-high 13 kills and added 11 digs, finishing with her sixth consecutive double-double, 21st of the season, and her 45th consecutive match with double-digit kills. Sophomore Jessica Hastriter came off the bench and had 12 kills in the match. Senior Alex Sele added 11 kills and three blocks, hitting .500, and junior Taylor Wilkinson, filling in for injured first-team All-WAC sophomore Alyssa Schultz, had 10 kills, five blocks, and also hit .500.
"The big thing for our match tonight is we had balance, we had multiple kids involved," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "Jessica Hastriter came off the bench and had a great night. We had Taylor Wilkinson come off the bench filling in for Alyssa Schultz, and both of those kids did an outstanding job.
"It's always unfortunate when you lose a player, and Alyssa is an asset to this team and has been all year, but that also allows the next kid to come in and shine, who has worked hard all year and competed on a daily basis and never given up," Buchanan added on Wilkinson. "She did an outstanding job and that's what you want."
Wilkinson's 10 kills came on 18 attempts, and she had just one error in the match.
"I was a little nervous," Wilkinson admitted. "That's definitely a huge loss to our team, but we have good coaches and good teammates and they've prepared me well. I knew that my team would back me up and have confidence in me so I just went out there and played my best."
Jenny Feicht had 38 assists and Ryann Carter had 11, and the two combined to set Idaho to a .302 hitting percentage in the match. The Vandals out-blocked the Bobcats 8.0-7.0, and held Texas State to a .226 hitting percentage.
Julia Church finished the match with seven kills and no errors, and added five blocks, hitting .467. Ashley Christman had six kills and hit .308. Janelle Chow had a match-high 22 digs, and Church and Feicht added eight each.
The Vandals will face UTSA on their home court on Tuesday. Idaho and UTSA split the regular season series, with each team winning at home. Both teams finished with 13-5 WAC records.
Texas State's Alexandra Simms finished with a match-high 17 kills, and Caleigh MCCorquodale added 13 kills.
"We want to keep pushing here, we're not done. We've got a lot left in is and we can dig down and keep fighting," Buchanan said. "They definitely have the home court advantage, but we're rolling right now, we're playing well and it's going to be a battle. They're going to have to do a lot to come in and try to beat us, and the same thing for us. We're going to have to really execute."