|Vandals tame Cougars|
MOSCOW, Idaho – Chicago State was no match for the Idaho volleyball team on Saturday night as the Vandals cruised to a 25-12, 25-21, 25-19 victory, their second straight sweep.
Idaho improves to 12-8 on the season and 5-3 in the Western Athletic Conference with the win, while Chicago State drops to 2-20 and 0-8 in the WAC.
“Chicago State hasn’t won a WAC match yet so we knew they were going to come in looking for a win,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. “The last thing you want to do is give a team like that momentum where they feel like they can get in a rhythm and get on a run. I thought our kids did a pretty good job of staying on it for the most part.”
Idaho senior Ashley Christman had a team-high 10 kills and hit .562 in the match, while adding six digs and three blocks. Sophomore Katelyn Peterson added nine kills and eight digs, and redshirt freshman Ali Forde had nine kills while hitting a career-high .368. Junior Alyssa Schultz had eight kills and hit .375, sophomore Meredith Coba had 33 assists, nine digs and two blocks, and sophomore Jenna Ellis added a team-high 15 digs.
The Vandals had seven aces from six different players in the match, including two from freshman Terra Varney and one each from Coba, Peterson, Ellis, Samantha Delmer and Michele Brown.
“The girls have had a lot of energy this week and a lot of momentum,” Buchanan said. “That’s something you have to have as a young team. You have to start having a little bit of attitude about you. I don’t think we’ve felt totally comfortable doing that, so it’s good to see our kids with some energy.”
Idaho hit .309 in the match to improve to 6-0 this season when hitting .300 or better. The Vandals held CSU to a .124 hitting percentage and held a 45-40 edge in digs, a 7-5 lead in blocks, and a 7-1 advantage in aces.
While the Vandals cruised to victory in the first set, Idaho had to battle before pulling away in the second and third sets. The Vandals trailed by as many as three in a second set that featured nine ties and four lead-changes before Idaho took the lead for good at 14-13. The third set saw 14 ties and nine lead changes before Idaho used a 6-0 run to close the match.
The Vandals return to the road next week for WAC matches at Utah Valley (Oct. 24) and Bakersfield (Oct. 26.).