|Volleyball visits GU on Saturday|
MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho volleyball team continues its spring schedule on Saturday with four matches at Gonzaga University. The Vandals will face Seattle U, Montana, Gonzaga and Washington State, playing three of those times for the first time this spring.
“It’s huge to be able to play four teams in one day,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said of what her team can learn from squaring off against different opponents. “We haven’t seen Seattle U yet this spring, we haven’t seen Montana, we haven’t seen Gonzaga and we’ll get another shot at WSU.”
Idaho will play Seattle U at 9 a.m., Montana at 11 a.m., Washington State at noon and Gonzaga at 2 p.m.
“The thing with the spring is there’s no film, there’s no scouting report,” Buchanan said. “They have to learn what adjustments to make throughout the match. After one rotation they should pretty much know what our opponent is doing.”
The Vandals are coming off wins over Central and Eastern Washington and a loss to Washington State in Pullman, Wash., last weekend. Idaho “didn’t show up”, according to Buchanan, in the morning match against WSU before finding its rhythm in the two wins later in the day.
“We started slow,” Buchanan said of last Saturday’s play. “We need to learn how to come out in that first match, even if it is in the morning, because we’re going to be playing some morning matches in the fall. We got better within that match and throughout the day.”
Buchanan did single out her middles, and freshman Torrin Crawford in particular, who is coming off a redshirt season in 2013, for turning in a good performance last weekend.
“Our middles did some nice things,” she said. “If you had to pick one person from last week to this week, I would say Torri made the most improvement. We’re doing the hard things well, but it’s the easy things that we’re not taking advantage of. We need to execute those little things to be at our best.”
After its trip to Gonzaga, the Vandals will have one competition remaining this spring. Idaho will host the Evergreen region team of the Premiere Volleyball League on Apr. 18 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym. The best-of-five match will closely resemble a regular season match.
“They’re all former college players who played at a high level,” Buchanan said. “Some of them are a little older but they’re very savvy. It’ll be a really good experience for our girls, playing a best-of-five match with our court down, at home. We’re trying to make it like a regular fall match.”
Saturday, April 12 (Spokane, Wash.)
Friday, April 18 (Moscow, Idaho)