|Vandals earn trio of honors|
BOISE, Idaho – After winning the Bronco Volleyball Classic with wins over Boise State, Sacramento State and North Texas, three Idaho volleyball players earned all-tournament team honors, including Tournament MVP Meredith Coba, middle blocker Alyssa Schultz and outside hitter Katelyn Peterson.
Coba, a sophomore setter from Salem, Ore., set a balanced Idaho offense that hit .309 in the tournament. By comparison, Idaho was hitting .230 as a team heading into the week. Coba averaged 11.21 assists per set and added six kills and five blocks in 14 sets during the tournament. She had a career-high 67 assists in Idaho’s tournament-clinching win over North Texas, while setting two Idaho hitters to career-highs in kills and the team to a .389 hitting percentage.
“Obviously with Meredith being the MVP, a lot of that was because of her distribution,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. “Offensively our numbers wouldn’t have been that good of she wasn’t making some good decisions. You can’t have that without a good setter.”
Schultz, a junior from Issaquah, Wash., hit .412 with 2.71 kills and 0.64 blocks per set during the tournament. She had one of her best performances of the season against Sacramento State when she had 12 kills and no errors on 22 swings, four blocks and a .545 hitting percentage. She had 14 kills and hit .344 in Idaho’s win against North Texas and had 12 and three blocks against Boise State. And, as Buchanan pointed out, her presence helped open up Idaho’s outsides.
“Schultz getting our outsides a lot of opportunities and then when she is open she’s getting that kill almost every time,” Buchanan said. “She’s a lower hitter and definitely making some big moves.”
With what Buchanan said was the best weekend of her career, Peterson led Idaho with 3.5 kills per game during the tournament and hit .325. She also added 1.64 digs per set and had a team-best six aces. Peterson had career-highs with 18 kills and a .457 hitting percentage in Idaho’s win over Sacramento State, then upped her career-best kill mark the next day with 20 against North Texas. Peterson nearly had her first career double-double with 11 kills and nine digs against Boise State. She also had two aces in each of Idaho’s three matches.
Jessica Hastriter, a junior outside hitter from Boise, narrowly missed out on all-tournament team honors despite career-highs with 23 kills and a .538 hitting percentage against North Texas.
“Both of our outsides did a great job, If I could have four players on the all-tournament team I would,” Buchanan said. “This was the best weekend Kate has had, and Jess had an outstanding weekend too. Kate’s numbers were a little more consistent, and there’s a lot of promise for our future.”