|Volleyball sweeps LA Tech|
RUSTON, La. – For the fourth time this season, the Idaho volleyball team won its second straight match, claiming a 3-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday night. The Vandals will now try to make it three wins in a row for the first time in 2010 when they travel to New Mexico State on Oct. 16.
Idaho won 25-22; 25-17 and 26-24 over Louisiana Tech to improve to 10-9 on the season and 5-3 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Vandals dealt the Lady Techsters their sixth 3-0 WAC loss as LA Tech falls to 10-11 on the season and 0-6 in the WAC.
The Vandals were led by Jenny Feicht’s team-leading fifth double-double of the season, as she finished the match with 36 assists and 14 digs, while adding a kill and three blocks. Kelsey Taylor has been on fire lately, as she entered the match hitting .463 in her last five matches, and kept pace Thursday night, hitting .421 with 10 kills to go along with a match-high six blocks and three digs. Julia Church led Idaho with 19 digs, while Cassie Hamilton finished with 18.
Despite earning their fifth 3-0 sweep of the season, Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan felt the Vandals had room for improvement as they prepare for New Mexico State, who sits near the top of the WAC standings.
“We didn’t play our best volleyball tonight,” Buchanan said. “I think the biggest problem was we overloaded the outsides. They had 95 attempts and we hit just .152. That’s putting too much pressure on them and we need to spread our offense more.”
Alicia Milo had 13 kills on 50 attempts from the outside for Idaho, and hit .100, while Allison Walker had 13 kills on 35 attempts and hit .200. While the Vandals hit just .152 in the match, with 44 kills, 23 errors and 138 attempts, they held Louisiana Tech to a mere .072 hitting percentage, on 34 kills and 24 errors on 139 attempts. Idaho is now 5-0 when holding opponents under a .120 hitting percentage this season.
LA Tech’s Kara Jones led the way for the Lady Techsters, hitting .481 with 14 kills. LA Tech held a 7-6 advantage in total blocks for the match, while Idaho had a 44-34 advantage in kills, and a 72-63 edge in digs.
The Vandals will head to Las Cruces, N.M. to face the Aggies on Saturday night. New Mexico State entered the week at 4-1 in WAC play. The Vandals and Aggies split the season series in 2009.
“New Mexico State is a great team,” Buchanan said. “We’ll have a travel day then we’ll have to go get ready to play. We’re going to have to play better than we did today to win.”
Idaho will return home to face Hawai`i on Oct. 21 in a match that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.