|Volleyball drops heartbreaker|
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Idaho volleyball team took the first two games Saturday night against New Mexico State, but couldn’t hold on, as the Aggies stormed back to win the final three games and win the match 3-2.
Idaho won 25-16 and 25-18 in games one and two before NMSU won the final three games 25-17, 25-16 and 15-8. Idaho falls to 10-10 on the season and 5-4 in the Western Athletic Conference, while New Mexico State improves to 12-9 overall and 6-1 in the WAC.
“The first two games I thought we passed great, we really played with no fear, the kids went after it,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. “Then we just started to pull some of the old stuff, making too many errors, we just didn’t play as crisp.”
The Vandals hit .531 with 17 kills and no errors on 32 attempts in the first game, and .333 with 14 kills and two errors on 36 attempts in the second game, before hitting in the negatives in games three and four.
“This was a winnable match, we had it in our hands and we just let it go,” Buchanan said.
Idaho was led by Julia Church who finished with 11 kills and hit .476, while Allison Walker had a double-double with a match-high 18 kills to go along with 11 digs, and hit .270. Alicia Milo finished with 13 kills, Alex Sele had nine, Jenny Feicht had 52 assists, Cassie Hamilton led Idaho with 19 digs and Kelsey Taylor had six total blocks for the Vandals.
New Mexico State out-hit Idaho .222 to .199 in the match as the Aggies finished with 61 kills and 26 errors on 158 attempts, to Idaho’s 59 kills, 27 errors and 161 attempts. The Aggies also out-blocked Idaho 12.0 to 9.5, and had a 66-60 advantage in digs.
The Vandals return home to face No. 4 Hawai’i in Memorial Gym on Oct. 21 in a match that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Idaho will then have some time off before traveling to Nevada on Nov. 4 and Utah State on Nov. 6.