|Idaho hosts Hawaii on ESPNU|
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Idaho volleyball team will showcase its talents on the national stage Thursday, Oct. 21, when ESPNU comes to town to nationally broadcast the Vandals' match against No. 4 Hawai'i. The match begins at 8 p.m. in Memorial Gym.
Idaho brings a 10-10 overall record into the week, and is 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Vandals are 5-2 at home in 2010 and 3-1 in home WAC contests.
The Vandals are 0-13 against Hawai'i all-time. The two teams have met 10 times in the WAC regular season, once in the WAC tournament and twice in the NCAA tournament (2003, 1994).
Idaho is led by senior Kelsey Taylor who ranks 23rd nationally in blocks, averaging 1.31 per game. Taylor also leads the team with a .284 hitting percentage on the season and has totaled 142 kills and 97 blocks on the season. Redshirt-freshman Allison Walker leads the Vandals with 3.86 kills per game on the season, and is hitting .223.
The Rainbow Wahine enter the match at No. 4 in the AVCA Top-25 with a 16-1 record and a 6-0 mark in WAC play. Hawai'i owns a 31-match WAC winning streak, dating back to 2008. While Hawai'i is 16-1 on the season, they have played only two matches away from home in 2010.
Hawai'i currently leads the WAC in six of seven statistical categories, topping the conference in hitting percentage (.270), opponent hitting percentage (.138), assists (13.07), kills (14.05), blocks (2.79) and aces (1.54). The Rainbow Wahine are second to Louisiana Tech in digs, averaging 14.64 per game.
Hawai'i outsider hitter Kanani Danielson is the reigning WAC Player of the Week, and ranks second in the league with 4.54 kills per game. UH middle blocker Brittany Hewitt is second in the WAC with a .364 hitting percentage. Hewitt also leads the nation with 1.79 blocks per game.
After Idaho takes on Hawai'i on Oct. 21, the Vandals don't play again until they visit Nevada on Nov. 4. That's two entire weeks between matches, the longest break between two matches in the same season in Vandal history (match-by-match dates date back to 1982). Idaho will return to Memorial Gym for its final three home matches of the season with it hosts New Mexico State on Nov. 11, Louisiana Tech on Nov. 13, and Fresno State on Nov. 15.