|Volleyball back in action|
MOSCOW, Idaho - For the first time in two weeks, the Idaho volleyball team will be in action when it travels to face Nevada on Nov. 4, and Utah State on Nov. 6, in a pair of Western Athletic Conference matches. The Vandals had their longest in-season layoff in program history with no action between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4.
This week's matches will have serious implications on WAC tournament berths and seeds, as Nevada, Idaho and Utah State currently stand third, fourth and fifth in the conference standings, separated by only two games. The Vandals, at 10-11 overall and 5-5 in the WAC, are a game and a half behind third-place Nevada (13-11, 7-4), and a half game ahead of fifth-place Utah State (17-7, 5-6). The top six teams in the WAC earn a berth into the WAC Tournament.
Vandal setter Jenny Feicht will be looking for her 1,000th career assist, as she enters the week with 974 for her career, and is averaging 9.82 per game this season. Senior Kelsey Taylor currently ranks 22nd in the nation with 1.31 blocks per game on the season, and she has racked up 101 total blocks on the year to go along with a team-leading .276 hitting percentage. Redshirt freshman Allison Walker leads the Vandals with 273 kills on the year, while Alicia Milo has 227.
The Vandals will be looking to sweep the season series against the Wolf Pack, as Idaho beat Nevada 3-1 in Memorial Gym on Oct. 9. Nevada ranks near the top of the WAC in kills (14.63/2nd), assists (13.51/2nd), hitting percentage (.249/3rd) and digs (14.02/3rd) in WAC contests.
After falling to Utah State 3-1 in Moscow earlier this season, Idaho will look to even the season series against the Aggies. Utah State setter Chelsea Fowles lit up the Vandals with 47 assists and added eight kill on 12 attempts in USU's 3-1 win. Utah State's Liz McArthur ranks first in the WAC with 0.42 service aces per game, while Fowles ranks second with 0.34, and the Aggies lead the conference as a team in that category, averaging 1.52 service aces per game.