|Vandals win another five-setter|
LOGAN, Utah – It took extra points in two of the five sets, but in the end, the Idaho volleyball team pulled out its second five-set road win in three days, beating Utah State 24-26, 25-19, 25-21, 16-26 and 21-19.
The win boosts Idaho to 12-11 on the season and 7-5 in the Western Athletic Conference, while Utah State drops to 18-8 and 6-7 in the WAC.
The win also avenges Idaho’s home loss to the Aggies earlier this season, and strengthens Idaho’s positioning for a spot in the six-team WAC tournament. Idaho entered the match just a half game behind Nevada and a half game ahead of Utah State in fourth place in the conference standings.
The Vandals were led by double-doubles from Allison Walker and Jenny Feicht. Walker finished the match with 27 kills and 11 digs and added five blocks, while Feicht racked up 60 assists and 10 digs.
Alicia Milo had 19 kills and hit .239 in the match, and Kelsey Taylor finished with 14 kills, six digs and four blocks while hitting .393.
The Vandals had a chance to take a 1-0 lead as they held a 24-20 advantage in the first game, but Utah State managed to rally off six consecutive points to steal the game 26-24. But Idaho bounced back to take the next two sets and pull ahead 2-1, before the Aggies rolled to a 25-16 win in the fourth game to force a decisive game five.
“We almost won game one, and we should have, but the kids fought hard and it took 11 of us to get the job done,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said.
The Vandals hit .281 as a team, finishing the match with 73 kills and 26 errors on 167 attempts. Utah State hit .262 in the match, and both teams finished with 10.5 total blocks. The Vandals held a 63-57 advantage in digs and a 4-3 edge in aces.
Idaho finishes its road trip going 2-0, with both wins coming in five sets after the Vandals took down Nevada on Thursday.
Idaho will be at home for three of its final four matches of the season, as the Vandals host New Mexico State on Nov. 11, Louisiana Tech on Nov. 13 and Fresno State on Nov. 15. Idaho will visit Hawai`i on Nov. 18 to wrap up the regular season. The WAC tournament is Nov. 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nev.