|Vandals home for three straight|
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Idaho volleyball team will be in the friendly confines of Memorial Gym for three of its final four matches of the regular season, when it hosts New Mexico State on Nov. 11 (7 p.m.), Louisiana Tech on Nov. 13 (1 p.m.), and Fresno State on Nov. 15 (7 p.m.).
The Vandals will be looking for revenge when they take on New Mexico State in Memorial Gym. The Vandals led the Aggies 2-0 in Las Cruces, N.M., on Oct. 16 before New Mexico State stormed back to win the next three games and steal a 3-2 win in Western Athletic Conference play.
The Vandals are 12-11 overall and 7-5 in WAC play heading into the match. Idaho is coming off back-to-back five-set road wins against WAC foes Nevada and Utah State. Those two wins put Idaho into third place in the WAC standings, and helped the Vandals get that much closer to clinching a spot in the six-team WAC tournament.
Idaho freshman Allison Walker earned WAC Player of the Week honors for her efforts at Nevada and Utah State. Walker combined for 49 kills, 15 digs and eight blocks in the two matches, setting career highs with 27 kills and five blocks against Nevada, while completing her third career double-double with 11 digs.
The Vandals are hitting .209 as a team in conference matches this season, and are third in the league in blocks per game, averaging 2.71.
New Mexico State enters the match with a 17-10 overall record, and has won nine of its last 10 matches. The Aggies are 11-2 in WAC play, and can wrap up the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the WAC tournament with one more WAC win.
The Aggies rank second in the league in both hitting percentage and opponent hitting percentage in WAC matches, hitting .260, while allowing opponents to hit just .177.
The Vandals have never lost to Louisiana Tech, owning an 11-0 record in the all-time series. Idaho beat the Bulldogs 3-0 in Ruston, La., earlier in the season, and will be looking for its sixth consecutive season sweep over LA Tech. Louisiana Tech enters the week at 12-17 overall and 1-11in the WAC in 2010.
Idaho will wrap up its three game home stand against Fresno State on Nov. 15, when Idaho senior Kelsey Taylor will be honored on Senior Night. The Vandals swept Fresno State 3-0 to open up conference play on Sept. 23, and own a 12-2 advantage in the all-time series. Fresno State is 11-14 overall and 5-8 in the WAC heading into the week.
The Vandals wrap up the regular season with a trip to Hawai'i on Nov. 18 before heading to the WAC tournament Nov. 22-24.