|Volleyball falls in four sets|
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Idaho volleyball team started off hot, hitting .542 in a 25-17 game one win against Fresno State Monday night, but the Bulldogs weathered the storm and fought back to take the next three games and beat the Vandals 3-1.
Idaho hit .333 in game two, .139 in game three and .057 in game four as Fresno State won 25-21, 25-18 and 25-20.
The loss drops Idaho to 13-13 on the season and 8-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. Fresno State improves to 12-15 on the season and 6-9 in the WAC. The two teams split the season series, as Idaho beat Fresno State 3-0 in Fresno, Calif., on Sept. 23.
"We had a great practice yesterday but when it comes down to having to it you have to compete, and I feel like Fresno State outplayed us," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "I thought the difference in this game is we have to be able to pass better than we are right now. So that something that we have to get back to."
Alicia Milo led Idaho with 18 kills and hit .333 for the night, while Allison Walker had her fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 15 kills and 10 digs for the Vandals. Julia Church had six kills, nine digs and three blocks in the match, Jenny Feicht had 47 assists and Cassie Hamilton had 21 digs.
Idaho hit .240 for the match with 52 kills, and 22 errors on 125 attempts, while Fresno State hit .266, finishing with 58 kills and 21 errors on 139 attempts. The Vandals held an 11.0-9.0 advantage in blocks and out-dug Fresno State 53-45.
Fresno State recorded seven aces in the match, while Idaho finished with five, including three from Walker.
The Vandals and Bulldogs were tied 19-19 in game two before Fresno State won six of the final eight points to tie the match 1-1. Idaho's only lead in game three came at 1-0 before FSU pulled ahead 6-2. Idaho would pull within one point, but could never tie the score as the Bulldogs used a 7-2 run to close out the game and take a 2-1 lead.
With the score tied at 15-15, game four was up for the taking, but again it was Fresno State who took advantage, rallying for three straight points to take the lead for good as they closed out the match 25-20.
The Vandals will wrap up the regular season at Hawai'i on Nov. 18 before heading to the WAC tournament in Las, Vegas, Nev.