|Hawai`i tops Vandals in finale|
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Idaho volleyball team dropped its season finale Thursday night as No. 3 Hawai'i wrapped up a perfect 16-0 Western Athletic Conference season by topping the Vandals 3-0.
The Vandals finish the regular season at 13-14 overall, and 8-8 in the WAC. Idaho finished in a tie for fourth place in the conference and will be the No. 5 seed in the WAC tournament. The Vandals will face Boise State in the first round of the tournament on Nov. 22.
UH beat the Vandals 25-18; 25-17 and 25-13 to complete the sweep. Idaho freshman Allison Walker narrowly missed her fifth consecutive double-double in the match, finishing with a team-high 11 kills and nine digs. Alicia Milo and Julia Church each had six kills in the match for the Vandals. Jenny Feicht had 22 assists for Idaho, Cassie Hamilton had 14 digs, and Kelsey Taylor led the Vandals with four blocks.
The Vandals hit .167 in the match, while Hawai'i hit .327. The Rainbow Wahine also held a 52-40 advantage in digs, and a 7-2 edge in service aces. Both teams finished the match with five total blocks.
Idaho started off the match strong, jumping ahead to an 8-2 lead capped by back-to-back kills from Church. But after Hawai'i took a time out, they bounced back to tie the match at 10-10, and would take the lead for good at 14-13.
Game two was tied 6-6 before UH stormed to an 18-9 advantage. Idaho chipped away at the lead and got it down to five at 21-16 but could not pull any closer as the Rainbow Wahine pulled ahead 2-0 in the match with a 25-17 win.
Hawai'i pulled ahead 5-1 in the third set and Idaho was unable to close the gap as UH rolled to its 40th consecutive conference victory. UH did not lose a set in WAC play this season, winning all 16 conference matches 3-0. The win lifts the Rainbow Wahine to 27-1 on the season.
Idaho advances to the WAC tournament for the sixth consecutive year, and will have a chance to avenge its loss to BSU in the opening round of the tournament a season ago. The Vandals and Broncos split a pair of matches in the regular season, with Boise State winning in five sets in Boise, and Idaho winning in four sets in Moscow. The WAC tournament takes place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 22-24. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.