|No. 8 Hawai`i too much|
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Idaho volleyball team was close, but couldn't quite get over the hump in a 3-0 loss to No. 8 Hawai'i on Sunday night, as the Vandals fell 25-23; 25-22 and 25-23 in a match that saw 32 total ties and 13 lead changes.
Idaho falls to 11-11 on the season with the loss, and 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference play, while Hawai'i picked up its 49th consecutive WAC win and improved to 9-0 in the conference and 21-1 overall.
Alicia Milo led the way for Idaho, finishing with 19 kills, eight digs and three blocks for the Vandals, as she hit .235 in the match. Allison Walker had her streak of eight straight double-doubles snapped as she finished the match with 10 kills and seven digs while hitting .304. Jenny Feicht had 33 assists and eight digs, and set the Vandals to a .209 hitting percentage. Julia Church had five digs and five blocks, Cassie Hamilton had 11 digs, and Alex Sele finished with five kills and eight blocks.
Idaho had 38 kills and 15 attack errors in the match, while Hawai'i had 50 kills and 21 attack errors. The Vandals had a 10-8 advantage in total blocks, while Hawai'i out-dug Idaho 51-42.
The tightly-contested first set was tied 23-all with Idaho's serving, but a service error gave Hawai'i a 24-23 advantage and an attack error on the next play gave Hawai'i its set-clinching 25th point.
Idaho bounced back and found itself in a similar position in set two. The Vandals and Rainbow Wahine were tied at 22-all, but back-to-back kills from Hawai'i's Jane Croson and a set-clinching ace from Brittany Hewitt gave Hawai'i the 25-22 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was another nail-biter, as the teams were tied at 22-all late in the set. Hawai'i got two straight kills to pull ahead 24-22 but pulled Idaho back within one at 24-23 with a kill. But it was Croson who had the final kill of the match to give Hawai'i the 25-23 win and the 3-0 sweep. Hawai'i improves to 18-0 all-time against Idaho with the win.
The Vandals return to action for their final two home matches of the season when they host Louisiana Tech on Oct. 27 and New Mexico State on Oct. 29. The match against New Mexico State will be senior night in Memorial Gym, as Idaho seniors Cassie Hamilton, Alicia Milo and Rylee Walker will be honored in a special ceremony before the match. That match will also be Idaho's dig for the cure match. Pink T-shirts will be sold at the match to raise awareness for breast cancer.