|Volleyball gets another sweep|
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Idaho volleyball team got back on track with a 3-0 Western Athletic Conference win over Louisiana Tech in Memorial Gym Thursday night. Idaho won 25-21; 25-17 and 25-21 to secure its ninth 3-0 sweep of the season.
The Vandals break a two-match skid and improve to 12-11 on the season and 6-4 in WAC play while Louisiana Tech falls to 6-17 and 0-9 in the WAC. Idaho is now 5-1 at home this season, and hosts its final home match of 2011 on Saturday against New Mexico State before wrapping up the season on the road at Utah State, Fresno State and Nevada.
"This was a huge win for a lot of reasons," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "We want to solidify our spot in the WAC. We struggled this last weekend on the road. We lost to San Jose in five and that is a game that I think will hurt us and so we have to make it up, we need to win out so we can be the two or three seed in the conference tournament. We've got to take care of business and I really think we can."
Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan broke the school's all-time wins record, previously held by Tom Hilbert with 174 career wins, as she notched her 175th win in 12 seasons.
"It's an honor," Buchanan said of the record. "It's really about the program and the kids, but it is a great honor for sure."
Allison Walker finished with 17 kills and hit a season-high .389 in the match. Alicia Milo had 14 kills, nine digs and three blocks for the Vandals and Cassie Hamilton had 12 digs and Idaho's only ace of the match. Hamilton's 12 digs bump her career total to 1,319, and she is just 101 digs away from tying Idaho's career record.
Alyssa Schultz finished with four kills and three blocks, including two solo blocks in the match, while fellow middle Alex Sele had five kills and four blocks. Rylee Walker came off the bench and gave the Vandals four kills and two blocks.
Julia Church had three kills and eight digs, and Jessica Hastriter had with two kills and a solo block.
Jenny Feicht and Ryann Carter split time at setter for Idaho and combined for 44 assists. Feicht had 26 of those and added seven digs and three blocks, while Carter had 18 assists, four digs and a block.
"Both of these setters have been competing," Buchanan said. "Jenny wins a couple days and then Ryann wins a couple days. They each bring different things and Ryann deserves a chance as much as Jenny does and the other kids on the court. Rylee (Walker) is another one that is battling at practice and she is right there, and she brings something a little different and we definitely wanted to give her that opportunity. You want to get more kids in but you don't want to disrupt the flow of the game because it is such a game of momentum, and I get a little worried with that as a coach. It's good to be able to make the subs and see those kids go in and really execute the game."
Idaho out-hit Louisiana Tech .270 to .091. Idaho finished with 51 kills, 49 assists, 52 digs and 11.0 total blocks. LA Tech had 31 kills, 29 assists, 46 digs and 4.0 blocks.
The Vandals are currently in third place in the WAC standings and host second-place New Mexico State on Saturday. That match is senior night in Memorial Gym, as Idaho seniors Milo, Hamilton and Rylee Walker will be honored before the match. Saturday is also Idaho's Dig for the Cure event, and pink T-shirts will be sold for 10 dollars with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen fund to end breast cancer.