|Second place still in the air|
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Idaho volleyball team enters the final week of the regular season with a chance to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference and earn a bye into the semifinals of the WAC Tournament.
The Vandals enter the week with a 14-11 overall record and an 8-4 mark in WAC play. Idaho has won three in a row and eight of its last 10 overall.
Idaho plays a pair of WAC matches at Fresno State (Nov. 10) and Nevada (Nov. 12), and with two wins coupled with a New Mexico State loss, the Vandals will earn their highest WAC finish in program history and the No. 2 seed in the WAC Tournament. New Mexico State plays at San Jose State and at No. 6 Hawai'i to close the season. No matter what happens, Idaho cannot finish lower than third in the conference.
Standing in Idaho's way are Fresno State and Nevada. Fresno State enters the week with a 12-13 overall record and is 6-6 in the WAC. The Bulldogs are fighting for positioning in the WAC Tournament as well, as two wins would propel Fresno State to fourth place in the standings. Idaho is 13-3 all-time against Fresno State, and the Vandals won a tight five-setter over the Bulldogs in Memorial Gym on Oct. 15.
Idaho will wrap up the regular season on Nov. 12 in Reno, Nev., against Nevada. The Wolf Pack are 5-19 on the season and 2-10 in WAC play, and have been eliminated from contention for the six-team WAC Tournament. Idaho beat Nevada 3-1 in Memorial Gym earlier this year and is 22-13 against the Wolf Pack all-time.
The Fresno State match begins at 7 p.m. and fans can follow live stats online at www.gobulldogs.com. Idaho's match at Nevada starts at noon, and live stats will be available at www.nevadawolfpack.com.
The WAC Tournament is Nov. 21-23 in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The WAC's top six teams advance to the tournament, with the top two seeds earning a first-round bye into the semifinals. The WAC Tournament champion will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.