|Gauchos top Vandals in five|
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Idaho volleyball team continued its California road swing at UC Santa Barbara on Friday night and got the same result it did on Thursday, a five-set loss, as the Gauchos beat Idaho 25-11, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25 and 15-12 in the UCSB Fall Invitational.
Idaho falls to 2-3 on the season with the loss, while UCSB improves to 3-1. It was Idaho's fourth five-set match of the young season and third straight, and all three of the Vandals' losses have come in five sets.
The Gauchos held a statistical advantage in nearly every category, including 65-60 in kills, .196-.165 in hitting percentage, 9-1 in service aces, and 13.0-12.5 in total blocks. The Vandals, however, out-dug UCSB 107-97, led by a career-high 39-dig effort by senior Janelle Chow.
"The girls gave great effort, they played awesome and they battled, and I thought they did a great job," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "It's another tough one, but we definitely need to keep playing these types of teams because we're getting challenged and we're getting better."
Allison (Walker) Baker was two kills shy of matching her career-high, finishing with 26 while hitting .128 and adding 20 digs and six blocks for her fifth double-double in as many matches this season. Alyssa Schultz had 10 kills, six blocks and four digs in the match, and hit .348. Ashley Christman had nine kills for Idaho, while Alex Sele and Katelyn Peterson each had seven.
Ryann Carter had 55 assists, seven digs and five blocks for the Vandals, while Julia Church and Jenna Ellis each added 12 digs.
UCSB's balanced attack featured four players with double-digit kills, including a team-high 17 from Katey Thompson, 16 from Britton Taylor, 15 from Kara Sherrard and 14 from Leah Sully.
The Vandals wrap up the UCSB Fall Invitational against Northeastern at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and will visit Cal. State Northridge at 12:30 on Monday before wrapping up their California trip.