|Errors cost Vandals|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Idaho volleyball team continued Western Athletic Conference play at San Jose State on Thursday evening, and fell victim to the Spartans in a 3-0 loss in what was SJSU's home opener.
Idaho lost 25-15, 25-14, 28-26 to fall to 3-10 overall and 1-2 in the WAC. San Jose State improved to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in WAC play with the win.
"San Jose came out and played great, they came after us," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "Our kids were a little timid. At times we play not to lose instead of playing to win. We get tight and we just have to compete and right now for whatever reason we're a little off. We're a little hesitant to compete."
The Spartans came out and hit .455 in the first set and held Idaho to a .023 hitting percentage in the second set to build a 2-0 match lead. The Vandals had a chance to extend the match with set-point twice in the third set at 24-23 and 26-25, but offensive miscues kept the Spartans alive, and they were able to capitalize with the 28-26 victory.
"The other team passed well and ran a quick system," Buchanan said of San Jose State. "The first game I think we were just shocked. We just were really tentative. San Jose definitively out-played us tonight. We're making too many errors."
Idaho finished the match with 19 attack errors, seven service errors, one block error and one receiving error. The Vandals hit .113 in the match, the team's second-lowest percentage of the season.
Allison (Walker) Baker had a match-high 13 kills and added five digs for the Vandals while hitting .109. Taylor Wilkinson played in one set off the bench for Idaho and had two kills on five attempts and added three blocks. Ashley Chirstman had seven kills and four blocks for the Vandals, and hit .267.
"Taylor came off the bench and did a great job, hit .400 and had some blocks. Ashley did a nice job on the right side," Buchanan said.
Alyssa Schultz had a match-high five blocks and added three kills. Janelle Chow led the Vandals with nine digs and Ryann Carter finished with 23 assists and eight digs for Idaho.
The Spartans hit .337 in the match with 48 kills and 14 errors on 101 swings. SJSU out-dug Idaho 55-34. Four San Jose State players finished the match with double-digit kills.
The Vandals wrap up their road swing on Saturday at Utah State. Idaho will return home to host Texas State and UTSA on Sept. 27 and 29. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym.