|Volleyball takes down Seattle|
MOSCOW - The Idaho volleyball team notched its 10th Western Athletic Conference win of the year Saturday night with a 25-16, 25-17, 12-25, 25-19 victory over Seattle U in Memorial Gym
Idaho improves to 12-13 overall, while Seattle U drops to 7-18 and 2-13 in the WAC.
The Vandals dominated the first two games, hitting .382 with 15 kills and just two errors in their 25-16 win in game one, before holding Seattle U to -.071 hitting percentage to win game two. The third game, however, was a different story. Seattle U hit .500 with just one hitting error and jumped out to a 10-1 lead, taking the Vandals out of it from the start.
"Besides game three it was a good match," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "The girls came out with some intensity and we were able to pull it off, minus that game three. The good news is we came back to win the match. They played with some composure and it's an important lesson to be able to do that. Let's just hope we don't continue to put ourselves in those positions."
Idaho junior Allison (Walker) Baker hit a season-high .390 in the match, finishing with 19 kills and three errors on 41 attempts, and notched her WAC-leading 17th double-double of the season by adding 12 digs. Sophomore Alyssa Schultz had seven kills and matched her career-high with nine total blocks. Senior Julia Church added a season-high seven blocks and three kills for Idaho. Junior Ashley Christman had seven kills while hitting .333 and senior Alex Sele added six kills and a block.
Jenny Feicht finished with 23 assists and seven digs for Idaho, and senior Ryann Carter had 17 assists and two digs. Senior Janelle Chow had a team-high 18 digs and delivered two of Idaho's four aces.
"It felt really good, especially the first two games," Chow said of Idaho's performance. "We passed really well and hit really well and just played as a team."
The Vandals hit .221 as a team, with 45 kills and 15 errors on 136 attempts. Seattle U hit .168 in the match with 47 kills and 25 errors on 131 attempts. Idaho out-blocked the Redhawks 12.0-4.0, while Seattle U owned a 67-50 advantage in digs.
Saturday's win was Idaho's 248th win in Memorial Gym and the program's 699th win overall. The Vandals have a chance to reach their 250th home win and 700th win next week, as they host Louisiana Tech on Nov. 8 and UT Arlington on Nov. 10 in their final two home matches of the season. Saturday's match against UT Arlington will be senior night for Idaho's five seniors.