|Volleyball wins fourth straight|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Idaho freshman Ali Forde tallied a career-high 15 kills in her first career start, leading the Vandal volleyball team to its fourth consecutive victory, a 3-1 win at Kansas City on Saturday night.
The Vandals improve to 17-10 on the season and 10-5 in Western Athletic Conference play with the 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22 win. UMKC falls to 15-13 and 9-7 in WAC play.
Forde’s 15 kills came on 32 swings and she hit .375 in the match. Junior Alyssa Schultz finished with seven kills and nine blocks while hitting .389 without a hitting error in the match. Ashley Christman had 10 kills, six digs, five blocks and an ace for the Vandals. Meredith Coba racked up 45 assists for the Vandals and Jenna Ellis had a team-high 19 digs.
Jessica Hastriter finished with nine kills, three digs and three blocks for Idaho, and Taylor Wilkinson had six kills and five blocks.
The Vandals hit .255 in the match and held the Roos to a .205 hitting percentage. Idaho held a 62-58 advantage in digs and a 14-5 lead in blocks. The Vandals also had six aces while UMKC had two.
“We played as a team from an offensive standpoint,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. “They obviously had a lot a lot of kills but for us the biggest thing was we hit at a high percentage and were able to side-out at a little higher percentage and block more.”
The Vandals will wrap up the regular season at Grand Canyon on Nov. 21. The WAC tournament is Nov. 25-27 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. Idaho can potentially earn as high as the third seed in the tournament, but the Vandals cannot finish lower than fourth.