|Vandals end spring with sweep|
MOSOCW, Idaho – The Idaho volleyball team took four consecutive sets against the Evergreen Region Volleyball Association in its final competition of the spring in Memorial Gym on Friday evening.
Idaho won 31-29, 25-17, 25-10 and 25-21 against the Premiere Volleyball League opponent.
The Vandals hit .238 in the match led by 18 kills and a .389 hitting percentage from rising sophomore Ali Forde. Kaitlyn Peterson and Alyssa Schultz each had nine kills and setter Meredith Coba finished with 42 assists and seven digs.
Jenna Ellis, who rotated with Terra Varney at libero, had a team-high 21 digs to go with three aces and four kills with a .500 hitting percentage. Ellis, who was an outside hitter at Pocatello’s Century High School before coming to Idaho, showed she’s still comfortable in the front row.
“It comes back to me because that’s what I played my whole life before I came here,” the 5-foot-9 Ellis said. “I’m really comfortable, it feels like my home spot because that was the first position I learned how to play. When I’m up there I feel really relaxed, especially with the teammates around me. I have a great setter delivering the ball. My mentality when I’m up there is really to just be aggressive because I’m smaller than some of the girls. I just try to use hands and swing as hard as I can sometimes.”
ERVA hit .091 in the match with 48 kills and 33 errors on 164 attempts. Idaho held a 6.0-5.0 edge in blocks and a 73-71 advantage in digs. The Vandals delivered eight aces while ERVA finished with six.
Idaho’s middle blockers, Schultz and redshirt-freshman Torrin Crawford, combined for 14 kills and a .225 hitting percentage. Their production helped Idaho’s outside hitters get better opportunities, which is something Ellis said the team executed well this spring.
“From the start of spring we did a really good job of getting our middles involved, and as the spring went on that helped us isolate our outsides and right sides more,” she said. “Defense was a big piece we were working on all spring, and that’s something that we still have to work on throughout the summer. The defensive piece -- being cohesive and running out-of-system stuff but striving to get in-system -- that was the biggest thing and we did a good job of working hard every day in practice to reach that.”