Monthly Archives: September 2014

Idaho Soccer Goes to 2- 0 in Big Sky Play With Win Over North Dakota

The University of Idaho women’s soccer team has won its first two games in the Big Sky Conference and hopes to be building momentum after finishing a tough non- conference schedule with a record of  0-9.

The Vandals defeated North Dakota 1-0 on Sunday after winning its conference opener on Friday.

Sophomore Kavita Battan, who scored the game winner in each of those wins, said the team had much more confidence coming into Sunday’s game after Friday’s win. “We did exactly what we needed to do to get the win,” she said after Sunday’s game. “The momentum from Friday’s game came to today’s game.”

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(Screen capture of Idaho’s Kavita Battan talking with writers after Sunday’s game is from Vandal Athletics video)

“We gained a lot of confidence from Friday in the sense that we were able to execute our game plan,” Idaho coach Derek Pittman said in a statement after the game. “Sundays are always tough, it is difficult because you have to play another game within 48 hours, but our kids found a way to come out and grind it out.

Battan scored the game-winner Sunday in the 21st minute after keeper Torell Stewart punted the ball and connected with Battan, who scored from 10 yards out.


(The celebration following Sunday’s game winner. Photo courtesy Spencer Farrin)

“I definitely think that getting an early goal definitely put the other team on their heels and got our spirits up and we were ready to go,” Battan said. “We just kept pushing and pushing and pushing. We might not have gotten another goal but we definitely had the opportunities and we were confident in ourselves to keep going.”

“I think this win, more than anything proves to the team that what we have been doing the past nine weeks is paying off,” Pittman said. “We had a difficult non-conference schedule that helped to prepare us for Big Sky play. The team believes in our game play, they trust themselves and the coaching staff and this weekend they went out and executed it on both days.”

The Vandals are back in action on the road against Southern Utah Friday at 3 p.m. PT.

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Idaho Volleyball Falls to North Dakota Saturday, Returns to Mem Gym on Oct. 2

The University of Idaho Volleyball team lost a grueling five set match to the University of North Dakota Saturday, 3- 2, in front of 1,039 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, ND.

“We had our opportunities to win the match,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said.

The scores were 25- 16 (Idaho), 25-8 (UND), 27- 25 (Idaho), 25-17 (UND), and 20-18 (UND).

“I told the ladies, no one deserves to lose this match,” UND head coach Mark Pryor said in a statement after the game. “But, we deserve to win it. When I looked out in the fifth set and saw our team smiling through multiple match points, that was a huge step for us to have that attitude in that moment.”

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(Screen capture from UND Insider video highlights)

Idaho had four players record double-digit kills Saturday, and setter Meredith Coba 56 assists and 11 digs, her fourth double-double of the season, but the Vandals couldn’t come away with the road win.

“On the road is where you need to really be able to compete and take care of it when it matters,” Buchanan said in a statement after the game. “North Dakota did a better job of that tonight. They are a good team that is not used to losing at home.”

In fact, North Dakota has a nine-match winning streak at home, including six straight this season, and is 17- 5 at home all-time in Big Sky Conference play.

Still, Buchanan said Idaho had its chances. “We kind of played in streaks,” she said. “We had moments where we were really good and some not as good moments. Our offense was good, but it is not going to carry us all season.

“We battled,” Buchanan said. “We had our opportunities, we just have to finish and take care of business.”

The Vandals (5-9, 1-1) return to Memorial Gym on Thursday, Oct. 2, to host their first Big Sky match of the season. Northern Arizona will be in Moscow for the 7 p.m. PT match at Memorial Gym.

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U- Idaho Soccer Wins Conference Opener

After a non- conference schedule that saw the team go 0-9, the Idaho Vandals opened Big Sky Conference play with a 3-2 win Friday over the Northern Colorado Bears at Guy Wicks Field in Moscow.

Idaho scored the game winner in the 78th minute of play when sophomore Kavita Battan scored on a short –sided shot.

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(Idaho celebrates after Kavita Battan’s game winner on Friday)

“We could have chosen an easier non-conference schedule, we could have softened things up by winning a few easy games here and there playing some easier opponents but we didn’t do that,” head coach Derek Pittman said in a statement after the game. “This team’s resiliency, their attitude and mentality through the first nine games hasn’t wavered. They may have had some moments where they struggled, but they kept fighting.”

The contest was scoreless in the first half. “The first half there were not a lot of opportunities, for either team,” Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera said in a statement after the game. “It turned out to be a very even half.”

Idaho got out to a 2-0 lead in the second half, only to see Northern Colorado come back to tie the game. Idaho’s first two goals were scored by Olivia Baggerly and Gabby Leong.

“This team has got grit, they are tough, they believe in themselves and they believe in our game play,” Pittman said. “Today the team went out there and executed flawlessly. We started the second half the way we wanted to. I am proud of the team for not falling apart when they could have, they kept doing the things we asked them to do and I am proud and excited for them to get this win.”

Sophomore keeper Torell Stewart had 4 saves for the Vandals.

“Today we saw what we were truly made of and put together a great performance,” Pittman said.

The Vandals play at home again Sunday against North Dakota. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT.

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Governor Otter Makes Swing Through North Idaho

Idaho Governor Butch Otter says he hopes the state’s college loan savings program will inspire students to go off to college. He made the comments at a stop at the University of Idaho during a two day swing through the area. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:45 )


It was a busy couple of days for Idaho Governor Butch Otter in north Idaho this week. At the UI in Moscow, he highlighted IDeal, the state’s 529 college savings program, saying in an interview that he hoped the program inspires students to continue their education, whether it’s college or a trade school:

Butch Otter: “I am suggesting that we use programs like this to inspire people to become part of the great education opportunity that we have in Idaho, and then become part of the great workforce that we need to continue to increase the economy.”


(Governor Otter talks with a constituent at the “Smart Women, Smart Money” conference in Moscow Monday)

The Governor also attended the ‘Smart Women, Smart Money’ conference in Moscow on Thursday, and his ‘Capital for a Day’ program was held at the community center in Lenore on Wednesday.

I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.

Urging Idahoans to Save for College

It is “College Savings Month” In Idaho, and the occasion is being used to urge Idahoans to save money for college, starting right away. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:20 )


Attending college is not inexpensive, and finding that money can be challenging for many families. But higher education and state officials were in Moscow today to say there are programs out there to help.

Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane says that a college graduate will earn about a million dollars more in his or her lifetime than a student who only finishes high school. That’s one reason why Crane urges Idaho families to take advantage of the Idaho College Savings Program:

Ron Crane: “It’s working. People have discovered it, and realized that it’s a great program for sending your kids to college, but you’ve got to start saving now.”

IDeal is the state sponsored 529 program, which offers families tax advantages to save money for college.

University of Idaho student Kim Davenport says the program has worked for her:

Kim Davenport: “Through the Ideal savings, some help from my parents, some part-time work, and my own savings, I am able to get through my four years here at the University of Idaho and my undergraduate degree, debt free.”

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(University of Idaho student Kim Davenport)

Davenport spoke at a press conference Thursday morning at the UI in Moscow, along with UI President Chuck Staben, Idaho Governor Butch Otter, and Idaho First Lady Lori Otter. All urged Idaho families to look at this program and to think about the value of a college education.


(L- R: Idaho Governor Butch Otter, Idaho First Lady Lori Otter, U- Idaho President Chuck Staben, Kim Davenport, and Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane)

I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.

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Idaho Football Takes on South Alabama Saturday

The Idaho Vandals face a Sun Belt Conference team this Saturday when they take on the University of South Alabama. The Jaguars are 1-2 this season. Idaho Public Radio’s Jamie Sterbis reports. (:40)


South Alabama comes into the Kibbie Dome this Saturday off  back-to-back losses, but Idaho head coach Paul Petrino says the Jaguars are  another athletic, talented team for the Vandals to compete with:

Paul Petrino: “They have their defensive end number 93, Rich, who is a really good football player. Their defensive tackle, Maclean, 98 is very, very talented, a couple big safeties that run and knock the heck out of people. Offensively, they have a lot of speed out on the field.”


(File photo, Idaho Coach Paul Petrino. Courtesy: Jonathan Billings, Archer Photography)

Petrino says South Alabama will have to travel all the way to Moscow and he hopes that will be an advantage for the Vandals.

This will be Idaho’s second home game of the season and it will start at 2:00 p.m.

I’m Jamie Sterbis reporting.

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(Audio courtesy Sun Belt Teleconference)


Idaho Volleyball Opens Big Sky Conference Play

The Idaho Vandals Volleyball team is, in the words of Coach Debbie Buchanan, “done with one season and getting ready to start the next one.”

The Vandals completed non- conference play with a record of 4- 8. The wins were against Georgia Southern, Boise State, Pepperdine, and Portland. Losses came against Washington State, Loyola Marymount, Oklahoma, Florida, Utah State, UC- Irvine, Long Beach State, and Missouri.

“I think we played a competitive schedule with a variety of teams,” Buchanan said of the non-conference schedule. “We saw every single level and every type of team possible.”


(File photo by Spencer Farrin)

Idaho now turns its attention toward the Big Sky Conference. The Vandals have 16 conference matches on the schedule.

“We will start fresh and see if we can take some of these things that we learned and move forward,” Buchanan said.

Idaho opens Big Sky play on Thursday at Northern Colorado at 6 p.m. PT. The UNC Bears feature junior outside hitter Kendra Cunningham, who last week was awarded the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after her performance in the Hampton Inn & Suites Northern Colorado Classic. Cunningham was named the MVP of the tournament.

The Vandals will stay on the road to take on North Dakota two days later. Idaho’s first home-conference match is set for Oct. 2 against Northern Arizona.

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