The Idaho volleyball team came out of Bozeman Thursday night with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 sweep of Montana State.
With the win, Idaho goes to 12- 11 overall and 8- 3 in Big Sky Conference play.
“Our goal tonight was to establish the middle and the right side,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said in a statement after the game. “We thought we could score that way and I thought we did a good job of that. When we passed we were able to isolate instead of overload with some of the things we were trying.”
With the loss, Montana State falls to 4-19 overall, 1-10 in Big Sky play, but Bobcats coach Kyle Weindel was pleased with his team’s performance. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team competed,” he said in a statement after the game. “Idaho was my pick before the season to win the league and it is a very talented team. We competed very well.
“We’re points away from getting over the hump in sets and in matches,” Weindel said.
Idaho’s Alyssa Schultz and Ali Forde had 10 kills each. Schultz finished with a .667 hitting percentage on 15 attacks. Forde finished the night with a .526 percentage in 19 swings.
Setter Meredith Coba had 41 of Idaho’s 43 assists on the night, her third-best three-set performance of the season. She had totaled 47 and 43 assists in previous sweeps of Northern Arizona and Montana State.
On the defensive side for Idaho, Jenna Ellis had 14 digs and Katelyn Peterson had 12, finishing one kill shy of a double-double.
“Our numbers showed some good things as far as percentages and on defense,” Buchanan said. “I think for us as a team we are going to have to be a bit sharper than we were tonight going into our match on Saturday.”
The Vandals are in Missoula Saturday, taking on Montana, which has won three matches in a row. Idaho swept the Grizzlies earlier in the season at Memorial Gym in Moscow. The match will be streamed on watchbigsky.com at 6:00 p.m. PT and 7:00 p.m. MT.
In the race for the eight conference tournament slots, Idaho State leads the South Division with a league-best 10-1 conference record, while Idaho, North Dakota, and Northern Colorado are tied at the top of the North Division with 8-3 records.
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Posted October 31, 2014