Idaho senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps is the national leader in receiving yards per game after totaling more than 100 yards for the third time in three games. Epps hauled in eight catches for 165 yards in the Vandals’ loss to defending Sun Belt Conference champion Georgia Southern Saturday night. He leads the country with an average of 154.7 receiving yards per game.
Idaho freshman goalie Amanda Poertner had six saves against the Weber State Wildcats Sunday in Ogden, Utah. She has made 23 saves over 392 scoreless minutes. The Vandals play Portland State at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Guy Wicks Field.
In Sunday’s game against the Weber State Wildcats, Idaho freshman forward Kayla Watanabe scored the only goal in the 1-0 Idaho win, helping the Vandals improve to 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference. After no points scored in the first half, Watanabe headed the ball into the goal in the 59th minute for her fourth goal of the season.
Although the Vandals fell in the fifth set of Saturday’s game against North Dakota, senior outside hitter Tineke Bierma set a career high with 20 kills to lead the Vandals. She’s the first Vandal to hit the 20-kill mark since Jessica Hastriter (23) and Katelyn Peterson (20) in 2013. The Vandals continue Big Sky Conference play against Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. Thursday in Flagstaff, Arizona. Idaho will go on to play Eastern Washington at 6 p.m. Saturday in Cheney, Washington.
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