MANOA, Hawaii – Multiple errors prevent the Vandals from earning their first win of the season against Wichita State as the Shockers defeated Idaho 3-0 to put them in unfamiliar territory in the new season.
Much like yesterday against Oregon State, the Vandals were unable to reach a .200 hitting percentage as they’re only able to reach .114. However, the team fought all game especially the second set.
The set started off with back-to-back kills from Sarah Sharp and freshmen DeVonne Ryter out of Seodna, Arizona to put the Vandals in the lead. Ryter led the team with nine kills and a .429 hitting percentage in an impressing showing against the Shockers. She also led the team aces and blocks.
Both teams fought back and forth up until both tied 20 apiece when Becca Mau scored with a kill. However, the Shockers would score the next three points until a service error on Wichita State helped the Vandals along with a kill from Katelyn Peterson kept the deficit down to one. It wasn’t enough to win the set as the Shockers won 25-22. Three out of the last five points from the Shockers were as a result of attack errors.
Idaho were unable to capitalized in the final set, with Wichita State leading all the way to victory with a 25-18 set win to sweep the Vandals.
As a result of three straight sweeps this weekend, Idaho are off to their worst start since the 2006 season where they lost their first nine games that season.
Shockers Emily Hiebert led the match with 30 set assists out of the team’s 38. The Vandals had 33 with Meredith Coba earning 14 of them.
The Vandals will try to look for their first win of the season this upcoming weekend as it’s hosting the Idaho Volleyball Classic. Their first match starts this Friday at 7 p.m. against Seattle U at Memorial Gym.