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The Idaho volleyball team looks to get back on the winning side when it hosts Eastern Washington on Friday for Homecomin...
09/29/2022

The Idaho volleyball team looks to get back on the winning side when it hosts Eastern Washington on Friday for Homecoming. The match starts at 5 p.m. PT.

Idaho (3-11) is coming off a pair of conference losses last week against Sacramento State (3-1) and Montana (3-0).

Kate Doorn has totaled 283 assists and is averaging the 10th most assists per set in the Big Sky with 6.74. She has tallied 25+ assists in five matches so far this season.

Outside hitter Taryn Vrieling is leading the team in kills (109), kills per set (2.80) and points per set (3.23).

Big Sky Conference notes:

* Portland State’s Madison Friebel was chosen as the Big Sky Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after her performance for the Vikings this past weekend. The junior recorded a grand total of 91 assists with an average of 11.38 assists per set.

* Montana State’s Lauren Lindseth was named Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Bobcats with a 2-0 weekend. She had a total of 43 digs, and now tops the conference leaderboard for digs per set with 6.14 per set counting only Big Sky matches.

* Sacramento State leads the conference in service aces per set with a total of 103, averaging 1.81 per set.

* Northern Colorado’s Syd Cole leads the conference in assists per set averaging 10.67, with a total of 544 assists. Cole is
currently ranked 18th in the nation for the same category.

The Idaho Vandals continued their impressive season this past weekend and are sitting at 7-1-2 with a .800 winning perce...
09/29/2022

The Idaho Vandals continued their impressive season this past weekend and are sitting at 7-1-2 with a .800 winning percentage overall. They are 4-0-1 at home and 3-1-1 on the road.

Idaho, Eastern Washington and Portland State have all started league play at 2-0.

The Vandals hit the road for three in a row, beginning Friday at 2 p.m. PT at Montana before traveling to Northern Colorado for a game on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT and then on to Northern Arizona on October 9.

Big Sky Conference notes:

* Eastern Washington’s Gillian Martin (Offensive) and Idaho’s Kira Witte (Defensive) earned Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors for their efforts while going 2-0.

* The second weekend of Big Sky play will begin on Thursday, when Northern Arizona travels to Ogden to play the Weber State at 7 p.m. MT. This is NAU’s first Big Sky match.

* The 2022 Big Sky Soccer Tournament will be played on the campus of Northern Colorado for the second-straight season as teams travel to Greeley, Colorado on Nov. 2-6 to battle it out for the conference championship.

(Idaho Athletics photo)

It's Homecoming, and the Vandals are hosting Northern Colorado Saturday at 6 p.m. PT at the Kibbie Dome. Both teams are ...
09/29/2022

It's Homecoming, and the Vandals are hosting Northern Colorado Saturday at 6 p.m. PT at the Kibbie Dome.

Both teams are 2-2 on the season.

Idaho is coming off a 27-10 win over Northern Arizona last week.

Gevani McCoy threw for 184 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-20 passing. The Vandal defense was also crucial in the Big Sky Conference opener, as Idaho held NAU to just 52 yards rushing and without any points in the second half.

Idaho has eight takeaways to just two turnovers on the season, which is good enough for the fifth-best turnover margin in the FCS. The Vandals have already matched the takeaway number from a season ago.

Big Sky Conferences notes:

* Montana State and UC Davis will battle it out on ESPNU this Saturday night.

* Montana’s defense tops the Big Sky in total defense (212.8 ypg), scoring defense (9.2 ppg), pass defense (132.0) and rush defense (80.8), while ranking in the Top 10 nationally for all four categories.

* After going undefeated in non-conference action to open the year, Sacramento State is 3-0 for the first time since 1992.

* Eastern Washington’s game at Florida this weekend has been moved to Sunday, Oct. 2, due to Hurricane Ian.

(Idaho Athletics photo)

The Idaho women's golf team shot a 290 in the final round to jump two spots on the leaderboard and finish 15th at the Re...
09/28/2022

The Idaho women's golf team shot a 290 in the final round to jump two spots on the leaderboard and finish 15th at the Red Sky Classic this week in Wolcott, Colorado.

Idaho shot rounds of 304, 313, and 290.

Vicky Tsai led the Vandals with a 217 over the three rounds and tied for 13th overall.

Yvonne Vinceri shot a 227, Nattavadee Khunsri shot a 229; Jenna Bruggeman shot a 236, and Boram Jung shot 238.

The field included 20-teams, including Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West, West Coast Conference, and Big Sky Conference schools. Pepperdine won the tournament.

(Idaho Athletics, file photo)

Joe Sykes carded a third-round four-under 67 to lead the Vandal men's golf team to the title at the SIUE Dolenc Invitati...
09/28/2022

Joe Sykes carded a third-round four-under 67 to lead the Vandal men's golf team to the title at the SIUE Dolenc Invitational Tuesday at the Gateway Golf Links in Illinois.

“We rose to the challenge this week and bounced back when we struggled. The resiliency was a big difference between us and other teams,” coach David Nuhn said.

Idaho came in at 865 to take the team championship by two shots over Weber State.

The Vandals had four players in the top 13 of the tournament field.

The tournament team win is the first for the Vandals since capturing the Big Sky title in 2016.

(Idaho Athletics photo)

Idaho goalkeeper Kira Witte won her second Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season after setting a care...
09/27/2022

Idaho goalkeeper Kira Witte won her second Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season after setting a career-high of 10 saves. Witte hit the mark against Weber State.

The Vandal keeper also recorded two more saves against Idaho State. She helped the Vandals with a 2-0 start in conference play.

(Vandal Athletics photo)

Vandal sports headlines:* At the Barb Chandler Tennis Classic in Boise on Sunday, BSU's Ana Conde Vendrell defeated Idah...
09/26/2022

Vandal sports headlines:

* At the Barb Chandler Tennis Classic in Boise on Sunday, BSU's Ana Conde Vendrell defeated Idaho's Lena Beckx 6-2, 6-0 in one of the singles championships, and BSU's Shauna Heffernan defeated Idaho's Selin Sepken 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in the other, a match that lasted nearly three hours.

* Men's tennis competed this weekend at the Bedford Cup in the Mountains, an Intercollegiate Tennis Association sanctioned event hosted by the US Air Force Academy.

* The Vandal men's golf team takes to the course Monday at the Gateway National Golf Links in Madison, Ill., for the SIUE Dolenc Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois Edwardsville.

* Idaho women's golf travels to Vail Colorado for the Golfweek Red Sky Classic this week. The field includes 20-teams, including Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West, West Coast Conference, Big Sky Conference schools .

(Idaho Athletics photo)

Kylie Hummel scored just before halftime and Kira Witte earned her eighth consecutive shutout as the Idaho women's socce...
09/26/2022

Kylie Hummel scored just before halftime and Kira Witte earned her eighth consecutive shutout as the Idaho women's soccer team defeated Idaho State 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the Kibbie Dome.

The Vandals (7-1-2, 2-0) remain in first place in the Big Sky Conference standings.

It was a very physical first half between the in-state rivals, as both teams racked up seven fouls.

The match remained scoreless through the first 44 minutes. Then, Maddy Lasher found Hummel open 30-yards out from the goal, and Hummel shot a rocket off the keeper's hands for the score.

Idaho outshot the Bengals 11-4, including a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Makenzie Burks and Jadyn Hanks each had three shots apiece.

The Vandals hit the road for three matches in a row, starting Friday at Montana.

The Idaho Vandals were swept by the Montana Griz in women's volleyball action Saturday night in Missoula, 3-0, in front ...
09/25/2022

The Idaho Vandals were swept by the Montana Griz in women's volleyball action Saturday night in Missoula, 3-0, in front of nearly 700 boisterous fans at Dahlberg Arena.

Scores: 21-25, 14-25, 16-25.

Madison Wilson had 8 kills on the night, while Taryn Vrieling and Olivia Gloeckner each had 7.

Kate Doorn had 18 assists. Aine Doty had 10 of Idaho's 34 digs.

With the loss, Idaho falls to 3-11 on the season, 0-2 in Big Sky play.

The Vandals will regroup and get ready for Homecoming Weekend, when they host Eastern Washington on Sep. 30 at Memorial Gym.

The match against Eastern Washington on Friday is an early start-- 5 p.m.-- as the Homecoming Serpentine is at 8 p.m., the bonfire is at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks are at 9:15 p.m. that night.

(Idaho Athletics photo)

The Vandals opened Big Sky Conference play with a 27-10 win over Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on Saturday."The kids bat...
09/25/2022

The Vandals opened Big Sky Conference play with a 27-10 win over Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on Saturday.

"The kids battled, they competed," Idaho coach Jason Eck said after the game on the Vandal Radio Network. "I thought our defense really responded in the second half...to shut them out in the second half was awesome to see."

Tommy McCormick had seven tackles and an interception while Fa'Avae Fa'Avae again led the team with eight tackles.

Quarterback Gevani McCoy was 18-20 for 184 yards and another touchdown.

"Gevani played really, really well," Eck said. "Was very accurate, he did a good job scrambling and getting away from sacks."

Jermaine Jackson caught five passes for 96 yards and had one punt return for 28 yards. Michael Graves had five catches for 50 yards. Hayden Hatten had five receptions for 49 yards and had one pass to Jackson for 30 yards.

Roshaun Johnson carried the ball 25 times for 85 yards and two scores while Anthony Woods had 84 yards on 18 carries.

Idaho controlled the clock for 41:28 and racked up 24 first downs. The Vandals tallied 399 yards of offense.

Idaho hosts Northern Colorado Saturday at 6 p.m. PT in the Kibbie Dome for Homecoming and Ag Days. Both teams are 2-2 after UNC's 35-14 win over Idaho State.

(Idaho Athletics photo)

The Idaho cross country women finished 10th and the Idaho men were 14 at the 36 annual Roy Griak Invite, hosted by the U...
09/24/2022

The Idaho cross country women finished 10th and the Idaho men were 14 at the 36 annual Roy Griak Invite, hosted by the University of Minnesota on Friday.

"A big time meet, tons of nationally ranked teams," assistant coach Travis Floeck said after the meet in a video posted on the program's Twitter feed. "That's part of the reason that we come here, is the exposure, being in a big field like this, a really competitive field."

Kelsey Swenson led the Vandal women with a 6k time of 21:12.8 to finish 8th overall. Maya Kobylanski followed 16 seconds behind in 24th place at 21:28.8.

"We were right on the heels of some really competitive teams," Floeck said. "The host school beating us by just two points."

Tim Stevens led the men in the 8k, placing 48th with a time of 25:10.3. Lorenz Herrmann followed 10 seconds behind in 60th at 25:20.1.

"We had a really good day," Floeck said. "It was really good experience. I think it's going to make us a lot better."

Next up: the Vandals will compete at the LC State Invitational in Lewiston on Saturday, Oct. 8.

(Idaho Athletics photo)

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