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Weekend Volleyball recap: California dreamin’

3 Sep

Argonaut | File photo

The Vandals hit the state of California dreaming of wins, and were left completely blanked. Not the kind of momentum the Vandal ladies were looking for before facing powerhouses UCLA and Hawaii next weekend at the Hawaii Volleyball Tournament.

Here is our write-up from the Argonaut.

Kevin Bingaman


After a solid start to the season at home the Vandal volleyball team stubled in its first road trip of the season, dropping three straight over the weekend.

The Vandals came into the weekend  with a 2-1 record and the momentum of beating rival Washington State, but that was shortlived when the Vandals fell to Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, Northeastern and Cal State Northridge. Continue reading

Idaho close in on second

11 Nov

Kevin Bingaman/Argonaut

Photo courtesy: Spencer Farrin/Idaho athletic media relations

Vandal volleyball boosted its chance for a second place finish in the WAC with a 3-1 victory over Fresno State Thursday.

The win completes the Vandals’ season sweep over the Bulldogs and brings their recent win count to eight of the last 10 matches. The Vandals are still behind New Mexico State for second in the conference as the Aggies won their match 3-0 at San Jose State Thursday. Second place in the conference and a first round bye in the WAC tournament will come down to Saturday’s games.

The Vandals take on Nevada, who they beat earlier in the year, while the Aggies face No. 6 Hawaii, which is unbeaten in conference play this season. Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said she likes her team’s focus.

“They’re locked in,” Buchanan said. “They’ve got goals right now and obviously they want this to happen. We’re in the position to do it, but we can’t overlook the fact that Nevada is a good team, they’re at home and they’re doing some good things right now. “

Idaho took the first set of the night, but fell in the second. Then came back to win the next two and take the match, but every set was decided by five points or less. Buchanan said her team’s performance at pivotal points was key.

“We got better as the match went on,” Buchanan said. “We didn’t start out the match passing particularly well, but we made key plays when we needed them for sure. We definitely kept them out of system the last couple games and they couldn’t run what they wanted to.”

Buchanan said the team is still committing more errors than she would like, but has the ability to fight back from a point deficit,

“We’re still making our errors, but I feel like they’re locking in and making adjustments better than we did early on,” Buchanan said. “That’s the difference right now. When things get tight or even when we’re down they’re working their way back and they’re fighting through it.”

Senior Alicia Milo and sophomore Allison Walker  had solid performances for Idaho. Walker totaled 17 kills while Milo was right behind her with 15.

“We were able to clamp down some at times,” Buchanan said. “Typically we’ve been blocking pretty well. We served a little tougher and kept them out of system to where they could only set the outside or the back row a lot of times, and then we were able to transition and get our middles involved and as a team we just played better as the match went on.”

The big question coming into the last stretch of the season was could Idaho play well enough on the road, after struggling through most of the season, to keep its high position. So far the Vandals have done just that and are one win away from possibly clinching a coveted second place berth in the tournament.

Vandals sweep Techsters

27 Oct

Photo courtesy of Zach Edwards

Story by Kevin Bingaman


The Vandal volleyball team continued to dominate at home Thursday night when they beat La. Tech in straight sets.

The Vandals (12-11, 6-4 WAC) completed the season sweep over La. Tech (9-17, 0-9 WAC) with the win and snapped a two-match losing streak. La. Tech continued to struggle, remaining winless in conference play. Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said it was an important win for her team.

“This was a huge win for us for a lot of reasons,” Buchanan said. “We want to solidify our spot in the WAC. We felt like we backed off this weekend. We struggled against San Jose State. That’s a loss that we think will hurt us.”

The Bulldogs hung in with Idaho through all three sets, keeping things close throughout the match, but each time Idaho was able to overcome La. Tech’s surges. Junior setter Ryann Carter said it wasn’t the best team performance, but a win is a win.

“I thought we could have done some things different,” Carter said. “I don’t think it’s bad, we did what we know we can do. We need to bring it even harder on Saturday.”

As well as Idaho has played at home, the road has continued to cause issues for the Vandals this season. The Vandals are currently third in the WAC and will have to find a way to get things done on the road if they want to keep that high position at their last three away matches.

With the win, Buchanan became Idaho’s all-time wins leader with 175, passing Tom Hilbert for the most. Buchanan said it’s an honor to have accomplished the feat.

“It’s an honor,” Buchanan said. “It’s really about the program and the kids. It’s a great honor along the way. It’s not anything like ‘oh I have to reach this,’ but it’s an honor.”

The Vandals will be back in Memorial Gym for their last home match of the season this Saturday when they play New Mexico State. The Aggies are currently second in the WAC. Carter said it’s going to be a highly emotional match that the team badly wants to win.

“At the beginning there’s going to be a lot of emotion,” Carter said. “I consider them (New Mexico State) one of our bigger rivals. They’re a tough team so we want it.

Volleyball unable to finish in Las Cruces

30 Sep

Theo Lawson

Photo by Zach Edwards

Despite winning a decisive second set, the Idaho volleyball team came up short Thursday night in Las Cruces against WAC foe New Mexico State. The Vandals dropped the first set 18-25, dominated in the second 25-14 but were unable to finish in the third and fourth losing 22-25 and 23-25.

Idaho, now 1-2 in the WAC and 6-9 overall, were led by two double-double performances, one from sophomore Allison Walker, who had 14 kills and 10 digs and the other coming from Jenny Feicht, who had 32 assists and 10 digs.

A dramatic third set saw six ties and four-lead changes. After the hosts allowed the Vandals four consecutive points, and the score sat at 24-23, NMSU were able to close out the set victory. Idaho competed in the fourth set and closed another gap to come within one point once again, but at 23-22, the Aggies would clinch the final two points and second WAC win of the season.

“This one is on us,” coach Debbie Buchanan said. “We outplayed New Mexico State in a lot of ways. We just committed too many errors. The one game  we won we only gave up five errors, but we’ve got to be better and we need to have a higher expectation. We’ve played at a high level for the last three months. Hopefully we learned something from this and we get better. There’s no way that we’re going to win when our outsides have 32 kills but 24 errors. That’s not going to win matches.”

The Vandals close out their two-game roadtrip Saturday in Ruston, La., when they square off with another WAC opponent, Louisiana Tech. The match starts at 12:00 P.T.



Photo Gallery: Vandal Volleyball falls to Cal Poly

10 Sep

The University of Idaho volleyball team fell to Cal Poly in their home opener and Argonaut photographer Kate Kucharzyk provides us a visual look at the game for those who couldn’t make it. Kudos to Kate for sharing them with us.

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Good Morning Vandal Nation: Nov. 24, 2009

24 Nov

It’s a snow-covered morning here in Moscow. Yesterday was our recovery day from the Fargo trip, but we’ve got a lot in store for you today, including a preview of tonight’s Idaho/Sacramento State hoops game and video interviews with Vandal players.

Last night ended the Vandals’ volleyball season on a disappointing note, as Idaho was upset by Boise State in the opening round of the WAC Volleyball Tournament, 3-1.

This evening, Idaho opens its home hoops season against the Hornets at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym. We’ll have Vandal Nation Live courtside coverage starting at 6:30.

Now for the links!


  • Utah State is finally at home, taking on the Idaho State Bengals and looking to get their season back on track after road losses to Utah and Northeastern. For the serious take, Shawn Harrison of the Logan Herald-Journal has a game preview. For the irreverent take, there’s The Refraction.


Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Nov. 17, 2009

17 Nov

We’re slightly belated today by a couple interviews and projects in the hopper this morning, so let’s get right to your links.


  • I’ve got an Argonaut game story on the Vandals’ opening victory at Utah, but the lede got butchered in the editing process. The opening should read: Utah Utes coach Jim Boylen told the media Friday night’s game between his squad and Don Verlin’s Idaho Vandals was “Idaho’s Super Bowl.” If that’s so, then give the Vandals the Lombardi Trophy right now.


Other sports

Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 28, 2009

28 Oct

Slow day other than the links, so let’s get to them:




Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 27, 2009

27 Oct

Morning breaks with the news that the Idaho/Boise State game is under consideration for ESPN’s College GameDay. The Idaho Statesman reports that Idaho needs to win at least one — and preferably both — of its games between now and Nov. 14. The good news? Both are at home. The bad news? Fresno State comes to town in two weeks with one of the nation’s most dangerous rushers.

With that, here’s today’s links:






    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 25, 2009

    25 Oct

    RENO, Nev. — It’s postmortem morning in Vandal Nation, as we wait for our Southwest bird home. There’s no shortage of discussion of what went wrong in the Vandals’ 70-45 drubbing at the hands of Nevada.



    Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Oct. 20, 2009

    20 Oct

    Our usual morning roundup was delayed today by the Western Athletic Conference Preseason Basketball Teleconference. We’ll have a quoteboard and notes from that event later on.

    The Idaho Vandals were picked fourth across the board in the preseason basketball polls — men’s and women’s, coaches and media. That’s a far cry from the last-place predictions last year, and it says much about the quantum leap forward Idaho’s hoops programs have made.

    Let’s get right to the links, because there’s a ton of them:


    Men’s basketball


    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 19, 2009

    19 Oct

    Vandal Nation is waking up to a reality it hasn’t experienced since 1999: Idaho is bowl-eligible after defeating Hawaii on Saturday.

    The stats are pretty stunning: a 6-1 overall record and a conference-leading 3-0 record in the WAC. Running back DeMaundray Woolridge is ranked seventh in the nation in scoring and quarterback Nathan Enderle is 18th nationally in passing efficiency. (Thanks to SID extraordinaire Spencer Farrin for those stats.)

    Vandal defensive end Aaron Lavarias earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after a four-tackle, two-sack day that included a forced fumble on the second sack, leading to Idaho’s game-clinching touchdown. Lavarias is the sixth Idaho player so honored this season, equaling the Vandals’ Player of the Week total for the last three years.

    Also, this isn’t WAC news, but it’s worthy of your attention nonetheless: Montana Grizzlies football coach Bobby Hauck is freezing out student journalists. He’s belittled them, sworn at them and refused to speak to them — all because they had the gall to report the truth about his team.

    There’s a lot of talk about Idaho — look what happens when you win a few games — so let’s get to your morning links:


    Men’s basketball



    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 13, 2009

    13 Oct

    Brrrrr… the weather outside says it’s getting to be basketball season on the Palouse. Hoops practice begins Friday.

    Posting will be a bit sporadic today — we’ve got a couple big interviews to work on.

    But as always, here’s your morning dose of Western Athletic Conference news and notes.


    • I’ve got a feature story on Max Komar, a kid who started as a walk-on, endured the years of futility and is now the leading receiver on a winning football team. Click here for the Web-only unedited Q&A.
    • Vandal defensive back linebacker Tre’Shawn Robinson was officially reprimanded by the WAC after being ejected from the SJSU game for throwing a punch. ESPN.com’s Graham Watson has the story.

    Men’s basketball

    Continue reading

    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 9, 2009

    9 Oct

    It’s everyone’s favorite WAC wake-up call, and this Friday day-before-gameday edition is chock-full-o-links. But first, a few housekeeping items.

    Vandal Nation will have a reduced posting schedule this weekend. I will be out of state to celebrate the life of my grandmother, and necessarily my attention is focused on personal matters.

    We’ll have complete WAC game previews this afternoon, and we will try to have a Vandal Gameday post tomorrow morning, with perhaps a quick game recap in the evening. Better Know a Foe will take the week off.

    With hoops practice set to start next week, our Western Athletic Conference basketball preview coverage will begin in earnest. This weekend, we’ll round out our hoops class rankings by looking at the league’s top freshmen. We’ll reveal our Preseason All-WAC ballot on Monday and begin a daily Preview Countdown in predicted order of finish, from worst to first.

    Remember, it’s Vandal Spirit Friday, so wear your Vandal gear!

    Let’s get to the links:


    Men’s basketball

    • As we reported last night, Idaho’s home rivalry game against Boise State on Jan. 25 will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

    Women’s soccer


    Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Oct. 4, 2009

    4 Oct

    It was a night of redemption in the Kibbie Dome for the Idaho Vandals and their fans, who stormed the field to celebrate together in a moment of collective catharsis.

    The Vandals (4-1, 1-0 WAC) charged back from a 14-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the Colorado State Rams, 31-29, in front of a sellout crowd of 16,000. It’s a program-defining win that firmly establishes Idaho as a contender in the Western Athletic Conference and brings within reach the team’s first bowl berth since 1998.

    Click here to view a replay of our live play-by-play coverage.

    It’s been a great weekend for Idaho sports — on Friday, the women’s soccer team handed Louisiana Tech its first defeat of the season in Ruston, La. and earlier Saturday, the volleyball team opened at home with a 5-set victory over Fresno State with 1,401 fans in Memorial Gym. Today, the soccer team plays New Mexico State. Live stats are available here.

    We’ll have more thoughts and reactions throughout the day, but let’s get right to the day’s links:


    • Sandra Kelly of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News has her take on the game, focusing on Shiloh Keo’s game-sealing defensive plays.

    Men’s basketball

    Women’s soccer



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