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Vandals hold on for volleyball win vs. UNLV

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LAS VEGAS - The University of Idaho volleyball team survived a sluggish performance in set two and rallied for a four-set victory over host UNLV at the Alexis Park Classic.

Idaho (4-1) won 25-22 in the first set but dropped set two 25-23. After the break, the Vandals rebounded for dominating wins of 25-16 and 25-11 in the final two sets. UNLV dropped to 1-3 on the season.

"We set a goal of being a better defensive team today and we accomplished that," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "Our serving and passing were much improved from yesterday and it was great to get Kelsey Taylor going in this match. We talked to the players at the break about not taking a point off and they responded in a good way."

Taylor led the Vandals with 14 kills and a .520 hitting percentage; both career highs. She finished with just one error in 25 attempts and added five blocks. Sarah Conwell tallied 11 kills while Debbie Pederson, Anna McKinney and Alicia Milo each added seven. As a team, Idaho hit .248 for the match and totaled eight service aces.

Defensively, three Vandals tallied double-digits for digs as Meredith Rice and Jennifer Feicht totaled 13 each and Katie Tribley added 11. Idaho held a 14-4 advantage in blocks and held the Rebels to just .111 hitting for the match.

"We are doing some great things right now and this is another good win for us. We are getting a little better with each match and improving on some of the little things that will continue to make us a better team," Buchanan said.

Idaho jumped to a 13-4 lead in set one, but UNLV fought back to tie the score at 16-16. The Rebels took the lead twice and the score was tied on three occasions before the Vandals pulled out the 25-22 victory. Set two feature seven ties and five lead changes. Idaho held a 22-20 lead, however the Rebels scored five of the next six points for to even the match. The Vandals never trailed or were tied in either set three or four as they allowed the Rebels to score just 27 total points.

The Vandals face a tough test vs. #9 UCLA Saturday (Sept. 5) at 4:30 p.m.

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