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Vandals No Match for BYU at Varney's Invitational

BYU beat Idaho in three sets at the Varney's Invitational tournament in Kansas on Friday morning (Photo: FILE / Univ. of Idaho Athletics) BYU beat Idaho in three sets at the Varney's Invitational tournament in Kansas on Friday morning (Photo: FILE / Univ. of Idaho Athletics)

by Univ. of Idaho Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Idaho volleyball team was outperformed by BYU at the Varney's Invitational hosted by Kansas State Friday morning, as the Cougars rolled to 25-16; 25-17 and 25-21 set victories to top the Vandals 3-0.

The Vandals' offense never got off the ground as Idaho (1-3) hit just .027 in the match with 30 kills and 27 errors on 112 attempts. Meanwhile, BYU (3-2) hit .225 with 37 kills and 14 errors on 102 attempts.

"We struggled passing a little bit," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "When you can't pass the ball you have to be able to go to your outsides, and when we did that we just had a lot of errors. We have to take care of things on our side of the net right now, and we didn't pass, and we really struggled with hitting the ball. It was a lack of composure on our side, which is unacceptable. Even BYU struggled with passing, they were just able to swing and get the ball in the court."

Allison Walker had nine kills and four digs for Idaho, marking the first time this season she didn't finish with a double-double. Alicia Milo had seven kills, Alyssa Schultz had six, and Alex Sele and Julia Church each had four for Idaho.

Jenny Feicht had 19 assists and six digs in two sets for Idaho, and Ryann Carter tallied seven assists playing in one set. Cassie Hamilton added 16 digs for the Vandals.

Three attack errors by Idaho early in the first game aided an early 4-0 BYU lead, and the Vandals trailed throughout as BYU closed the game on a 6-2 run to win 25-16. Idaho battled throughout the first half of game two, but the Cougars broke a 12-12 tie with a 6-0 run and cruised to the 25-17 victory. A 7-0 BYU run midway through game three gave the Cougars a 20-10 advantage. And while Idaho battled back to pull within two at 23-21, it wasn't enough as BYU completed the sweep with a 25-21 victory.

"There were just strings of points given up over and over," Buchanan said. "We would earn four points and then give up five. We would earn three points and give up four. It was just that type of volleyball match."

The Vandals had a season-high five service aces in the match, including two from Hamilton.

Idaho will face Kansas State at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) Friday before closing out the tournament against Georgia Southern Saturday at 8 a.m.

"K-State is doing some good things, they've got good hitters in all spots," Buchanan said. "They're not as big but they're powerful. We've got to take care of the ball on our side of the net."

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