Boise State Ends UI Jinx By Stopping Vandals In Five Games
Boise State snapped its 13-match losing streak to Idaho by defeating the visiting Vandals 15-9, 9-15, 13-15, 15-5, 15-12 Saturday in a Big West Conference matchup that drew a BSU record 1,333 fans.
The Broncos (13-6, 3-1) last defeated Idaho (8-8, 2-2) in 1991. BSU tied New Mexico State for first place in the Eastern Division.
The Broncos trailed the rally-scoring fifth game 6-3 when they took a timeout. Their rally began with two kills by Becky Meek.
BSU’s Becky Chilton had 15 kills and a .444 attack percentage, while Brandy Mamizuka added 55 assists, nine kills and 10 digs.
Jeri Hymas led the Vandals with 17 kills and a .318 attack percentage. Jessica Moore added 13 digs and 12 kills.
Washington State rebounded from its first loss of the year to defeat Arizona State 13-15, 15-10, 16-14, 15-6 in a Pacific-10 Conference match at Tempe, Ariz.
The sixth-ranked Cougars (17-1, 5-1) had attack percentages of .340 and .324 in the final two games.
WSU lost the opener with a .100 attack percentage. The Cougars have dropped first games in five of six Pac-10 matches.
WSU trailed the second game 8-4 before setter Stephanie Papke entered. The game’s final eight points went to WSU.
ASU served for the third game at 14-7, but the Cougars rallied on three Jennifer Canevari kills.
Canevari finished with 15 kills and 14 digs. Shannon Wyckoff added 16 digs and 10 kills, and Jennifer Stinson 12 kills and 10 digs for WSU, which lost to Arizona on Friday.
Terri Cox totaled 18 kills and 18 digs for the Sun Devils (10-6, 1-4).
NAIA 10th-ranked Puget Sound (12-2, 7-0) defeated Whitworth during a Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges mini-tournament at Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma.
Whitworth (3-10, 1-6) bounced back with a 15-11, 7-15, 15-6, 16-14 NCIC win over the host Lutes (8-6, 3-1).
Brenda Clinesmith had 42 digs, April Clark 32 assists and Brook Evans 18 kills for the Pirates on the day.