SAN ANTONIO – The Idaho volleyball team advanced to its first Western Athletic Conference championship match in dramatic fashion.
The Vandals fought off three match points in the fifth set to rally for a 16-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 16-14 victory over Texas-San Antonio in the semifinals of the WAC tournament Tuesday.
Second-seeded Idaho will face fourth-seeded New Mexico State in today’s championship match, which airs on ESPNU at 2 p.m. and sends the winner to the NCAA tournament.
The Vandals and Aggies split their regular-season meetings, with Idaho sweeping NMSU in the regular-season finale Thursday in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Aggies swept top-seeded Utah State on Tuesday.
The Aggies had their first match point at 14-11 in the fifth set before Idaho scored the next five points for the victory.
UTSA helped start the comeback with two hitting errors, and Allison Baker finished it off with a kill, a block and another kill.
Baker finished the match with 29 kills, matching her career high, and added 19 digs and two blocks.
Taylor Wilkinson had 10 kills and five blocks and hit .400 for the match.