Vandals soaring in SkyThe Idaho Vandals reside in a new conference but they’re in familiar territory. Idaho (7-9, 3-1) is second in the Big Sky North. Idaho finished at .500 or better every season in the Big West from 2003-04 and in the WAC from 2005-2013. The Vandals visit Portland State and Sacramento State this week. “I think we are just starting to hit our groove,” coach Debbie Buchanan said after sweeping Eastern Washington on Friday. “That is kind of what we expected. I do not think we have peaked yet and I think that is pretty exciting.” EWU (5-12, 1-3) has dropped 10 of its last 11.
NotesWashington State (9-7, 0-4 Pac-12) faces its sixth consecutive ranked opponent when it visits No. 11 Oregon on Friday. Senior outside hitter Jaicee Harris is the fourth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She ranks in the top 10 in both categories. … Whitworth (11-4, 4-2 Northwest Conference) has a busy week with a road game tonight against Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston and conference home matches against George Fox on Friday and Lewis & Clark on Saturday. … North Idaho College (8-6, 2-2 Scenic West) entertains third-ranked College of Southern Idaho (22-1, 4-0) Saturday at 1. … Community Colleges of Spokane (18-10, 3-2 NWAC) entertains Columbia Basin tonight and Southern Idaho on Friday. … Baylor redshirt sophomore Sam Hill, a North Central High product, has 49 kills and 38 blocks. The 6-foot-3 middle blocker is a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.
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