|Closing out the Spring|
MOSCOW, Idaho—Idaho began its sixth and final week of spring practice on Monday. The Vandals down to nine available players have one final spring tune-up on Saturday at Memorial Gym.
Idaho traveled across the Washington border to Gonzaga on Saturday. The shorthanded Vandals played four two-set matches against Gonzaga, Central Washington, Seattle U and Western Washington.
“Overall it was one of our better [tournaments],” head coach Debbie Buchanan said. “If you look at it from top to bottom we slit every round except for Gonzaga. We played Gonzaga really tough. If you look at the errors we are creating, they are errors that can be fixed.
The Vandal offense combined for a .325 hitting percentage across the four matches. Sophomore Sarah Sharp has been strong all spring for Idaho on the outside. As the 2016 season approaches she will be one of the young offensive keys for the Vandals. Junior Becca Mau and sophomore DeVonne Ryter are the only other outside hitters available this spring that saw key playing time last year. Redshirt freshman Paige Rupiper and sophomore Casey Kline have been added to the mix this spring. Kline saw limited action last season. Klaree Hobart, a transfer from Blue Mountain Community College, joined the team this semester.
“We are definitely gaining confidence and trust throughout,” Buchanan added. “We have got a new setter. We have new pieces and we are still going to have to put another six people in the mix when we hit the fall.”
Saturday’s tournament information will be announced as soon as the field is set. Check with GoVandals.com and follow the Vandals on Twitter and Instagram @IdahoVolleyball for the most up to date news.