Bryan Cole / The Collegian
Bulldogs lose in straight sets to Idaho at Save Mart Center, fall to 2-4 in WAC
The Bulldogs scored first in all three sets, but late runs by the Vandals led to Idaho sweeping Fresno State in Saturday afternoonâ€™s volleyball game at the Save Mart Center.
Idaho dropped Fresno Stateâ€™s conference record to 2-4 and its overall record to 5-10 by winning all set matches by scores of 25-20, 25-21, and 25-20.
â€œSometimes we get down, and we let them get on runs, and we need to stop doing that,â€ Lauren Berger said, who finished the game with six kills.
The Vandals trailed 5-4 in set one before rallying to take a nine-point lead at 18-9. Idaho also overcame early deficits in sets two and three and led by no more than 10 points throughout each set, despite Fresno State scoring first to start each match.
â€œTheyâ€™re a good team. From our standpoint, they took care of their first-ball contact better than we did. They had better ball control,â€ coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said.
Freshman Baylee Platt led the team in kills with nine Saturday. She is second on the team with 141 kills for the year.
â€œI just played hard and I tried to help out the team and tried to keep the ball in place,â€ Platt said.
Junior Allanah Munson had a double-double with 13 digs and 24 assists.
Munson believes with her coach that Idaho was one of the toughest conference opponents theyâ€™ll face this year.
â€œThereâ€™s still Hawaii and New Mexico State on the top, but Idaho is up there with them,â€ Munson said. â€œThey competed really well, but I think we competed pretty good too.â€
Munson and Platt were the main reasons why the Bulldogs stayed with Idaho throughout the whole game. Both were consistent with their kills and assists in all three sets.
Netherby-Sewell had high praise for both players after the game.
â€œAllanah works hard for us every day,â€ Netherby-Sewell said. â€œMainly what she brings is that competitive attitude. She fights the whole match. Baylee is going to get there. She doesnâ€™t have a lot of experience, but when she is in a good position to hit sheâ€™s a terminating hitter, and thatâ€™s good to have.â€
Platt helped get the Bulldogs on a 5-0 run late in set one to cut the Idaho lead to 18-13 before the Vandals pulled away.
In set two, the Vandals broke a 2-2 tie and had the biggest lead in the game at 16-6. Munson, Platt and Clarke helped spark a late rally to cut the Idaho lead to two at 19-17 before the Vandals held on for the victory in the second game.
The Bulldogs led 12-8 in the final set, but the Vandals tied the game at 15 and finished off the sweep of Fresno State with a 25-20 victory.
Fresno State has 10 games remaining against Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opponents this season. Then itâ€™s the WAC tournament at Hawaii in November.
â€œWe need to keep working on our consistency,â€ Munson said. â€œWeâ€™re just working to really keep coming together.â€
Fresno State has a week off before taking on Nevada on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
The Wolf Pack has won the last five meetings.