"We did good things tonight," head coach Debby Baker said after the match. "We did a good job blocking, but we just seemed to lack energy on the floor."
SUU fell behind in both the first and second set as Idaho State opened with runs of 7-0 and 5-0, respectively. The runs proved to be the difference maker in each set as the Thunderbirds actually out scored the Bengals the rest of the way, 19-18 in the first and 22-20 in the second.
Southern Utah recorded the highest hitting percentage of the night in the third set, averaging a .227 clip (7-2-22), but were unable to comeback from Bengal runs that kept ISU up by at least three following a 3-3 deadlock early in the frame. Back-to-back kills by the Bengals finalized the match for Idaho State 25-20.
Freshman Ann Clappier, a Pocatello, Idaho native, led the Thunderbirds offensively for the first time in 2013 with eight kills and finished third on the team with six blocks. Taylor Heine led the T-Bird block for the second consecutive match with nine (1 BS, 8 BA) and was followed closely by Annie Stradling with eight (1 BS, 7 BA) as the team finished with a season-high 17. Sariah Pelaez led the team with 11 digs.
Southern Utah will be back in action on Tuesday night as the Thunderbirds host UNLV at 7:00 p.m. The match will mark the end of the T-Birds' three-match home stand. Live stat and live video links will be available online at www.suutbirds.com.