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  • Thunderbird Volleyball Falls in Three Sets to Idaho State
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 09/22/13 - 08:14 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - Southern Utah University women's volleyball had a better hitting percentage and more blocks, but couldn't overcome big opening runs by Idaho State, falling to the Bengals 3-0 at home on Saturday night. The loss drops the T-Birds' record to 2-9 on the year and 1-1 in Big Sky Conference play. Idaho State moved to 7-6 and 1-1 in conference with the win.

    "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.

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