BYU women’s volleyball team refuses to give ISU claim on their house

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BYU women's volleyball team huddles together at the Smith Field House. The Cougars beat ISU 3-2. (Natalie Blothwell)
BYU women’s volleyball team huddles together at the Smith Field House. The Cougars beat ISU 3-2. (Natalie Blothwell)

BYU women’s volleyball gets to put a ‘W’ on their stats as the Cougars beat the Idaho State University Bengals in five sets at the Smith Fieldhouse.

“During those sets, it was a good learning experience for us,” Ciara Parker said. “Emotions were high because it’s the first game. I think we did a good job at managing our emotions.”

BYU won the first set 25-7 but every set after that was tight and nerve-racking. ISU won the second and third set 20-25 and 21-25. BYU won the last two sets, the fourth 25-14 and the fifth 15-12 taking the match 3-2.

The glue that held the team together as they fought for a win was their relentless defense with digs, blocking and powerful kills. Alexa Gray lead the game with 19 kills and Amy Boswell had 12 kills with seven blocks. Jaiden Achermann and Parker protected the court from ISU with 11 and 15 digs respectively.

“I thought I was pretty good. I don’t know. But I can’t do it without my teammates,” Gray said. “Volleyball is a team sport. I can’t do anything without my teammates.”

With another victory under their belts BYU is already thinking about the game against Oregon State this upcoming weekend.

“Oregon’s going to be a great team and we’ve got a target on our back,” Boswell said. “Every game is going to be a battle.”

Cougar fans can watch BYU play again this Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

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