Volleyball Match Notes: Utah Valley Invitational

Bengals Head into Utah Invitational with Victory Fresh on their Minds

Redshirt Paige Palmer records career high 23 digs in victory over Lamar

Sept. 8, 2008

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Idaho State captured its first victory of the season against Lamar and gained experience at the Best Western Shocker Classic as it competed against top programs. The Bengals will travel to Orem, Utah to compete in the Utah Valley Invitational, the last tournament before the regular season, against North Texas and Utah Valley in a double-header September 13, that kicks off Saturday afternoon.

About Idaho State
The Bengals have recorded 267 kills this season with an average of 9.89 per game. ISU is three kill attempts short of 1,000 for the season. The Bengals have recorded 39.5 total blocks with 369 being block assists as well as posting 32 aces. Leading the season for kills is Emily Beardmore with 67, Karissa Legaux for assists with 117 and Paige Palmer for digs with 119. ISU leads the Big Sky Conference in total attempts in three games with 124.

All-Tournament Honors
Redshirt Junior Paige Palmer was honored with her All-Tournament Team selection at the Best Western Shocker Classic hosted by Wichita State. Palmer recorded 43 digs over the course of the tournament to lead the Bengals defensive line. Palmer recorded a tournament high of 23 digs against the Cardinals as well as one service ace and one assist. The 23 digs marks a career high for Palmer. The defensive specialist posted 43 digs over the course of the tournament as well as 3 service aces, one kill and two assists. Palmer recorded her kill against Wichita State where she also posted 10 digs.

About North Texas
North Texas holds a 1-5 record and comes off a third place finish at the Oral Roberts Classic where the Mean Green dropped a 3-0 decision to Tulsa and Oral Roberts and fell in a five set game to Fordham.

North Texas posts an attack percentage of .117 and is led by Roxana Casvean who has posted a team high 51 kills this season. Casvean has also recorded a team high in service aces with eight. Marelle Lempmets leads the team with 176 assists. North Texas is coming off a four-game losing streak and has posted a 1-3 three game record and a 0-2 five game record.

About Utah Valley
Utah Valley comes off a fourth place finish the Jayhawks Invitational where it competed against Kansas, Central Florida and #13 ranked Oregon. The Wolverines captured their only two sets from Central Florida but dropped all three decisions at the tournament. Utah Valley posts a 0-5 record for the season.

The Wolverines start the tournament with a five-game losing streak. Possible threats for the Bengals include Kayli Broadbent and Kristen Anderson who lead Utah Valley with 46 and 41 kills respectively. Broadbent also leads the team with six service aces. Anderson will be a tough figure to get past at the net as she has recorded 29 total blocks in five games.

Utah Valley Series
Utah Valley leads the series 3-2 gaining its last victory of the Bengals in straight sets on October 27, 2007 with a home court advantage. ISU fell to Utah Valley earlier in the season (September 22) from Reed Gym in four sets.

Seven Bengals competed in the last contest against Utah Valley. Kolay Mickelsen recorded 12 kills and Emily Waldron recorded 10 digs. The Bengals recorded 42 kills for a .218 attack percentage for the match.

Utah Valley Invitational
Utah Valley expects to have live stats available on their website for the tournament. Visit www.wolverinegreen.com on game day to access live stats.

Utah Valley Invitational Schedule
9/12-Utah Valley vs. North Texas-7:00 p.m.
9/13-Idaho State vs. North Texas-1:00 p.m.
9/13-Idaho State vs. Utah Valley-7:00 p.m.

This Week's Bengal Schedule
9/8-Day Off
9/9-Training, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
9/10-Training, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
9/11- Training, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
9/12-Training, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
9/13-ISU vs. North Texas, 1:00 p.m.
9/13-ISU vs. Utah Valley, 7:00 p.m.

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