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Bengals Set to Open Big Sky Play this Weekend

Written by Jon Match

POCATELLO, Idaho – After a long 13 game non-conference schedule, the Idaho State volleyball team is set to open Big Sky Play this weekend with a home match against Northern Colorado and a road trip to Sacramento State.

First, the conference leading Bengals, take on the third-place UNC Bears in an exciting conference opener in Reed Gym. First Serve is set for Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:00 PM.

Then, the Bengals hit the road to take on the Sacramento State Hornets at 8:00 PM MT on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Both Matches will be broadcast on ESPN+ and Live Stats will be available for both matches. The match against the Bears will also be broadcast on KISU 91.1 FM.

Bengal Bites

· Idaho State is currently sitting in first place in the conference standings with an 8-5 record. Montana is just behind at 7-5 and Northern Colorado and Weber State round out the top-three with a tied 6-5 record.

· The Bengals' 8 non-conference wins is the most since the 2015 season and the best non-conference winning percentage since 2012.

· The Bengals have held their opponents to the 2nd-lowest hitting percentage in the conference at .185

· Idaho State leads the Big Sky in digs with 871 averaging 16.13 per set.

· Emrie Satuala and Dani Devlin are eighth and ninth in the conference in hitting percentage at .306 and .301.

· Sadie Bluth is ranked sixth in the conference in kills with 174 averaging 3.22/set

· At the net, Emrie Satuala ranks fifth in the conference, blocking 1.04 per set.

· Asiah Sopoaga ranks third in the conference in digs with 3.84 digs per set average. Her 32 digs against Gonzaga tie her for first in single-game high digs this season in the Big Sky

· Emrie Satuala's nine blocks against UC Riverside tie her for third in single-game high blocks this season.

Quick Scout – UNC

· Northern Colorado had a strong start to the season sweeping North Carolina and beating Colorado State in Fort Collins. The Bears have picked up losses against Wichita State, Omaha and West Virginia.

· This is the 34th all-time meeting of the two programs. The Bears lead the series 21-12.

· The Bears come into the match with the No. 1 hitting percentage in the conference at .282 average.

· The Bears setter, Syd Cole ranks No. 1 in the conference in assists this season averaging 10.86/set.

· Cece Huhn ranks third in hitting percentage in the Big Sky at .350 over 42 sets played.

Quick Scout – Sac State

· Sac State comes into the match 4-8 on the season with wins against CSU Bakersfield, Sand Diego State, Saint Marys and common opponent Nevada.

· The Hornets lead the all time series 36-15 and Saturday's match will mark the 52nd meeting of the two programs.

· The series is split 1-1 in the previous two meetings with the Bengals previous victory being a five-set match almost a year ago to the day.

· The Hornets are averaging a .202 hitting percentage while holding opponents to .195.

· Sac State is strong on the net, averaging 2.4 blocks per set while holding opponents to 1.7. They are led by Tiyanane Kamaba-Griffin who leads the conference averaging 1.27 blocks per set.

Rachel was born and raised in Pocatello and is now studying for a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Rachel is a student-athlete on both ISU’s Track and Cross-Country teams. When Rachel isn’t running, she enjoys travelling, sleepy Sundays spent working in coffee shops and adventuring in Idaho’s wilderness. Her research interests include sustainable development, environmental policy and public policy theory.