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Bengals Return Home for Pivotal Big Sky Matches
Justin Prax
Bengals Return Home for Pivotal Big Sky Matches

Bengals Return Home for Pivotal Big Sky Matches _

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POCATELLO, Idaho – After two weeks on the road, Idaho State volleyball is back home in Reed Gym this weekend for a pair of pivotal Big Sky Conference matches.

First, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 PM, the Bengals square off against the Eastern Washington Eagles. Then, Saturday, Nov. 5, the Bengals take on the Vandals in an ICCU Battle of the Domes match.

Both Matches will be broadcast on ESPN+ with live stats available. There will also be a radio broadcast provided by KISU. However, the match on November 5 will be available on KISU's "Live Webcasts" stream.

The Bengals currently sit in eighth place in the conference standings with a 3-7 record. The top-eight teams make the Big Sky Tournament in late November and the final games of the season will determine if the Bengals will participate in post-season play.

Bengal Bites

· The Bengals are currently sitting at 11-12 (3-7 BSC). Idaho State snapped a five-game losing streak this past weekend in Ogden as the Bengals took down the 2nd place Weber State Wildcats 3-1. The win for the Bengals was the first for the program since the 2018 season and evened out the all-time series 51-51.

· In conference play, Idaho State freshman Emrie Satuala is making a name for herself. The Bengal middle ranks 3rd in the Big Sky in hitting percentage averaging .353 a match. Satuala has also passed the century mark for kills in her debut season with 102 at the time of writing.

· Not only offensive, Satuala ranks No. 1 in the conference at the net averaging 1.24 blocks per set and has stopped 46 total this season.

· Andri Dewey ranks ninth in the conference in assists this season with 260 averaging 7.22 per set.

· Dewey now has 2327 career assists and needs 44 more to pass Karissa Legaux for seventh all-time in the ISU career record book.

· From the service line, Jamie Streit ranks seventh in the conference, averaging 0.36 aces per set. The Bengal outside hitter has notched 13 already this season.

· Defensively, Asiah Sopoaga ranks 5th in the conference in Digs. The Bengal libero has grabbed 158 averaging 4.51 per set this season.

Quick Scout – Eastern Washington

· The Eagles currently rank 7th in the conference with a 9-13 (4-6 BSC) record.

· The Previous meeting of the programs this season, EWU came away with the 3-0 victory in Cheney. The Bengals were out offensive pieces Sadie Bluth and Meline Robarge in the match.

· Alyssa Radke ranks 4th in the conference in Kills, averaging 3.53 set.

· As a team, the Eagles rank last in the conference in opponent hitting percentage, allowing opponents to hit .256 on average.

· The Eagles are strong at the service line, ranking 4th with 1.53 aces per set on average.

· At home in Reed Gym, the Bengals lead the overall series 19-16 with a series that goes back to 1982 where the Bengals defeated the Eagles 3-0 at home

Quick Scout - Idaho

· The Idaho Vandals currently sit in last place in the conference standings with a 4-18 (1-9 BSC) record.

· The Bengals won the first meeting of the two programs 3-1 on Oct. 6 in Moscow.

· The Vandals picked up their first Big Sky Conference win against Northern Arizona on Oct. 22, a 3-1 victory in Flagstaff.

· The Vandals lead the all-time series 24-21 and the series is deadlocked in Pocatello at 9-9 all-time.

· Idaho ranks 6th In the conference in hitting percentage, averaging .192.

· The Vandas are strong on the net. Idaho ranks 3rd in the conference in blocks averaging 2.30 per set with 85 total blocks this season as a squad.

Looking Ahead

After the homestand, the Bengals hit the road for the final regular season trip of the season, heading to Greeley to take on the UNC Bears and Flagstaff to take on the NAU Lumberjacks Nov. 10 and 12