(Providence Argos Media Release)
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Argo Volleyball rallied from a deficit in the third set to hold set point, but the College of Idaho Yotes would eventually close out the final set and take a three-set victory over the Argos in the first match pool play on Tuesday afternoon.
University of Providence 0 – College of Idaho 3
The first set opened to as the teams traded points to a three all tie. The Yotes then took a 9-5 advantage as they outscored the Argos 6-3. Following a timeout, the Argos scored three straight to bring the match back within one, but College of Idaho responded with a 4-1 run to put the match back to a four-point deficit, 13-9. The Argos tallied another 3-0 run to cut it back to one yet again, 13-12, but the Yotes kept finding an answer. The Yotes tallied nine to the Argos four to push their advantage to five, 20-15. The Argos just couldn’t catch back up as both teams tallied five points apiece to close out the opening set in the Yotes favor, 25-20.
The Argos took the initial point in the second set but College of Idaho capitalized on five kills and five Argo errors to lead early, 10-7. A kill from Andersen would bring the Argos back within two, 10-8, but the Yotes would take seven to the Argos two to take a seven-point lead, 17-10. The Argos responded to outscore the Yotes 4-3 to close the deficit to six, 20-14, but the Yotes proved to command the set as they closed out the set on a 5-3 run to take the two-set advantage, 25-17.
The Argos took the early advantage in the third set to lead the Yotes, 4-2. The Yotes responded with a 4-1 run to take a 6-5 lead, but it was short lived as the Argos retook the lead as a Kelsey Shaver kill sparked a 5-2 run to put the Argos back up by two, 10-8. College of Idaho took four straight points to change the lead yet again, 12-10. The two teams battled as they tied at every point from 12 to a 17-17 standstill. However, the Argos held the momentum as they would ourscore the Yotes 6-1 to bring them within two points of taking the set, 23-18. College of Idaho tallied four unanswered to cut the deficit to one, 23-22, but a Yotes attack error put the Argos into set point. The Argos struggled to earn the final point as the Yotes tallied four more unanswered to close out the match and take the final set, 26-24.
Shaver led the Argos offensively as she was the only one to tally double-digit kills with 13, followed by Sydney Andersen who notched nine kills. Paige Jensen garnered a team-high 25 assists, while Averi Dyer held down the back line with 17 digs.
The Argos will look to upset the overall No. 1 Grand View Vikings on Wednesday in a 1 p.m. (2 p.m. CST) matchup at the Tyson Events Center.