Yotes bounced from National Championships

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The new logo from the College of Idaho athletic department. A kickoff party (and debut of the new mascot uniform) will be September 2, 2011 on the C of I campus.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – MidAmerica Nazarene recorded 11 total blocks and forced 24 College of Idaho hitting errors, as the Pioneers eliminated the Lady Yotes from the NAIA Volleyball National Championships with a 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 victory, inside the Tyson Events Center.

The Pioneers (29-4) rallied for the Set 1 victory, then held on in the next two sets after building large leads to win their 18th-straight match and move on to the national quarterfinals tonight against Biola. The Lady Yotes (24-8) saw their season end in the first-round of the championship bracket for the third time in four seasons and finish in a tie for ninth nationally.

Set 1 was tight, featuring 17 ties and 10 separate lead changes – with the Yotes building a 19-17 lead on a combo-block from Kylee Nawahine and Liz Myers. MNU would respond, scoring five of the next six points, capped by a Taryn Salum ace, to lead 22-20. A Sofia Anxokill got the Yotes even at 23-23, with Anxo following with an ace to give The C of I set point, but a Linjun Ji kill and back to back Coyote hitting errors gave the set to the squad from Kansas.

MNU used a big block in Set 2 to their advantage, as Luka Gomez combined on four blocks in a 15-4 run to open the frame, extending the margin to 20-7 on a Molly Brewster kill. Sofia Anxo had two kills and a block in a seven-point run by the Yotes to close the gap to 23-18, but a Gomez kill ended the set.

A kill by Salum started a three-point surge for the Pioneers in Set 3, giving MNU a 13-9 lead, extending the margin to 21-16 on a C of I hitting error. The Yotes would make one last run, cutting the gap to 24-23 on a Gomez hitting error, but after a lengthy rally, Ji put a ball to the floor to end the match.

Ji led MNU with 11 kills and 12 digs, with Gomez adding nine kills and a match-high seven blocks. Brewster had seven kills and a team-high 20 digs, with Salum recording 30 assists and four blocks. Defense was the story for the Pioneers, recording a 67-53 edge in digs to go along with their double-digit blocks.

Peacock had 10 kills and 12 digs and Sofia Anxo had nine kills and three blocks in their final collegiate match. Anxo had 10 kills and seven digs in the loss, with Sierra Porter recording 34 assists and 10 digs. The Coyotes finished the season with 24 wins – their eighth-straight year with 24-or-more wins.