The squads played evenly early through the first frame and were tied at 20-20. Two kills and a block by Idaho's Anna-Marie Hammond helped the Vandals to a 24-20 lead that the Broncos were unable to recover from. Senior outside hitter Jami Bari registered her 1,000th career kill to lessen the Bronco deficit to 22-25 in that frame. That milestone also makes the Bari only the fifth Bronco all time to notch 1,000 kills and 1,000 kills in a career. She reached the defensive marker two weeks ago against Pepperdine.
The two teams battled through game two and took a four-point lead at 18-14 on one of sophomore middle blocker Becky Potter's seven kills of the frame. Idaho's Megan Ogden, Brooke Haeberle and Heather Kniss each recorded a kill to stop a Bronco game point. The Vandals needed three game points of their own to take a 2-0 lead at intermission.
Santa Clara jumped to a 10-5 lead in the third game behind two service aces from freshman outside hitter Megan Johnston, but allowed Idaho to tie the game at 16 and take a 20-16 lead. A Vandal block-one of their 16 on the night-ended the match.
Haeberle and Potter led all attackers with 15 kills each, while the Bari added 14 and now has 1,008 in her career. She posted a team-leading 12th double-double of the season with 11 digs.
The Vandals were led defensively by Ogden's eight blocks. Kniss and Hammond added six each as Idaho held SCU to a .125 hitting percentage.