By ISU Sports Information/ Journal Staff
Idaho Stateâ€™s season ended Thursday after a 3-0 loss to Idaho in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament, hosted by Sacramento State. The Bengals fell 25-17, 25-18 and 25-23.
The Bengals (11-19) lost 13 of their first 16 matches of the season and won eight of their next nine before ending the year on a five-match losing streak.
â€śThese seniors have given a lot to this program,â€ť ISU coach Rick Reynolds said. â€śI am proud of the women they have become and the successes they have achieved on and off the court.â€ť
The Bengals were led Thursday by Chloe Hirstâ€™s 11 kills and nine digs, while junior outside hitter Abby Garrity added 10 kills and six digs. Sophomore libero Haylie Keck finished with 15 digs.
â€śIâ€™m really proud of the fight our team showed,â€ť Reynolds said. â€śWe were able to create opportunities in the third set, but Idaho finished better. It is important that you serve and serve receive when youâ€™re at this point of the season, and we didnâ€™t find our rhythm today.â€ť
The Bengals were the No. 6 seed in the tournament after going 8-8 in Big Sky games. It was the first time the team did not finish above .500 in conference play since 2011.