Athletes of the week
Jill Flockhart- Soccer
The Vandals went 1-1 on the weekend, falling to Gonzaga and dominating North Dakota State. Flockhart was a bright spot in the Vandal midfield, scoring Idaho’s first goal off of a Megan Lopez assist. The British Columbia native menaced the right flank, providing the Vandals with numerous goal-scoring opportunities. Against NDSU, Flockhart beat her defender and assisted Chelsea Small’s 70th minute goal that put Idaho up 1-0.
Katie Baran- Soccer
The sophomore midfielder has started in each of Idaho’s four games this season after appearing in all 22 as a freshman. Against Gonzaga, Baran fired two shots on goal and three shots overall. In the NDSU game, she tallied four total shots, two of them on frame. In the eighty-fourth minute, Baran’s cross pass found forward Breanna Wilson on the far post. Wilson volleyed it into the net, giving Idaho the 2-0 lead and ultimately the victory.
Allison (Walker) Baker- Volleyball
A 2011 All-WAC first team nominee, Baker was a dominant force in the Idaho Nike Invitational this weekend, hosted at Memorial Gym. In their season-opener against Pacific, Baker notched her first of three double-doubles, with 17 kills and 19 digs. In the Vandals’ 3-1 win against Montana, Baker had 24 kills and 13 digs. The junior came up huge in Idaho’s five set thriller against Washington State, accounting for 28 kills and 14 digs. Baker was selected to the All-Tournament team.
Alyssa Schultz- Volleyball
Schultz joined Baker as the only other Vandal on the All-Tournament team. On thirteen kill attempts against Pacific, Schultz converted 13, with a 47.8 percent kill percentage. She added nine kills and five digs against Montana and totaled 11 kills on 28 attempts with a hitting percentage of 32.1 percent against the Cougars.
Janelle Chow- Volleyball
Fresh off winning the starting libero position, Chow took it a step further at the Nike Invitational. The senior’s best performance of the tournament came in the loss to Pacific, when she dug out 26 balls in five sets. She was also the only other Vandal to record an assist in the game. In their win against Montana, Chow’s 23 digs led all players. Her 17 digs in the tournament finale against WSU were a team-high.