| 03.17.2018

Athletes of the week

Connor Hill- men’s basketball

Hill was a major contributor in the final two games of Idaho’s four-game home stand, and his 3-point stroke has continually made him a scoring threat all season. Hill may have had his best two-game home stand of the season, when Idaho fell to Utah State Jan. 31 then bounced back to upend San Jose State on Saturday. Against the Aggies, Hill was 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and the sophomore netted his 100th career three as a Vandal. He went 5 of 9 from the field and finished with 14 points and two assists. Against the Spartans, Hill caught fire from beyond the arc and the Post Falls native was 4 of 8 from long range. He didn’t live from the perimeter though, and got to the free throw line seven times, not missing one from the charity stripe. Hill led all scorers with 19 points and the underclassman broke into Idaho’s all-time top 10 for 3-pointers made in a career.

Dmitry Perevoshchikov/Cesar Torres- men’s tennis

Helping the Vandals to two weekend match wins, which would improve Idaho’s record to 3-0, Perevoshchikov and Torres went undefeated in both singles and doubles during victories against Nevada and DePaul in Eugene, Oregon. Perevoshchikov, who made his spring season debut for the Vandals, defeated Nevada’s No. 2 singles player 6-3, 6-2 before cruising to a 6-4, 6-2 straight-set victory over DePaul’s Sten Leusink, also at No. 2 singles. Torres defeated Nevada’s Fernando Sunago 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 singles spot but needed three sets to oust DePaul’s Jan-Willem Feilzer. Torres and Perevoshchikov held strong at the No. 3 doubles slot, dropping just three combined games in the two matches.

Rachel Millet- swimming and diving 

Millet’s heroics haven’t been enough for the Vandals as of late, and Idaho fell victim to a strong overall performance from border rival Washington State Friday at Gibb Pool in Pullman. Still, Millet continued her unbeaten streak this season and the sophomore was able to pull out three individual victories in Idaho’s final meet of the regular season. Millet was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:50.56, two seconds better than Nicole Proulx of WSU. Proulx was second to Millet once again in the 100-yard freestyle race, this time by just nine tenths of a second. Finally, Millet crushed her competition in the 200-yard individual medley, which she won with a time of 2:05.12. The second-place finisher, Loree Olson of WSU, completed the race in 2:09.61.

Liga Velvere- indoor track and field

Velvere had an exhausting weekend inside the Kibbie Dome, competing in the 37th annual Vandal Indoor Friday, the Vandal Collegiate  Saturday and the Vandal Open Sunday. The senior won events in all three meets, starting with a season and WAC-best time in the 800-meter race at the Vandal Indoor. Her time is also 28th best in the NCAA. Velvere then anchored the victorious 4×400-meter relay team, also consisting of Keli Hall, Lauren Schaffer and Karlene Hurrel. Velvere came out on top of the field Saturday in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.11, a season best for her and the fourth best time in the WAC thus far. Velvere won the same race at Sunday’s Vandal Open, with a time of 56.91.

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