| 03.20.2018

Athletes of the week


Alyssa Pease — soccer

Going into Sunday’s matchup against the New Mexico State Aggies, the Vandals were in desperate need of a win. The Vandals were able to get the 1-0 shutout in Las Cruses, N.M., off of the foot of midfielder Alyssa Pease. The freshman from Bend, Ore., scored the only goal of the game. The goal was the third of the season for Pease, which leads the team. The game went 68 minutes before she netted the goal. In the 68th minute, fellow freshman Elexis Schlossarek connected with Pease on a long cross-field pass and Pease was able to bury the shot from 15 yards out on the back post. She also totaled three of the seven Idaho shots on the day.

The Vandals will finish the season with two matches against the WAC regular season champions, Seattle U. Idaho will travel to Seattle for the first of the back-to-back matches on Nov. 1. The Redhawks will then close out the regular season with the second match on Nov. 3 at Guy Wicks Field.

Katelyn Peterson — volleyball

The Vandal volleyball team had two games last week. The first was a comeback victory over WAC leader Utah Valley. The team was down two sets when they came back and won the final three to seal the win. Katelyn Peterson, a sophomore from Fairfield, Idaho, had one of her better games of the season at Utah Valley. Peterson had 11 kills and 8 digs, just narrowly missing out on a double-double. Peterson did get a double-double in the Vandal’s next game, a 3-1 lost to Cal State-Bakersfield. In the game, she had 10 kills and 14 digs. Idaho returns home to face WAC rival and conference favorite New Mexico State on Thursday, Halloween night.

Dezmon Epps — football

The Idaho football team traveled to Oxford, Miss. to face the Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels Saturday. Although the team didn’t come out with a win, wide receiver Dezmon Epps had a highlight performance for the Vandals. Epps, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., had five receptions for 89 yards. One of his catches was a 62-yard bomb from quarterback Taylor Davis, which resulted in one of the two touchdowns for the Vandals. Epps now has 51 catches on the season with 582 yards. He also has three touchdowns and averages 11.4 yards per catch. Idaho returns home to the Kibbie Dome to face Texas State on Saturday for Dad’s Weekend.

Rylee Iacolucci — men’s golf

Idaho sophomore Rylee Iacolucci led the Idaho men’s golf team to an eighth-place finish Saturday at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational. Consistent rounds of 71, 70 and 71 put Iacolucci just outside the top 10 at a tie for 11th overall out of 88 competitors. The sophomore finished the two-day tournament with a 4-under-par 212.

Iacolucci and the Vandals sported mustaches at the tournament, a tradition that started last season when they won the 2012 Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invite. The lucky mustaches didn’t lead Idaho to a win in a tougher 2013 field, but Iacolucci had a solid showing for the Vandals.

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