Friday, October 11, 2013

Vandals hitter Peterson is a force in Moscow

     Camas County’s Katelyn Peterson, a three-time State 1A Division 2 high school volleyball champion with the Mushers from Fairfield, is now a rising star with the University of Idaho volleyball team.

     Peterson is a 6-0 sophomore outside hitter, one of nine Vandal players over 6-0 in height.

     Last year, Peterson earned Western Athletic Conference “All-Freshman” team honors as a true freshman. She played in 30 matches and 109 sets and finished with 197 kills for the season including six double-digit kills matches.

     This season Peterson has started all 17 Vandal matches and has played 65 sets so far. She is third on the team with kills at 171, leads the team with service aces (18) and is also ranked third in digs (132).

     Peterson is one of five Idaho players on the 14-player team. Others are senior Taylor Wilkinson from Pocatello’s Highland High School, sophomores Samantha Delmer from Eagle High and Jenna Ellis from Pocatello’s Century High School, and junior Jessica Hastriter from Nampa’s Columbia High.

     Their coach is Debbie Buchanan, 40, a stand-out prep volleyball player in northern Idaho leading the St. Maries Lumberjacks to four straight State A-2 titles from 1987-90.

     Buchanan (206-195 career) is the longest-tenured coach in Idaho volleyball annals, now in her 14th season. Last year Idaho went 13-5 in the WAC, 17-14 overall and reached the league’s championship match.

     This season the Vandals are a little more than halfway through their season that started at Laramie, Wyo. Aug. 30. They have a 10-7 record and are 3-2 in WAC play. Last Saturday, Idaho played inconsistently and lost in three games to pre-season WAC favorite New Mexico State at Las Cruces, N.M.

     Idaho plays its third straight WAC road match on Saturday, Oct. 11 when it visits Seattle University. The Vandals return home to host Kansas City and Chicago State on Oct. 17 and Oct. 19. The final regular-season Vandals match is Nov. 21, and the WAC conference tourney begins Monday, Nov. 25.

     Katelyn, the daughter of Ann Frost and Randy Peterson, has two older sisters, Lindsey and Tara. Her step-father Steve Frost played football at the University of Idaho.

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