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The College of Idaho volleyball team handed its coach, Liz Mendiola her 400th career win Wednesday.

Mendiola is in her 18th season. Her career record is now 400-150.

The Yotes, ranked seventh in the nation in the preseason poll, opened their season with a split at the Hope International University Summer Slam Tournament.

After falling in their opener, the Yotes bounced back to top Rocky Mountain College. They rallied from a two-set deficit to win 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-13.

Jackie Van Vliet had the match-sealing kill. She finished with a team-high 23 kills. Ashley Pagan added 20 kills and 27 digs. Setter Marija Djonovic had 60 assists.

In the first match, Embry-Riddle knocked off the Yotes 20-25, 25-19, 25-23, 27-25. Pagan had 15 kills and Taylor Alexander had 14 kills and 18 digs in the defeat.

FORECAST GOOD FOR BRONCOS: The Boise State volleyball team was picked to finish third in the Mountain West coaches poll.

Colorado State was tabbed to win a fifth consecutive championship.

Boise State swept Northwest Nazarene on Tuesday in an exhibition match. The Broncos begin the regular season in Portland on Aug. 24-25 when they face both Long Beach State and Portland State.

Broncos senior outside hitter Sabryn Roberts was named to the preseason all-conference team. Last year, Roberts started 29 matches, averaging 3.14 kills and 1.92 digs per set. She is one of 10 all-conference honorees returning.

VOLCANOES STOP HAWKS: Several Salem-Keizer hitters got in on the action Wednesday as the Volcanoes topped Boise 6-3 at Memorial Stadium.

Five different Salem-Keizer players knocked in an RBI and four had two hits apiece.

Cade Harris led Boise (28-30) with two hits, including a home run.

Keaton Winn (3-1) picked up the win in relief, while the loss went to starter Pearson McMahan (2-4).

STEELHEADS ADD TO ROSTER: The Idaho Steelheads agreed to terms Wednesday with rookie forward Dexter Dancs for the 2018-19 season.

Dancs, 23, is coming off a four-year college career at the University of Michigan. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native had his best statistical season in 2017-18, setting personal bests in goals, assists, posts and plus/minus rating while helping the Wolverines to their first Frozen Four appearance since 2011.

In 141 career NCAA games, Dancs totals 23 goals and 67 points.

Greg Lee is the Idaho Press sports editor. You can reach him at 208-465-8118 and follow him on Twitter @IPsportseditor.

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