April 20, 2018
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State beach volleyball battled Washington in a back-and-forth match that turned into a 3-2 loss to the Huskies on Friday in Boise. Boise State record wins by the pairs of Maya Watkins and Kylee Johnson at the fifth position, as well as Brindl Langley and Kiley Lewis at No. 2 pair to lead the blue and orange.
"I'm really happy with how the team battled today against a good Washington team," said head coach Shawn Garus. "I was really excited with the way Maya Watkins and Kylee Johnson came out and played hard at No. 5 pair. The win by the freshmen tandem set the tone for the rest of the team and gave us chance to win the match."
This was the first match of two this weekend for the Broncos against the Huskies with the two meeting again at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Boise State Sand Volleyball Complex. This was the third of four meetings between Washington and Boise State this season with the Huskies winning the first three.
However, today's encounter was much different than the two earlier this season (March 29-30) in Seattle where Washington took both by 5-0 scores. Today the Broncos went toe-to-toe with the Huskies and were in position to win the match but came up short in the end.
Boise State took the first match at No. 5 pair where the Bronco tandem of Watkins and Johnson came out strong and led most of the way in both sets winning a tight set one in extra points 26-24 and the second 21-14.
After Washington tied the match up at 1-1 with a win on court 4, Boise State's No. 2 pairs put the Broncos back in the lead when they swept Washington's Emma Calle and Destiny Julye 21-15, 21-15.
Trailing 2-1, Washington came back to tie the score with a win at No. 3 pair. That set up the decisive match at No. 1 pairs with the winner claiming the team victory.
"I saw good things at times from both the three and four pairs," Garus said. "They played really well at times, but they were playing against really strong competition and they just need to be more consistent throughout the match. I also thought that Brindl (Langley) and Kiley (Lewis) did a great job maintaining their focus to pick up a big win at No. 2 for us. With the wins at five and two we had a chance for the win, we came up short but we had an opportunity. I'm really pleased with they way we have improved from top to bottom this spring and I am excited to see how we do in the final tomorrow."
The final match featured Boise State's top tandem of Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley versus Washington's Kimmy Gardiner and Jordan Anderson. The largest lead in the match was three points by Washington and two points for the Broncos. Both sets were primarily a one-point affair with the team's trading leads before Gardiner and Anderson pulled both out down the stretch to defeat Walley and Roberts 21-19, 21-19 handing the win to the Huskies.
The loss dropped Boise State to 3-10 overall, while Washington improved to 11-11. The Huskies now lead the all-time series 3-1 over the blue and orange. Saturday's match will be the season finale for Boise State who will honor its three seniors following the contest. The Broncos' senior class includes Brindl Langley, Jaymee-Lee Bulda and Skye Southwick.
Washington (11-11) at Boise State (3-10)|
April 20, 2018 at Boise, Idaho (Boise State Sand Volleyball Complex)
Washington 3, Boise State 2
1. Kimmy Gardiner/Jordan Anderson (WASH) def. Janell Walley/Sabryn Roberts (BSU) 21-19, 21-19
2. Brindl Langley/Kiley Lewis (BSU) def. Emma Calle/Destiny Julye (WASH) 21-15, 21-15
3. Carly DeHoog/Shayne McPherson (WASH) def. Jaymee-Lee Bulda/Jensen Allen (BSU) 21-18, 21-9
4. Kara Bajema/Anna Crabtree (WASH) def. Skye Southwick/Kenna Hanses (BSU) 21-16, 21-16
5. Maya Watkins/Kylee Johnson (BSU) def. Samantha Drechsel/Natalie Robinson (WASH) 26-24, 21-14
Ext. Natalie Robinson/Chloe Newton (WASH) def. Celine Christensen/Drew Hannemann (BSU) 21-10, 21-14