Boise State Splits in Home Debut Against Oregon and Arizona
Maddy O'Donnell vs. Arizona.
April 24, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - After nearly two years of playing on the road Boise State sand volleyball's home debuted Friday afternoon could not have worked out better as the Broncos won the program's first home match in history 4-1 over the Oregon Ducks at the new Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts. Boise State then faced 10th-ranked Arizona in the final of three matches played Friday falling to the Wildcats 5-0. The split in front of a combined session attendance of 853 means the Broncos closed their second season with a 4-11 overall record and an 0-4 mark against top-10 teams.

"I am really pleased with the way the team played today and with the overall experience of our first home matches," said coach Shawn Garus. "I thought the team came out excited and fired up against Oregon in the first match. It was great to see a good crowd come out and support the Broncos. I thought the team really fed off the energy to get the win against the Ducks. The day turned out great and I thought everything went well for our first experience at hosting not only a sand volleyball match, but to also do it at a new facility. It was a great start for us on our home sand and I am glad we finally had a chance to show the people of Boise and Bronco Nation what sand volleyball is all about."

On a day that started ugly with rain falling until late in the morning, the skies cleared and the Broncos stepped onto their home sand for the first time after playing 24 road matches in two years. Their opponent was the Pac-12's Oregon Ducks as the two met for the second time in the series. The win kept the Broncos undefeated against their Pacific Northwest rivals as they now lead the series 2-0 after today.

Boise State's freshmen tandem of Jaymee-Lee Bulda and Maddi Osburn gave the Broncos a solid start to the day when they put away the Ducks' No. 5 pair of Roni LaPierre and Marine Hall-Poirier in straight sets 21-16, 21-18 to record the first victory by a Bronco pair at home in program history.

Taylor Murphey and Laney Hayes battled hard at No. 4 pairs but came up on the short end of a 21-17, 22-20 score as Oregon tied the match up at 1-1.

Next up on the sand for Boise State were the No. 3 and 2 pairs. The first to finish were the twos where Sarah Baugh and Sierra Nobley dispatched Oregon's duo of Liz Brenner and Maggie Scott in two sets 21-18, 21-17.

The No. 3 pairs went to three sets before Boise State's Katelyn Kinghorn and Aly Duffin recorded the team victory clinching point. The Bronco tandem rallied from one set down to put away Taylor Agost and Serena Warner 20-22, 21-15, 15-12 to give the Broncos a decisive 3-1 lead.

The final match had Boise State's No. 1 pair of Maddy O'Donnell and Hannah Hubbard taking on Oregon's Kacey Nady and Shellsy Ashen. The final contest of the match also went to the Broncos as O'Donnell and Hubbard claimed a straight set 21-14, 21-14 win.

After Arizona defeated Oregon 5-0 in the second match Friday afternoon, the Wildcats faced our Broncos in the final contest of the day. This was the second meeting of the year between the two squads and the third in the series. Arizona defeated the Blue and Orange 5-0 in Tucson on March 27 and extended their win streak against the Broncos to 3-0 with the victory today.

The match started off right as Boise State's Osburn and Bulda won the opening set at No. 5 pairs before losing a heartbreaker. The two freshmen battled with the more experienced Wildcats as two of the sets went to extra points before Arizona's Sarah Seiber and Olivia MacDonald rallied to edge Osburn and Bulda 22-24, 28-26, 15-10.

"I was really happy with the performance by our entire team today, we played hard and left it out there on the court," commented Garus. "The freshmen have just come along at a faster pace than we expected and had a great year. They really played well today and for them to have a chance to win against the Arizona squad speaks highly of their effort and how far they have come."

The Broncos ended up falling in all five matches even with the home crowd's support. Murphey and Hayes lost on court four 21-17, 21-14 as the Wildcats went up 2-0. Kinghorn and Duffin were next to finish going down 21-9, 21-11 at No. 3 pairs as Arizona clinched the victory up 3-0.

The final two Boise State pairs faced tandems that will be competing in next weekend's national pairs championship in Alabama. At No. 2 pairs Baugh and Nobley took on Arizona's twins McKenna and Madison Witt falling 21-12, 21-13. While Hubbard and O'Donnell went up against the Wildcats' duo of Madi Kingdon and Kaitlyn Leary who won 21-19, 21-13 over the Broncos.

"Overall we had a good day. You always want to win every match and a loss is never a goal you have, but we played better against Arizona the second time around," said Garus. "I think we have made major strides this year and we have seen every pair improve and grow from where we started in March. I am really looking forward to our indoor season this fall and next year's sand season."

Match Summaries
Oregon (2-5) at Boise State (4-10)
April 24, 2015 at Boise, Idaho (Boise State Sand Volleyball Courts)

Boise State def. Oregon 4-1
Maddy O'Donnell/Hannah Hubbard (BSU) def. Kacey Nady/Shellsy Ashen (UO) 21-14, 21-14
Sarah Baugh/Sierra Nobley (BSU) def. Liz Brenner/Maggie Scott (UO) 21-18, 21-17
Katelyn Kinghorn/Aly Duffin (BSU) def. Taylor Agost/Serena Warner (UO) 20-22, 21-15, 15-12
Frankie Shebby/Natalie Bookout Gonzalez (UO) def. Taylor Murphey/Laney Hayes (BSU) 21-17, 22-20
Maddi Osburn/Jaymee-Lee Bulda (BSU) def. Roni LaPierre/Marine Hall-Poirier (UO) 21-16, 21-18

No. 10 Arizona (17-3) at Boise State (4-11)
April 24, 2015 at Boise, Idaho (Boise State Sand Volleyball Courts)

Arizona def. Boise State 5-0
Madi Kingdon/Kaitlyn Leary (UA) def. Maddy O'Donnell/Hannah Hubbard (BSU) 21-19, 21-13
McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (UA) def. Sarah Baugh/Sierra Nobley (BSU) 21-12, 21-13
Kendall Polan/Rachel Rhoades (UA) def. Katelyn Kinghorn/Aly Duffin (BSU) 21-9, 21-11
Taylor Lane/Taylor Arizobal (UA) def. Taylor Murphey/Laney Hayes (BSU) 21-17, 21-14
Sarah Seiber/Olivia MacDonald (UA) def. Maddi Osburn/Jaymee-Lee Bulda (BSU) 22-24, 28-26, 15-10

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