Boise State Falls at Arizona State
Aug. 26, 2017

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Boise State fell in three sets 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 to Arizona State in the finale of the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday night. Boise State struggled offensively throughout the match as the Broncos were held to 18.3 percent hitting while ASU finished at 29.8 percent.

Sierra Nobley (14) and Sabryn Roberts (13) combined for 27 kills but it was not enough for the Broncos who fall to 2-1 overall with the loss. They will return home to host the Boise State Invitational this coming week featuring 10th-ranked BYU, 19th-ranked Missouri and Sacramento State.

Boise State fell behind early and never really managed to turn momentum around for very long as Arizona State lead nearly the entire match. The Broncos rallied from 21-14 down late in the first set to make it close pulling to within 22-21 before falling by three 25-22. The final two sets saw the Broncos stay close until midway through each set when the Sun Devils slowly pulled away to take a pair of six-point victories to clinch the match.

Boise State hit 18.3 percent in the day for 42 kills on 40 assists to go with two service aces, 44 digs and six blocks. The Sun Devils managed to find the holes in the Bronco defense as they hit 29.8 percent for 43 kills on 42 assists with four service aces, 62 digs and four blocks.


Head Coach Shawn Garus’ thoughts on the match, “ASU was the better team tonight. It is still early in the new season and we knew it would be hard to sweep all three matches this weekend but we did go 2-1, that’s not bad. There are some areas in our game that were exposed tonight, what we will do is learn from this experience and work hard to improve this coming week in practice as we prepare for a big home opener against 10th-ranked BYU Thursday.”


Player of the Match: Sabryn Roberts was named Boise State’s Player of the Match as she kept the Broncos in the contest hitting a team-high 34.8 percent for 13 kills to go with two assists, two digs and two blocks.

All-Tournament Team: Sierra Nobley recorded a team-high 14 kills while hitting a season-high 27.5 percent, she also had one assist, one service ace and one block solo for a team-high 17 points. She named to the Sun Devil Classic All-Tournament Team after finish the event with 48.5 points on 40 kills, three service aces, four block solos and three block assists to go with 33 digs. Nobley averaged 4.0 kills, 3.3 digs and 0.7 blocks per set.  

All-Tournament Team: Maddi Osburn tallied a team-high 16 digs in the ASU match. The senior from Nampa, Idaho, was named to the all-tournament team as a defensive standout recording a Boise State high 62, good for a 6.2 digs per set average.    

First Action as a Bronco: Redshirt-freshman Kenna Hanses saw her first action for Boise State as did true-freshman Lizzie Wilson. Wilson tallied one kill, four digs and one block.


Boise State at Arizona State
Sun Devil Classic
Aug. 26, 2017 at Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State, Wells Fargo Arena)

Arizona State def. Boise State 25-22,25-19,25-19

Boise State (2-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 14-1-2; Roberts, Sabryn 13-0-2; Walley, Janell 7-0-0; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 3-0-0; Lewis, Kiley 2-0-0; Wilson, Lizzie 1-0-1; Hayes, Laney 1-0-1; Christensen, Celine 1-0-1; Simon, Cassedi 0-1-0; Totals 42-2-6.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 18; Simon, Cassedi 17. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 16; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 8

Arizona State (3-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - OKARO, Oluoma 14-2-0; JEREMIC, Ivana 10-0-2; HUGHES, Griere 8-0-0; GRAHOVAC, Peyton 4-0-1;  DOBMEIER, Shelbie 4-0-0; UNZUE, Carmen 3-0-3; JOHNSON, Halle 0-1-0; HARKER, Halle 0-1-0; Totals 43-4-4.0. (Assists) - DOBMEIER, Shelbie  36. (Dig leaders) - HARKER, Halle 25; OKARO, Oluoma 12; LEFFEL, Courtney 10; DOBMEIER, Shelbie 10

Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Wells Fargo Arena)
Date: Aug 26, 2017   Attend: 866   Time: 1:37
Sun Devil Classic All-Tournament Team: Andrea Hale (WSU), Brianna Rasmusson (NDSU), Maddi Osburn (BSU), Sierra Nobley (BSU), Shelbie Dobmeier (ASU) and MVP Oluoma Okaro (ASU)

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