Boise State Splits on Opening Day
Aug. 27, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 27, 2016) - Boise State volleyball earned a split on the opening day of the season Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, sweeping Northwestern State (La.) before falling in four to NC State. Sierra Nobley's double-double on 11 kills and 11 digs led Boise State as the Broncos put away the Lady Demons of NSU in straight sets 25-17, 25-21, 25-11 during the opener in morning. The second match started slow as the Broncos went down 2-0 in the contest, then came up short on their rally attempt falling 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21 to NC State.

Nobley tallied 21 kills against NC State giving her a team-high 36.5 points during the two contests on 32 kills, two service aces and five blocks. Maddy O'Donnell followed with 21 points during the two matches on 14 kills, four service aces and six blocks. The Broncos will close the TCU Invitational Sunday afternoon against their host the TCU Horned Frogs at 1 p.m. (Mountain).

Broncos Record Sweep Over Northwestern State

Nobley turned in a double-double on 11 kills and 11 digs Saturday morning against Northwestern State to lead Boise State to a solid season opening performance in a 3-0 victory. Maddy O'Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver each contributed seven kills in the win with O'Donnell hitting 58.3 percent while Oliver hit 46.7 percent.

"Great to get on the court and find some success," said coach Shawn Garus. "The match showed we have a lot to work on, but I like starting with a win. It gives the team some confidence as we head into the NC State match."

The Broncos opened with a 25-17 win in set one, a period in which Boise State slowly pulled away from the Lady Demons. The second set was a little different as Boise State ran out to a nine-point, 15-6 lead, then held off a Northwestern State rally attempt in which the Lady Demons pulled to within one, 16-15, before the Broncos regrouped for a 25-21 victory.

Boise State did not let up in the third set as the Broncos came storming out to claim a quick 14-4 lead. The Blue and orange hit a match high 31.2 percent in the final period as they rolled to a 25-11 win to clinched the 3-0 sweep over Northwestern State.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out a team-high 27 assists, while Maddi Osburn led the Boise State defense with 20 digs. As a team the Broncos hit 22.3 percent with 38 kills to go with 31 assists, seven service aces, 58 digs and five blocks. NSU was held to -0.095 hitting percentage with 23 kills.  The Broncos are now 18-0 over the last two years when holding opponents below 20 percent hitting.

Boise State Comes Up Short Against NC State

Nobley recorded a team-high 21 kills while hitting 37.8 percent to lead Boise State in the loss to NC State in the final match Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. Sabryn Roberts followed with 11 points and seven digs, while Janell Walley and O'Donnell each had seven kills. The Broncos started slow and found themselves in a hole early down two sets to none.

"It was a tough loss versus NC State," Garus said. "We did a lot of good things in the match, but when we don't pass well it puts a lot of stress on our team. We will learn from it, regroup and try to be better tomorrow against the host team TCU."

Boise State opened set one slow eventually losing the frame by five points at 25-20. The Broncos bounced back in the second period leading nearly the entire way before it got away from them. NC State rallied from 23-19 down with a 6-0 run to win the set 25-23 and take a 2-0 match advantage.

Boise State ran out to an eight point, 12-4, lead early in the third set, only to see NC State battle back to tie the score at 21. This time the Broncos regrouped and rolled off a 4-0 run, capped by a Roberts kill to clinch the win 25-21 to keep the Broncos hopes alive.

The fourth set was similar to the second as the Broncos jumped out to the early lead and led nearly the entire way. In a must win situation for Boise State the Broncos let NC State rally back. Up 20-16, Boise State watched as the Wolfpack rolled off a 7-0 run to go up 23-20. NC State finished the rally by putting the match away 3-1 with a 25-21 fourth set victory.

Boise State hit 28.8 percent with 54 kills and 53 assists, five service aces, 61 digs and eight blocks. Bulda distributed a career-high 47 assists in the contest, meanwhile Osburn tallied a team-high 31 digs.

NC State finished the match hitting 25.5 percent with 59 kills to go with 57 assists, 11 service aces, 60 digs and four blocks.


  • Boise State started true freshman outside hitter Janell Walley on Saturday recording a combined 14 points, 10 kills, two assists, three service aces, 11 digs and two blocks.
  • Three other newcomers saw action on Saturday during the Northwestern State match: Cassedi Simon, Maddie Simon, Emily Sullivan.
  • Sierra Nobley entered the season needing 55 kills to reach the 1,000 career kills milestone, she recorded 32 on Saturday leaving her needing just 23.

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