Boise State Sweeps Portland State in Season Opener
Sierra Nobley.
Aug. 28, 2015

Final Match Box/Stats

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sierra Nobley recorded 15 kills to lead Boise State volleyball to a sweep over Portland State in the season opener Friday night at the Northwest Challenge in Spokane, Wash. The Broncos stormed out of the gate easily winning set one by 15 points, then rallied from six down in the second before putting the match away with a easy set three victory.

Boise State's 25-10, 28-26, 25-15 win over the Vikings snapped a seven-year losing streak in season openers for the Blue and Orange.  The Broncos run at the Northwest Challenge continues Saturday afternoon in Spokane as they face 10th-ranked Washington at 1 p.m. (Mountain) and their host Gonzaga at 7 p.m.

"Solid win to start the season," said coach Shawn Garus. "We fell behind in the second set but battling back to win close will help us for tomorrow. Looking forward to playing #10 (Washington) in the country in our next match."

Nobley finished the night hitting 44.8 percent to go with her team-high 15 kills, five assists, one service ace, one dig and three blocks.

Senior setter Sarah Baugh followed with 10 kills while hitting a team-best 57.1 percent, she added 29 assists, one service ace and three digs.

Hitting 46.7 percent was junior Maddy O'Donnell recording eight kills, one service ace and six digs.

Kaitlyn Oliver chipped in with six kills, two digs, three solo blocks and hit 40 percent.

Sophomore Maddi Osburn led the Broncos' defensive efforts tallying a team-high 16 digs.

With the Broncos trailing 3-1 early in the opening set, Boise State rattled off a 10-1 run to take control with a 11-4 advantage. The Blue and Orange never let up in the frame as they cruised to the 25-10 win over Portland State behind seven Nobley kills.

The second stanza was a different story as Boise State was forced to rally from six down to take set two. The Broncos trailed 14-8 in the second set, then slowly chipped away at the deficit. They eventually took a 22-21 advantage before trading points with the Vikings down the stretch. Boise State fought off two Portland State set points to win it on an attacking error by the Vikings and a decisive O'Donnell kill to claim the victory at 28-26.

The Broncos' second set rally took some of the fight out from the Vikings in the third frame as the Broncos claim the sweep with a 10-point set three win. Boise State slowly pulled away at first before picking up pace to take the set 25-15.

Boise State hit 42.5 percent in the match good for 46 kills to go with 40 assists, three service aces, 35 digs and seven blocks. The Broncos held Portland State to 11 percent hitting on the night as the Vikings tallied 29 kills, 25 assists, two service aces, 29 digs and five blocks. Portland State was led by Pati Anae with nine kills followed by Jenna Mullen with eight.
 


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