Boise State Edged 3-1 at Gonzaga
Sierra Nobley, Northwest Challenge All-Tournament Team.
Aug. 29, 2015

Match Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. (8/29/2015) - Boise State's run at the Northwest Challenge did not end the way it had hoped as Gonzaga edged the Broncos 3-1 in the final match at Spokane, Wash. It was a tight contest throughout and the Broncos had a chance to gain momentum with a win in the third set but came up short as Gonzaga rallied to win the frame and eventually the match 25-20, 22-25, 26-24, 25-20. Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley led the Boise State attack with a season-high 25 kills, but it was not enough as the Broncos fall to 1-2 overall.

For the third straight match Nobley led the Bronco attack earning Northwest Challenge All-Tournament honors. She tallied a season-high 25 kills against Gonzaga, as well as two assists, nine digs and one block.

Senior setter Sarah Baugh earned her third-straight double-double of the season with a season-high 45 assists and 11 digs, to go with four kills, one service ace and two blocks.

Kaitlyn Oliver recorded a season-high 13 kills while hitting 56.5 percent, she added one dig and two blocks to her stat line. Maddy O'Donnell had nine kills with seven digs and two blocks. On the defensive side, Maddi Osburn recorded a team-high 15 digs, followed by Hannah Hubbard with 14.

All four sets were tight and went back and forth. The Bulldogs took the early momentum taking set one 25-20. With the score tied at 15-15 Gonzaga pulled out to a four point lead, then out paced the Broncos for the win.

Set two was just as close but this time Boise State slowly gained the lead, then held onto to it for the three-point win.

The decisive set that gave momentum to Gonzaga was the third. Boise State led by six points midway through the period but could not hold onto it. The Bulldogs rallied to take the set in extra points 26-24 to take a 2-1 match advantage.

The final set was close most of the way with the Bulldogs leading the majority of it. Boise State rally attempts came up short as Gonzaga claimed the 25-20 win to take the match 3-1.

Boise State hit 20.5 percent with 56 kills, 52 assists, three service aces, 58 digs and five blocks. Gonzaga countered at 28 percent hitting for 59 kills, 57 assists, three service aces, 63 digs and 12 blocks. Jordan Gasser led three Bulldogs in double digit kills with 21, followed by Savannah Blinn with 17 and Emmy Allen with 14 and seven blocks.


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