Volleyball Falls to No. 5 Washington
Taylor Murphey, Junior Outside Hitter

Aug 30, 2013

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Boise State volleyball team opened the 2013 campaign Friday night in Portland, Ore., at the sixth annual Northwest Challenge against fifth-ranked Washington. The Broncos did not back down from their Pac-12 opponents but fell to the Huskies in straight sets 25-18, 25-16 and 25-16. Taylor Murphey led Boise State with 10 kills and one block, Sarah Horton followed with eight kills, while Katelyn Kinghorn added six. The loss moves the Broncos to 0-1 on the year with two more matches on tap tomorrow at the Northwest Challenge against Gonzaga (0-1) at 11 a.m. (Mountain) and Portland State (1-0) at 8 p.m.

Boise State found itself down midway through in all three sets and then attempted to rally back each time. However, the experienced Huskies responded to hold the Broncos off for the straight set win.

The Broncos were led by Horton and Murphey who got the starts at the two outside hitter positions. Kinghorn, Brittany Reardon and freshman Maddy O’Donnell came on in the second and third sets as they Broncos attempted to rally and extend the match.

At the intermission Boise State found itself down two sets with Horton and Kinghorn leading the team with five kills each followed by O’Donnell with four and Murphey with three, while Reardon added two blocks.

The third set saw the Broncos start slow as the Huskies took control of the set. But Boise State refused to go away without a fight as Murphey tried to lead her team back by hitting 45.6 percent in the set and recorded seven of her 10 kills in the match.

At the end of the night Murphey finished with a team-high 10 kills hitting 30 percent with one block and two digs. Newcomer Sarah Horton, a senior transfer from Montana State, followed with eight kills and five digs. Kinghorn was next hitting a solid 40 percent (6-0-15) for six kills, while O’Donnell debuted with four kills on five attempts. Casey Rose led the attack with 17 assists followed by Sarah Baugh with 12. Freshman Hannah Hubbard had a team-high nine digs.

Boise State finished the night hitting 24.1 percent as a team to go with 33 kills, 32 assists, two service aces, 29 digs and four blocks. Washington countered hitting 40 percent with 49 kills, 42 assists, six aces, 36 digs and nine blocks.

Match Summary
No. 5 Washington vs Boise State
Northwest Challenge (Aug 30, 2013 at Portland, Ore.)

  Washington def. Boise State 25-18,25-16,25-16

  Washington (1-0)
  (Kills-aces-blocks) - Vansant, Krista 11-1-0; Wade,

  Melanie 9-1-1; Munoz, Kylin 7-0-6; Sybeldon, Lianna 7-0-3; Nelson,
  Kaleigh 7-0-2; Parker, Gabbi 6-0-4; Strickland, Cassie 2-2-0;
  Nogueras, Jenni 0-2-0; Totals 49-6-9.0. (Assists) - Nogueras, Jenni
  23; Beals, Katy 13. (Dig leaders) - Vansant, Krista 10; Orlandini,
  Jenna 9

  Boise State (0-1)
  (Kills-aces-blocks) - Murphey, Taylor 10-0-1;

  Horton, Sarah 8-0-0; Kinghorn, Katelyn 6-0-0; O’Donnell, Maddy 4-0-1;
  White, Janessa 2-0-2; Reardon, Brittany 2-0-3; Rose, Casey 1-0-0;
  Hubbard, Hannah 0-2-0; Totals 33-2-4.0. (Assists) - Rose, Casey 17;
  Baugh, Sarah 12. (Dig leaders) - Hubbard, Hannah 9; Baugh, Sarah 5

  Site: Portland, Ore. (Peter W. Stott)
  Date: Aug 30, 2013   Attend: 538   Time: 1:16    
  Referees: Jason Olson, Virginia Hays

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