Broncos Fall to No. 10 BYU
Aug. 31, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Sierra Nobley recorded a season-high 23 kills, but it was not enough to carry the Broncos past 10th-ranked BYU Thursday night in Bronco Gym as they fell in a tough three-sets 25-19, 26-24, 26-24.
Nobley made Bronco history with her team-high 23 kills giving her the school record for career kills with 1,530. The senior outside hitter finished the night hitting 29.2 percent (23-9-48) against the Cougars and tallied one assist, eight digs and one block.
The Broncos played the Cougars tough throughout taking the final two sets to extra points. After dropping the first set 25-19, Boise State came back and led most of the way in the second and had two set points before the Cougars rallied to edge the Broncos by two down the stretch 26-24.
Boise State also led early in the third set before BYU surged a little midway through to take a small advantage. Down three, Boise State battled off three match points down 24-21 to tie the score at 24 all. Unfortunately, BYU regrouped with two straight to clinch the victory.
The Broncos remain winless against the Cougars in eight attempts all-time as Boise State moves to 2-2 overall on the year.
The Boise State Invitational continues through Saturday with three contests tomorrow: Missouri vs Sacramento State at 11 a.m., Missouri vs BYU at 5:30 pm followed by Boise State vs Sacramento State at 7:30 pm.
WHAT THEY SAID
Head Coach Shawn Garus on playing BYU close . . .
“Well we played great at times. The second and third sets were fantastic volleyball. We just weren’t able to close them out. They’re No. 10 for a reason. They have a lot of weapons, and they don’t get rattled. I think we can learn from it. The big challenge is to not hang our heads because we have another great opponent tomorrow and the day after that. I like our effort levels. For our new players like Kiley Lewis to play her first game at Bronco Gym and have that kind of performance, that’s really exciting for that type of future.”
Garus on Sierra’s record . . .
“It’s an unbelievable career record, and it’s great that she did it tonight with a match against No. 10. I thought at times she was the best player in the gym, and that was incredible to see. I’m really proud of her. She doesn’t care that she got the record right now, she cares that we lost, but overall, I will not let her forget it, because this is a really special night.”
Garus on the crowd . . .
“It was great, we’re starting to get accustomed to this which is nice. We just want to make sure we get them back for Friday and Saturday. I know it’s hard when there’s a lot going on campus with the football game and soccer and everything else, but it means a lot to have Bronco Gym rocking.”
Sierra Nobley on the record . . .
“It’s kind of cool because I actually met the lady who had the record before, and it was really cool to see all the players who came before to build the foundation, and set those high standards for me. It’s definitely a team sport – I can’t get kills without great sets and great passes from the back row. I’m going to give credit to Jaymee today, she had great sets and set me up for great high hits over a block. Credit to BYU’s block, they were fantastic. Just a cool honor, and I’m looking forward to getting some more.”
Nobley on the team’s performance . . .
“I was really proud of how we played, considering they are No. 10 and playing at this really high level. It’s just a credit to how hard we worked in our preseason. It’s really going to go up from here. Now we’ve played one of the best, so everyone else is going to look beatable for sure.”
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS AND OTHER NOTABLES
Player of the Match: Sierra Nobley was named Boise State’s Player of the Match as she gave BYU the hammer at times with a match-high 23 kills, most on either team, and hit 29.2 percent. Entering the night she needed three kills to tie and four to break the school career kills record which was held by Cameron Flunder (2003-06) at 1,510. The senior outside hitter now sits at 1,530 and will extend her record with each match. The next record in her sights is the Mountain West career kills record needing 93 to tie the mark of 1,623.
Freshman with an Arm: Kiley Lewis continues to impress early with her offensive prowess tallying a team-second-best 12 kills, most with amazing force. She finished the night hitting a career and team-high 34.8 percent and committed only four errors on 23 attacks.
Defensive Leader: Senior Maddi Osburn continues to dominate for Boise State on the defense collecting a team-best 23 against the Cougars. She moved into third-place in program history for career digs and is also only the third Bronco ever to reach the 1,300 digs milestone sitting at 1,302.
Just for My Friends: Senior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out a season-high 44 assists for the Broncos on the night. It is the third time in four matches she has led the team in assists.
Bronco Nation: The Broncos were excited to see 1,009 fans in attendance Thursday night, making it the third-consecutive match with over a 1,000 spectators in attendance dating back to the last two of 2016.
#10 BYU at Boise State
BYU def. Boise State 25-19,26-24,26-24
BYU (4-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jones-Perry, Veronic 15-0-2; Redding, Kennedy 8-0-3; Miller, McKenna 8-1-4; Stetler, Danelle 4-1-2; Burnett, Cosy 4-0-8; Robins-Hardy, Alohi 1-0-2; Haddock, Lyndie 0-0-4; Totals 40-2-13.5. (Assists) - Robins-Hardy, Alohi 15; Haddock, Lyndie 14. (Dig leaders) - Lake, Mary 13; Stetler, Danelle 7
Boise State (2-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 23-0-1; Lewis, Kiley 12-0-0; Roberts, Sabryn 5-0-3; Hayes, Laney 5-1-2; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 3-0-1; Leake, Keri 1-0-0; Osburn, Maddi 1-0-0; Christensen, Celine 0-0-2; Totals 50-1-5.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 44. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 23; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 8; Nobley, Sierra 8
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