Boise State Wins Classic in Five Sets
Sept. 1, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Sierra Nobley and Sabryn Roberts combined for 49 kills to carry the Broncos to a five-set 17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 18-16 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets on the second day of the Boise State Invitational at Bronco Gym. The Broncos started slow but rallied to take the second, third and fifth sets over a good Hornets’ squad from the Big Sky Conference.
The win improves the Broncos to 3-2 overall with a big match on the slate Saturday night against No. 27 Missouri in Bronco Gym.
Boise State opened the match slowly falling behind early in set one and trailed the entire way before falling by five to the Hornets.
The Broncos regrouped and won the second set 25-20 powered .357 percent hitting and nine kills from Nobley, including the final four for Boise State to secure the win.
Set three was up and down. Boise State led 9-7 when Sacramento State rolled off a 8-0 run to go up 15-9. Down three 24-21, the Broncos fought off three Hornets’ set points with a 5-0 run to win the period 26-24 to give the blue and orange a 2-1 lead in the match.
Sacramento State came back in the fourth set taking the momentum midway through. Tied at 13-13 the Hornets took the lead for good to stay alive and force the match into a fifth and decisive set.
The fifth set was a classic with 15 ties and 10 lead changes before the Broncos pulled it out behind seven kills and five digs from Nobley, Roberts and Laney Hayes each added two kills in the set while Kiley Lewis added two kills.
The Broncos will closeout the tournament Saturday night when they host the Missouri Tigers at 7:30 p.m. in Bronco Gym.
Boise State finished the night hitting 20 percent for 69 kills on 63 assists with four service aces, 86 digs and 11 blocks. Sacramento State had 65 kills while hitting 22.4 percent with 63 assists, three aces, 76 digs and nine blocks.
What They Said
Coach Shawn Garus on the team’s performance . . .
“I feel like sometimes we have to win ugly, and that’s what we had to do tonight. We did not have our A-game, but we found a way to hang in there, give ourselves a chance in the end and made some plays to win.”
Garus on learning whether or not this year’s team could rally when down . . .
“It was something. It’s worrisome that we weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be, but we need to find out why that is. The resolve is what we want.”
Sierra Nobley on her 30-kill performance . . .
“I thought it was a little bit shaky in the beginning. I don’t think we were expecting Sac State to come out as aggressive as they did. We were on our heels and we had to fight back. An ugly win is still a win. I thought we learned a lot tonight. Our offense was very balanced.”
Nobley on the team’s resolve . . .
“We just needed a little bit of energy. We kind of all had this stoic kind of face, and as soon as you pick up your physical, body language, it’s contagious and we all start to play better.”
Match Highlights and Notables
Player of the Match: Sierra Nobley was named Boise State’s Player of the Match as she powered the Broncos to the win with 32 kills, the most since the final match of her freshman season when she had 31 at Utah State. The senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., also recorded her third double-double of the season adding 14 digs to her kills, in addition to three block assists. Nobley now has 1,562 kills to extend her school record and close to within 61 kills of the Mountain West record.
First Double-Double: Junior Sabryn Roberts recorded her first double-double of the season on 17 kills and 13 digs, to go with a team-high three services. She also hit a team-high 28.9 percent.
The Dig Queen: Senior Maddi Osburn tallied a season-high 35 digs to lead the Broncos on the defensive effort. She remains in third place on the school career digs list, but moves to within 154 of the record.
Dishing it Out: Sophomore setter Cassedi Simon had a career-night dishing out a team-best 35 assists in the win over the Hornets.
Sacramento State at Boise State
Boise State def. Sacramento State 17-25,25-20,26-24,23-25,18-16
Sacramento State (3-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Boyle, Shannon 19-1-1; Nocetti, Mikaela 19-1-2; Brown, Lana 13-0-6; Davis, Sarah 10-0-4; Gathright, Brie 4-0-2; Kurtz, Kennedy 0-1-1; Totals 65-3-9.0. (Assists) - Kurtz, Kennedy 59. (Dig leaders) - Murdock, Brigitte 23; Boyle, Shannon 20; Nocettie, Mikaela 14; Kurtz, Kennedy 11.
Boise State (3-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 32-0-3; Roberts, Sabryn 17-3-1; Walley, Janell 9-0-3; Hayes, Laney 6-1-5; Lewis, Kiley 2-0-2; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 1-0-0; Osburn, Maddi 1-0-0; Wilson, Lizzie 1-0-0; Christensen, Celine 0-0-5; Simon, Cassedi 0-0-2; Totals 69-4-11.0. (Assists) - Simon, Cassedi 35; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 23. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 35; Nobley, Sierra 14; Roberts, Sabryn 13; Simon, Cassedi 9
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