Boise State Defeats Morgan State in Straight Sets
Gammel and Harden named to all-tournament team.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Boise State wrapped up the Sacramento State Invitational with a convincing straight set 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 victory over the Bears of Morgan State in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday night. The Broncos dominated the match hitting a season-high .340 percent against the Bears. Boise State was led by Liz Harden who recorded 12 kills and hit a season-high .393 percent, followed by Alyssa Gammel who had 11 kills and career-high hitting percentage of .450, both were named to the all-tournament team.

"I am excited that we played so well against Morgan State," said head coach Shawn Garus. "We lost a hard one this morning and you always wonder how your team will react after a loss like that. But they came out fired up and control the match. I thought Liz (Harden) and Alyssa (Gammel) played hard for us, which we need on a consistent basis. Sarah (Webster) had a solid night serving and was big for us in set three. This was a solid team effort tonight."

Boise State broke the first set open early when the Broncos used a 7-0 run to take an 11-3 advantage. They eventually stretched the lead to 10 late in the set as the blue and orange cruised to a 25-15 win. Harden led the way with six kills and three blocks as the team hit .375 percent in the set.

The second set was all Boise State as well. Like the first set, the Broncos took control early and coasted to the win. Boise State was up nine, 19-10, then held off a late Morgan State rally attempt. It was a solid team effort for the Broncos in the second set as four players recorded three kills apiece and three others had two each.

Morgan State came out strong to start the third set taking a 6-4 lead over Boise State. The Broncos regrouped and rolled off a 7-0 run behind the serving of Sarah Webster who had three aces to help Boise State to an 11-6 advantage. The blue and orange was up 17-12 when its was forced to hold off a Bear rally as MSU pulled to within one at 19-18 and again at 20-19. Boise State answered the Morgan State challenge by out scoring the Bears 5-1 to close out the set 25-20, handing the Broncos a straight set victory. Gammel recorded four kills in the set followed by Harden's three.

Harden led the Broncos for the second time today with 12 kills while hitting a season-high .393 percent. The senior outside hitter also had a season-high three blocks giving her 13.5 points in the match. Gammel followed with 11 kills and a career-best hitting percentage of .450. Aly Duffin recorded a career-high six kills and four blocks, followed by Fiona Jones and Taylor Murphey with five kills each. Casey Rose played a big part in the Broncos success with a team-best 25 assists, followed by Sarah Baugh with 12. Kersti Whitney, Gammel and Rose added eight digs apiece to lead the defense.

Boise State hit a season-high .340 percent (45-13-94) against the Bears. The Broncos finished with 45 kills, 43 assists, six aces, 36 digs and five blocks. Morgan State countered with a .167 hitting percentage, 29 kills, 25 assists, five aces, 32 digs and six blocks. Arianna Hayden led the Bears with 10 kills.

The Broncos finished the Sacramento State Invitational with a 1-2 mark and 2-4 record overall. Boise State returns home for the first time this week for four matches beginning with Eastern Washington on Wednesday night, followed by the Boise State Invitational Friday through Saturday with matches against Southern Utah, San Jose State and UC Irvine.

Final Match Summary

Sacramento State Invitational        
Boise State (2-4) vs Morgan State (0-6)
Sept. 1, 2012 at Sacramento, Calif.

  Boise State def. Morgan State 25-15,25-18,25-20

  Boise State (2-4)
  (Kills-aces-blocks) - HARDEN, Liz 12-0-3; GAMMEL,
  Alyssa 11-1-0; DUFFIN, Aly 6-0-4; JONES, Fiona 5-2-0; MURPHEY, Taylor
  5-0-0; WEBSTER, Sarah 3-3-1; KINGHORN, Katelyn 2-0-1; BAUGH, Sarah
  1-0-0; ROSE, Casey 0-0-1; Totals 45-6-5.0. (Assists) - ROSE, Casey 25;
  BAUGH, Sarah 12. (Dig leaders) - GAMMEL, Alyssa 8; ROSE, Casey 8;
  WHITNEY, Kersti 8

  Morgan State (0-6)
  (Kills-aces-blocks) - HAYDEN,Arianna 10-0-0;
  PRESCOTT,Samantha 6-1-3; CHAFEH,Ngebui 4-1-1; SMITH,Zuri 3-0-2;
  PLAUD,Nangeeshie 3-0-2; WILSON,Janelle 3-0-2; LEMONS,Jourdan 0-2-0;
  LESLIE,Tamara 0-1-0; Totals 29-5-6.0. (Assists) - CHAFEH,Ngebui 19.
  (Dig leaders) - PRESCOTT,Samantha 9; LESLIE,Tamara 7

  Site: Sacramento, Calif. (Colberg Court)
  Date: Sep 01, 2012   Attend: 189   Time: 1:07    
  Referees: Tana Martin, Maile Jewkes

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