Broncos Sweep Wright State

Sept. 2, 2016

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KENT, Ohio - Sierra Nobley's 16 kills led Boise State to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-10 sweep over Wright State Friday morning on the opening day of the Golden Flashes Classic at Kent, Ohio. After a slow start in set one falling behind 7-1, Boise State came alive and rolled off a 10-1 run to take control of the match. The Broncos rarely trailed after that as they cruised to their second victory of the season improving to 2-2 overall. Next up for the blue and orange is a contest with tournament host Kent State later this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain).

"I am really happy with our overall performance as a team, especially after a short week of practice," said head coach Shawn Garus. "I thought it was an overall team victory. We started off slow, but once we regrouped we played the way I know we can and took control. Now we have to show that we can put two good performances together as we head into tonight's match with Kent State."

It was a big day for Nobley who recorded her 1,000th career kill. The junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., entered the contest with 993, seven short of a milestone in which only 13 other Broncos all-time had ever reached. Nobley managed to hit the mark with her seventh kill of the first set which put Boise State up 24-19. She is only the second Bronco of the 14 to reach 1,000 as a junior and is the 50th individual in Mountain West history. Nobley also accomplished the milestone in her 64th career match setting the school record for the fastest to 1,000.

"I'm really happy for Sierra hitting 1,000 kills," Garus said. "Sierra has been a major impact for us since day one. She has worked really hard to improve and to be the player she is today. Sierra is really special and I look forward to seeing what all she will accomplish at Boise State before she's through next year."

Nobley tallied a total of 17 points on her 16 kills and one block solo, she hit 30.6 percent. Kaitlyn Oliver hit 57.1 percent in the contest and was next with 10.5 points off of nine kills and three block assists. Maddy O'Donnell hit a team and season-high 66.7 percent on her way to 10 points on eight kills and four block assists. True-freshman Janell Walley added nine points hitting 35.7 percent for seven kills to go with career-highs for block assists and digs with four and 14, respectively.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda guided the Bronco attack distributing 32 assists to go with nine digs. Maddi Osburn tallied the team-high in digs with 16 and recorded Boise State's two service aces in the contest.

Boise State finished the match hitting 31.8 percent as a team with 48 kills on 47 assists. The Broncos had two service aces, 56 digs and nine blocks in the victory.

Wright State was held to 9.2 percent hitting with 29 kills on 28 assists. The Raiders recorded three service aces, 36 digs and seven blocks. Katie Klusman led WSU with 12 kills, seven digs and one block.

Boise State opened the contest slow falling behind 7-1 in the first set. After a timeout the Broncos rattled off a key 10-1 run to go up 11-8. The blue and orange led the rest of the way in set one and by as many as seven points. However, Boise State was forced to hold of a late Raiders rally attempt before taking the frame 25-22. Nobley led in set one with seven kills followed by O'Donnell with four.

After trailing 2-1 in set two, Boise State slowly pulled away from Wright State taking its largest lead of eight points at 21-13 and again at 22-14. The Broncos eventually took the period by six points at 25-19. Both Nobley and Walley recorded six kills each in the set to lead the Broncos.

The Broncos opened the third set on a 10-2 run and raced off to a dominating 25-10 victory. Emily Sullivan tallied a team-high five kills in the period followed by Oliver with four. Boise State hit a match-high 44.1 percent as a team in the period.




Nobley's 1,000th career kill against Wright State on Sept. 2, 2016.


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