Broncos Shock No. 27 Missouri in Three
Sept. 2, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Sabryn Roberts and Sierra Nobley combined for 32 kills to lead Boise State as the Broncos upset 27th-ranked Missouri in three sets 25-22, 25-22, 25-18 in the finale of the Boise State Invitational Saturday night. All three sets were tight and went back and forth only to see the Broncos surge with a short run to take control of each. 

Roberts hit a season-high 36.4 percent for 16 kills, while Sierra Nobley recorded her fourth of the season on 16 kills and 12 digs. 

The first set went back and forth with two-points being the largest lead. Boise State used a 4-0 run to turn an 18-18 tie into a 22-18 lead before Roberts and Nobley combined for the final five points to take a 25-22 win. Both Nobley and Roberts had seven kills in the set.

The second set was just as close with the Broncos using a late surge to take a five point lead late. Tied at 21, Boise State closed it out on a 4-2 run to take a 2-0 match advantage.

The third set saw Boise State take a nine-point lead twice midway through the period, before Missouri rallied to make it close late. Eventually the Broncos put it away with block assists by Roberts and Celine Christensen.

The largest lead in the first two sets was five points and nine in the third. The match saw 28 ties and nine lead changes as a crowd of 805 watched the Broncos put away a Southeastern Conference power in three sets. 

The Broncos improved to 4-2 overall with the win and went 2-1 in the tournament. Boise State will hit the road for Davis, Calif., next weekend for the UC Davis Invitational where the Broncos will face UC Davis, Portland State and Santa Clara.


WHAT THEY SAID


Head coach Shawn Garus on the team's consistent effort . . .

"I thought our girls did a good job. I think we avoided a lot of the highs and lows and we were just focused on staying steady and high. I want the team to act like they've been there before. There were some really special plays tonight where they just had to let it go and celebrate and get the gym fired up. I thought it was a great performance. I don't think we gave up three-point runs all night long, so I'm pretty proud of the effort.

Garus on the efficiency on offense . . .

Missouri is a little banged up. They didn't have all of their weapons. A couple of their outside hitters were not playing, what that did was great a couple nice match-ups with Janell Walley and Sabryn Roberts. Those two had their best offensive performances. Laney Hayes also had some nice kills for us. It's unfortunate for Missouri, but we have to take advantage of those opportunities, and we did. We did not let them off the ropes at all. When we went up, we played the whole third set with a five-point cushion, and that's what you want to see from your time. We passed well, Jaymee distributed the ball, and we had a lot of people scoring.

Garus on Boise State's performance during the weekend tournament . . .

I think 2-1, especially with a field like this, is great. Aside from BYU, any team would love to have been 2-1. I really think we might have played our best volleyball against BYU. I'm proud of the 2-1 result, I think it keeps us moving forward. We showed we can compete against good teams, we also showed that we can't take the night off with a Sac State type of team. A lot to learn, and a lot of great takeaways.

Garus' thoughts on the crowd during the weekend . . .

The crowd was excellent this weekend. It's just one of those things that supports us challenging ourselves with good competition. Our fans deserve to see good volleyball night in and night out. They don't deserve to see us play low-level teams and see if we can win easy. We want to be challenged, and our fans are really fortunate that they get to see our program have that type of philosophy of scheduling the toughest teams we can get here in Boise.

Sabryn Roberts on the consistent effort from Boise State . . .

"I think immediately after our match last night, we talked about not playing really high or really low, we just talked about playing really consistent. We lost to these guys last year and we knew they were going to want to beat us again, so we just wanted to play really steady Boise State volleyball."

Roberts on her efficiency on offense . . .

"My first night against BYU, I was definitely getting blocked a lot, so my main focus tonight was to just keep swinging really high off the hits I was getting.


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS AND NOTABLES


Player of the Match: Sabryn Roberts was named the Broncos' Player of the Match after recording a team-high (tied) 16 kills while hitting a season-high .364. She added one assist, eight digs and one bock assist for 16.5 points.

All-Tournament: Sierra Nobley tallied a team-high (tied) 16 kills and hit 23.3 percent versus Missouri to go with 12 digs for her second double-double of the tournament and fourth of the season. Nobley was also named to the all-tournament team, her second of the year.

All-Tournament: Maddi Osburn was sensational all weekend long including versus Missouri tonight. The senior libero recorded 11 digs against the Tigers to give her 69 on the weekend.

Dishing it Out: Jaymee-Lee Bulda recorded a team-high 43 digs against Mizzou.

Solid Match: Senior Laney Hayes record six kills, hit .455 percent and had a team-high four blocks.



MATCH SUMMARY


Missouri at Boise State
Boise State Invitational
Sept. 2, 2017 at Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)

Boise State def. Missouri 25-22,25-22,25-18

Missouri (3-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kira Larson 11-1-0; Dariana  Hollingswort 10-0-1; Alyssa Munlyn 6-0-2; Kayla Caffey 5-0-0; Paige   Perego 2-0-0; Courtney Eckenrode 2-0-0; Andie Hanus 0-1-0; Totals   36-2-2.0. (Assists) - Courtney Eckenrode 29. (Dig leaders) - Kira   Larson 10; Andie Hanus 7

 Boise State (4-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Roberts, Sabryn 16-0-1;   NOBLEY, Sierra 16-0-1; Walley, Janell 9-1-2; Hayes, Laney 6-0-4;   BULDA, Jaymee-Lee 4-2-2; Christensen, Celine 0-0-3; Totals 51-3-7.0.   (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 43. (Dig leaders) - Nobley, Sierra 12; Osburn, Maddi 11; Roberts, Sabryn 8

 


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