Broncos Win in Four at Cleveland State
Sept. 3, 2016

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Boise State used an all around team effort to knock-off Cleveland State on the road in four 25-17, 17-25, 25-22, 25-9 Saturday afternoon on ESPN3. Sierra Nobley, Maddy O’Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver combined for 44 of the Broncos’ 54 kills to lead Boise State to the win over the Horizon League’s top team.

The blue and orange put the match away with a dominating fourth set winning it by 16 points. Nobley recorded five of the final six points for the Broncos including the clinching kill to hand the match to Boise State.

“We played a great game today with everyone on the same page,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “Cleveland State is a very good and experienced team, they are picked to repeat as Horizon League champions this year. Our passing off serve receive was tremendous and was a big factor in our win. I thought Maddi Osburn was the player of the game on defense for us. The middle blockers (O’Donnell and Oliver) were also a big factor today. It was a great overall team win.”

Boise State completed the weekend sweep winning all three matches played in Ohio to improve to 4-2 overall. The Broncos will now take their three match win streak to Pocatello, Idaho, next week for the Idaho State Invitational against ISU, Brigham Young and Missouri.

Nobley earned her fourth double-double of the season against the Vikings on a team-high 20 kills with 10 digs. She hit 35.6 percent and had one service ace and four blocks finishing with 23.5 points.

Defensively, Osburn was solid for the Broncos recording a team-high 30 digs and was perfect on 18 serve receptions. She also had one kill, two service aces and six assists.

O’Donnell and Oliver were huge for the Broncos at middle blocker against CSU. O’Donnell tallied eight blocks and 14 kills, both season highs, while hitting 52.2 percent. Oliver finished the match with 12 kills while hitting 25.9 percent.

Sabryn Roberts chipped in six kills, one ace, four digs and three blocks. Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out 37 assists to guide the Boise State attack.

The Broncos finished the contest hitting 23.9 percent as a team with 54 kills on 49 assists. They also had a season-high 10 service aces, 71 digs and nine blocks.

For the fourth time this season the Broncos held their opponent below 20 percent hitting as the Vikings finished at 14.9 percent with 41 kills off 40 assists. Cleveland State tallied two service aces, 57 digs and seven blocks. CSU was led by Sara Skeens who had 12 kills, three digs and three blocks.

Down 8-4 in set one the Broncos rattled of an 11-1 run to take control up 15-9. Boise State coasted to the eight point set win taking it 25-17.

The lone down point for the Broncos on the day was set two. Cleveland State got Boise State on its heals early as the Vikings raced out quickly taking a 14-4 lead. It was all Vikings in the second set, but they were forced to hold off a Bronco rally before winning the period 25-17 to tie the match score up at 1-1.

The third set looked like it was going to be a run away victory for the Vikings who opened by taking a 10-3 lead. However, Boise State regrouped and came charging back on a 13-4 run to go up 16-14 midway through the period. The Broncos never trailed again in the match eventually taking the third 25-22. That was followed up by a dominating fourth set which the blue and orange won going away 25-9 to clinch the match victory.

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