Boise State Wins in Four at Idaho State
Sept. 8, 2016

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POCATELLO, Idaho – Sierra Nobley, Kaitlyn Oliver and Maddy O’Donnell proved to be too much for Idaho State Thursday night combining for 53 kills to lead Boise State volleyball to victory in four sets at Pocatello 30-28, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20. After a three hour bus ride in the morning it took the Broncos a little while to get going as they trailed 12-6 in the first set. The blue and orange regrouped to take the set in extra points, then followed with an easy set two win.

But as instate-rivalries go, Idaho State did not make it easy for Boise State as the Bengals took set three to force a fourth. The Broncos raced out to a 17-8 lead in the fourth only to see the Bengals comeback to within two points 20-18. Boise State held off ISU and eventually took the fourth period 25-20 to claim the match.

“I am happy we got the win tonight against a good Idaho State squad,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “We did not play as sharp as we could have tonight, but credit Idaho State with not giving up. I thought that winning set one in extra points was big for us and set us up to the win the second. Nobley, O’Donnell and Oliver were really big for us tonight and were crucial in us winning this match. Now we have to focus on BYU tomorrow, it is a big match for us with them coming in ranked 10th nationally.”

The win is the fourth straight for Boise State as the Broncos improved to 5-2 overall, Idaho State fell to 4-4. Next up for Boise State is 10th-ranked BYU at 4 p.m. Friday in Pocatello on the second day of the Idaho State Invitational.

Nobley and O’Donnell led Boise State with a team-high 20 points each. Nobley had a team-high 19 kills to go with one block solo, she also recorded her fifth double-double of the season by adding 12 digs. O’Donnell tallied 16 kills, two service aces and four block assists to reach her 20 points.

Oliver finished with 18.5 points on 18 kills and one block assist. She also hit a team-best 35.3 percent against Idaho State.

Sabryn Roberts came on in the fourth set for the Broncos recording five of her nine kills in the period. She finished with 10.5 points adding one block solo and one block assist on the night.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda recorded her second career double-double on a career-high 55 assists to go with 12 digs. Maddi Osburn turned in a team-high 34 digs, while Emily Sullivan had 12 digs and two service aces.

On the night Boise State hit 19.7 percent for 69 kills on 66 assists. The blue and orange also had five service aces, 87 digs and seven blocks.

Idaho State hit 20 percent for 47 kills on 41 assists and added three service aces, 64 digs and 16 blocks. Marissa Todd led the Bengals with 17 kills and 15 digs to record the double-double.

Boise State struggled to get going in set one and found itself down 12-6 early. The Broncos slowly chipped away at the deficit as they took their first lead at 17-16. The period went into extra points where Boise State had four set points before finding itself down 28-27. Nobley came alive with three straight kills to hand the Broncos a 30-28 win.

The Broncos opened set two on a 4-0 run, then stretched that to a 9-2 advantage. Boise State was never really threatened in the second as the blue and orange cruised to the win by maintaining a 5-to-8 point lead the rest of the way. After ISU fought off two Bronco set points, Oliver put it away with a hard kill down the middle of the court for a 25-17 win and 2-0 match lead.

A combination of ISU coming out of the intermission fired up and the Broncos letting up resulted in the Bengals racing out to a 7-3 lead in set three. Boise State never recovered as the Broncos struggled hitting during the period as ISU took the third 25-18 to force a fourth set.

Down 6-5 in set four, Boise State rattled of a 12-2 run to go up 17-8. The Broncos seemingly had it in hand, when Idaho State attempted to rally pulling within two at 20-18. But that was as close as it would get as Boise State put the match away with an Oliver kill to hand the period to the Broncos 25-20.

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