Nobley Sets MW Record in Bronco Sweep
Sept. 9, 2017

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DAVIS, Calif. - Sierra Nobley set the Mountain West career kills record as Boise State rolled to a dominating sweep over Portland State 25-11, 25-15, 25-18 on the final day of the UC Davis Invitational on Saturday. Boise State trailed only once in the three-set contest and that was at 1-0 in the first period. The Broncos put it in cruise control after that to record their third sweep of the season.

Nobley tallied a team-high 15 kills in the victory to give her the conference's all-time kills record with 1,626, breaking the previous mark of 1,623.  The senior finished with her sixth double-double adding 12 digs to her kill total.

Sophomore outside hitter Janell Walley backed Nobley up with 11 kills while hitting a career-high 62.5 percent.  

Boise State was dominating throughout the contest beginning with set one when the Broncos used a 6-0 run early to take control of the period turning a 2-2 tie into a 8-2 lead. Boise State never looked back as they cruised to a 14-point win.

The second set was just as impressive for the blue and orange. The Broncos led from the opening point and had the Vikings doubled up early. They led 15-7 midway through the period and by as many as 11-points late before bringing home the set victory 25-15 on Nobley's 10th kill of the contest.

Set three saw Boise State lead from the start and by as many as eight at 23-15 before settling for the 25-18 set victory, which was capped by a Nobley and Laney Hayes block to clinch the match.

The team finished the match hitting a season-best 38.9 percent for 45 kills off 43 assists. The Broncos added three service aces, 48 digs and 10 blocks. Boise State held the Vikings to a season-low for a Bronco opponent at 6.6 percent. Portland State had 28 kills on 26 assists with one service ace, 35 digs and six blocks.

The win gave Boise State a 2-1 record and by way of a tiebeaking win over Santa Clara the Broncos won the UC Davis Invitational as they improved to 6-3 overall. The Broncos also extended their win streak versus PSU to four straight. Next up for the blue and orange is a 5:30 p.m. (Mountain) encounter this coming Friday in Boise against No. 1 Minnesota at Bronco Gym as they open the Boise State Classic. 

WHAT THEY SAID


Head Coach Shawn Garus on the match . . .

"I am happy with the way the team bounced back after the loss last night. I thought everyone competed hard today and we had a lot of players contribute in this win with all six starters scoring. It was key that we hit the ball well against Portland State, I thought Bulda did a good job mixing it up today on her setting."

Garus on Sierra Nobley . . .

"You know I couldn't be prouder of what she has accomplished to this point in her career, but we have a lot more to do before the season is over. Sierra has been a program changer since she arrive on campus and has done everything we've asked of her. She deserves every record she can break this year, she is one of the best I've ever coached."  

Sierra Nobley on the match . . .

"I'm very proud of how our team was able to turn around after a tough loss last night and shut down a team with a lot of talent and a lot of impressive wins. I thought Jaymee (Bulda) distributed the ball well today and we had production from all hitters. Plus our blocking improved significantly and we were able to key on their hitters early on."

Nobley on setting the conference career kills record . . .

"It's exciting to be the Mountain West kill leader but the season is only just beginning so there's no slowing down now. Definitely looking forward to being back at home this weekend against some incredibly high competition!"



MATCH HIGHLIGHTS AND NOTABLES


Player of the Match: Sierra Nobley was named the Boise State Player of the Match after setting the MW career kills record and recording her sixth double-double of the season. Nobley tallied a team-high 18.5 points, hit a solid 36.7 percent and also had a season-high five blocks.

Record Watch: Sierra Nobley's 18.5 points versus Portland State now has her starring down her next career record. The senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., has 1,841.5 and is now 11 points short of tying the school career points record, 12 short of breaking it. She has moved into fourth-place all-time in the MW record book, 223.5 short of tying for first (2,065.0).

Tournament Honors: Boise State's Maddi Osburn was named the UC Davis Invitational MVP, while Sierra Nobley and Janell Walley joined Osburn on the all-tournament team.

Bringing the Hammer: Sophomore outside hitter Janell Walley was a force against Portland State hitting a team and career-high 62.5 percent in the contest. She tallied a team-second-best 11 kills to go with two assists, two service aces, eight digs and four blocks.

The Great Wall of Blue: Four Broncos recorded four or more blocks against the Vikings led by Laney Hayes, Celine Christensen and Sierra Nobley with five each, followed by Walley with four.

Dishing it Out: Senior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda recorded a team-high 35 assists and had the Broncos hitting a season-high 38.9 percent. She also tallied five kills, four digs and one block.



MATCH SUMMARY


Portland State vs Boise State
UC Davis Invitational
Sept. 9, 2017 at Davis, Calif. (The Pavilion)

Boise State def. Portland State 25-11,25-15,25-18

Portland State (6-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Mullen, Jenna 8-0-0; Webb, Parker 6-0-2; Bettenay, Caitlin 5-0-2; Sych, Mikaelyn 4-0-1; Wilson, Katy 2-0-5; Copple, Kylie 1-1-0; Brennan, Sarah 1-0-0; McDougald, Toni 1-0-0; Clark, Erin 0-0-1; Totals 28-1-6.0. (Assists) - Clark, Erin 20. (Dig leaders) - Glass, Haley 10; Clark, Erin 10

Boise State (6-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 15-1-5; Walley, Janell 11-2-4; Roberts, Sabryn 6-0-0; Hayes, Laney 6-0-5; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 5-0-1; Christensen, Celine 2-0-5; Totals 45-3-10.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 35. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 13; Nobley, Sierra 12; Roberts, Sabryn 8; Walley, Janell 8


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