Broncos Rally Comes Up Short Vs Missouri
Sept. 10, 2016

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POCATELLO, Idaho - Boise State volleyball’s rally from two sets down came up short in a 3-1 loss to No. 35 Missouri Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Idaho State Invitational at Pocatello. Boise State dropped the first two sets of the day, then battled back taking the third period to force a fourth. After leading most of the way in set four it got away from the Broncos as Missouri came back for a two-point win to take the match 25-20, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23.

“It was a little disappointing that we started out the way we did, you can’t start slow against a team like Missouri,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “But I am proud of how we responded with our backs to the wall. The team came together and battled back to take the third. I thought we had our chances in the fourth but it just got away from us late. We knew coming into this weekend that it was going to be tough, all four teams finished in the top 55 in last year’s RPI. I think we learned a lot from this experience and playing quality teams like we have this weekend can only help us prepare for a tough conference schedule. It is going to be nice playing at home next week!”

The loss closes a three week stretch on the road for Boise State as it moves to 5-4 overall. Next up for the Broncos are the first home matches of the fall when they host the Boise State Invitational this Thursday through Saturday featuring Portland State, UC Davis, No. 19 Santa Clara and Arizona State.

Boise State’s leaders against Missouri were Sierra Nobley and Maddy O’Donnell. Nobley tallied 18 points on 15 kills, one service ace and four block assists, to go with eight digs. She also moved into seventh place on the Boise State career kills list after this weekend recording 144 to move her total to 1,090.

O’Donnell was next versus the Tigers with 13 points on 10 kills, one service ace and four block assists, she also had four digs.

Freshman Janell Walley continues to play solid in her debut season recording 13 points on nine kills, two service aces and four block assists, in addition to seven digs. Walley was alos named to the Idaho State Invitational All-Tournament Team. Kaitlyn Oliver added 10.5 points on eight kills and five block assists.

Cassedi Simon, starting in her second match, dished out a career-high 41 assists as the Broncos hit 20.4 percent. She added one kill, seven digs and one block assist.

The blue and orange tallied 49 kills on 44 assists to go with five service aces, 49 digs and nine blocks. After hitting 19.8 percent in the first two sets, the Broncos turned it around in the final two hitting 28.9 percent, including a match-best 37.5 percent in the third set.

Missouri finished the day hitting 25.9 percent as a team for 59 kills on 56 assists. The Tigers added six service aces, 52 digs and 11 blocks. Melanie Crow led Missouri with 22 kills while hitting 31.9 percent against the Broncos.

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