Maddi Osburn had 37 digs, third most in program history.
Sept. 11, 2015
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DENTON, Texas (9/11/2015) - Sierra Nobley recorded a season-high 26 kills Friday night to lead Boise State to a tough five-set 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10 win on the road at North Texas. The match was one of swings in momentum and rallies before the Broncos held off a pesky North Texas Eagles squad on the first day of the North Texas Invitational.
"Great road win for the Broncos," said coach Shawn Garus. "Sierra (Nobley) had another big offensive match but her defense was exceptional. Reece brought a lot of energy with huge kills and timely blocking. Quick turnaround with a 6-1 Houston team in the morning. We will need a more balanced offense to keep the winning streak going."
The win improves Boise State to 4-3 overall with an active three-match win streak. The Broncos will look to extend that streak tomorrow when they face both Houston at 12 p.m. (Mountain) and Abilene Christian at 3:30 p.m. on the final day of the tournament in Denton, Texas.
The first, second and fourth sets saw the winner rally from at least five points down to push the contest to a decisive fifth set. Unfortunately, the Broncos were victims of two of the rallies as they lost leads in the first and fourth frames. Even with momentum swinging towards the Eagles following the fourth, Boise State jumped out to an early lead in the decisive fifth set and never relinquished it as the Broncos claimed the win 15-10.
Nobley recorded her first double-double of the season on a season-high 26 kills and career-high 20 digs. She hit 28.4 percent and added two blocks to her stat line as she tallied 27 points in the contest. The sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., had a big night including four big kills in the fifth set to lead the Broncos to the win.
Maddy O'Donnell hit a team-best 35.3 percent for eight kills and added two services aces, two digs and season-high six blocks.
Freshman Reece Carman finished with a season-high 10 kills and one block. Kaitlyn Oliver followed with six kills and three blocks. Sarah Baugh dished out a season-high 52 assists in guiding the Boise State offense.
Defensively, the Broncos racked up a season-high 91 digs including 37 by sophomore Maddi Osburn, the third most in program history. Nobley was second in digs with her 20 while Hannah Hubbard added 13.
The Broncos defeated the Eagles hitting a season-low 17.2 percent for 54 kills. The Blue and Orange also had 54 assists, a season-high eight service aces and nine blocks.
Boise State's defense held North Texas (4-5, 1-0 CUSA) to 14.1 percent hitting and 61 kills. In addition, the Eagles tallied 56 assists, seven services aces, 87 digs and nine blocks. UNT was led by Carnae Dillard with 21 kills and three blocks, followed by Amanda Chamberlain with 14 kills and four blocks.
Boise State opened the first set by taking a 11-7 lead early. The Broncos then fell victim to a 7-1 UNT run to take a 14-12 advantage. The Eagles then kept the pressure up extending their lead to seven points at one point as North Texas claimed the opening set 25-19.
The Broncos rallied from six points down, 16-10, in set two with a 10-2 run to take a 20-18 advantage. The Eagles came back to tie the score at 21 before Boise State put the set away with four-straight points, including the clincher by Nobley.
The Blue and Orange led the entire way in set three eventually winning the frame 25-19 to take a 2-1 match lead.
Set four saw the Broncos race out to an 8-1 lead, only to see UNT rally to take a 13-12 advantage. Boise State responded with a 5-1 run to take a 17-14 lead. The Eagles came back again tying it at 18, 19 and 20, eventually taking the lead at 21-20 then held off the Broncos for a 25-22 set victory.
UNT took a 1-0 lead in the decisive fifth set, but the Broncos quickly claimed the advantage and then slowly pulled away stretching their lead out to six points 13-7. Boise State claimed the match with a 15-10 victory in set five.