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Boise State Falls in Five Sets at Seattle

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Reardon leads Broncos with 10 kills and 12 blocks.

SEATTLE, Wash. - Boise State lost a heartbreaker in five sets 25-22, 24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 Tuesday night at Seattle University ending the Broncos' five match win streak. After dropping the first set, Boise State rallied to win the next two to take the lead. Unfortunately in a match that was tightly contested to the end, momentum swung against Boise State as the Redhawks rallied to win the final two sets  and the match. Brittany Reardon led the Broncos with 10 kills and a career-high 12 blocks followed by Liz Harden with 17 kills and three blocks. The loss drops Boise State to 6-5 on the year with a trip to Tucson, Ariz., on the slate for this weekend.

The night opened with a close first set that saw the teams trade five leads to go with 10 ties before Seattle rallied from four down to win 25-22. Boise State slowly pulled out to a 20-16 advantage when the Redhawks came back with five straight points to take a 21-20 lead. Seattle eventually won by out scoring the Broncos 9-2 down the stretch. Gammel had five kills in the set to lead Boise State.

Boise State pulled even winning a hard fought set two by a 26-24 score. The Broncos opened the second set by running out to a 10-5 lead only to see the Redhawks rally again. Down four at 16-12, Seattle played its way back into the set taking a 20-19 lead. With the pressure on the Broncos not to fall behind by two sets, they counter attacked taking the set 26-24, tying the match at one all heading into the break. Harden and Taylor Murphey each had four kills for the Broncos.

The third set saw the Broncos open with the same energy as the second, running out to a 10-4 advantage, this time they would not relinquish the lead. Boise State kept Seattle at bay maintaining a three to six point lead most of the way. The Redhawks attempted to rally late cutting a 21-15 lead to two at 21-19. Boise State held Seattle off for the win but not before the Redhawks closed to within one at 24-23.

Seattle took the lead early in the fourth set maintaining a two-to-three point lead. The Redhawks broke a 12-10 advantage into a 15-10 lead midway through the set. Down five, Boise State rallied tying the score at 19 but could never gain the lead. Seattle responded with three consecutive points and eventually won the fourth frame 25-22.

The fifth set went back and forth with seven ties and three lead changes before Seattle gained the advantage up 12-9. Down three points Boise State rallied to tie the score at 12, forcing the Redhawks to call a timeout. Seattle regrouped following the break to hold off the Broncos, out scoring them 3-1 to claim the 15-13 set win and a 3-2 match victory.   

Reardon had an outstanding night for Boise State hitting .500 percent with 10 kills and a career-high 12 kills, tying for the second-most all-time in Bronco history. Harden led the team in kills with 17 while hitting .275 percent. Gammel recorded 13 kills, 12 digs and three blocks, while Fiona Jones chipped in 12 kills, nine digs and five blocks. Sophomore Taylor Murphey contributed 10 kills and six blocks. Casey Rose added a season-high 31 assists, two short of her personal record, Sarah Baugh followed with 28. Defensively, Kersti Whitney led Boise State with 26 digs.

Boise State finished the night hitting .265 percent for the match, the Broncos hit .353 in the fifth set. The blue and orange also had 67 kills, 64 assists, four aces, 65 digs and a season-high 16.5 blocks. Seattle U. hit .276 percent for the night with 72 kills, 69 assists, five aces, 77 digs and 6.5 blocks. Kaytlyn Dill led the Redhawks with 27 kills and three blocks, Karina Miastkowska and Karli Pedone each had 18 kills.

The Broncos will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the Arizona Desert Classic where they will play American, Arizona and UC Irvine, respectively.