Kaitlyn Oliver, 10 kills and seven blocks.
Sept. 12, 2015
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DENTON, Texas (9/12/2015) - Boise State used a balanced offensive effort to claim its second win in Texas on the weekend with a sweep over the Houston Cougars in the Broncos’ second match at the North Texas Invitational on Saturday in Denton. Kaitlyn Oliver led the team with 10 kills and a season-high seven blocks, followed by Sierra Nobley with a team-high 12 kills and Maddy O’Donnell with nine as the Broncos rolled past Houston in three sets. The victory is the fourth straight for Boise State who improved to 5-3 with the win. The Broncos will go for the North Texas Invitational title later this afternoon against Abilene Christian.
“I am happy with the way we came out to start the match after playing the late contest last night,” said coach Garus. “We had a solid team effort in this victory jumping on Houston from the start. Kaitlyn (Oliver) continues to improve with each match, while Sierra (Nobley), Maddy O’Donnell and Sarah (Baugh) continue to be stabilizing factors for this team, their leadership has been big. We need to keep building on this run of success we are on right now, four straight victories!”
This is the eighth straight match this season that Nobley has led Boise State in kills and 11th consecutive time dating back to the final three contests of 2014. The sophomore outside hitter finished the match hitting a solid 41.7 percent with only two errors. She added two assists, two services aces, nine digs and one block against the Cougars.
Oliver continues to impress with each match finishing the Houston encounter hitting a career-high 62.5 percent for the 10 kills, she made no hitting errors in the contest. She also had the team and season-high seven blocks.
Maddy O’Donnell chipped in nine kills while hitting 50 percent versus the Cougars. She added one dig and two blocks as well.
Senior setter Sarah Baugh had five kills, team-high 35 assists, team and career-high four services aces and team-second-best four blocks.
Defensively, Maddi Osburn led the team with 14 digs followed by Nobley’s nine and Baugh’s seven.
The Broncos finished the match hitting 32.7 percent for 45 kills to go with 39 assists, seven service aces, 40 digs and nine blocks.
Boise State recorded a season-best defensive effort in holding Houston to 8.8 percent hitting in the match. The Cougars tallied 29 kills, 28 assists, three service aces, 39 digs and five blocks. They were led by Brookah Palmer with 14 kills and two blocks, followed by Hunter Wise with eight kills and one block.
Boise State opened Saturday strong claiming the first two sets without ever trailing against the Cougars. The Broncos led by as many as eight points twice during the set, including the final victory margin of 25-17.
The second set was tight initially before the Broncos turned a 9-7 lead into a 15-8 advantage on a 6-1 run to take control. Boise State then cruised to the win recording the final eight points of the frame to win going away 25-11 to go up 2-0 in the match score.
The Blue and Orange experienced its lone deficit of the match for three points in the third set. The Broncos were down 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before taking control of the final frame. They used a small 5-1 run to take the lead for good up 7-4. Though the set remained close throughout, Boise State eventually claimed the sweep over the Cougars with a 25-22 win.