Broncos Win Home Opener Over Vikings
Sept. 15, 2016


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BOISE, Idaho (Sept. 15, 2016) - Sierra Nobley led Boise State with her sixth double-double of the season on 16 kills and 10 digs as the Broncos rallied from one set down to defeat Portland State 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17) in the home opener at Bronco Gym. After dropping the first set by three points, Boise State regrouped to sweep the final three sets and claim the win.

The first three periods were tight decided by a combined nine points as the two teams traded nine leads and were tied 26 times. Down 21-19 in set three, Boise State rallied past the Vikings for a big 25-23 win that swung momentum to the blue and orange. The Broncos then took that surge and cruised to an eight-point set four victory to clinch the match.

“A win is a win. I’m excited to get that first w at home,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “I think we had a lot of nerves early and that Portland State did a nice job tactically. I thought they came out and tried to take away some of our quick attacks which was working for them. But I like to see that we were able to execute in a close game and were able to win a close third set to take that 2-1 lead. I am happy we won and think we will play better tomorrow.”  

The win was Boise State’s sixth-consecutive home victory dating back to last year. The Broncos will take their 6-4 overall record into the second day of the Boise State Invitational Friday afternoon when the blue and orange faces UC Davis (5-5) at 2:30 p.m. and No. 17 Santa Clara (9-0) at 7:30 p.m.

During the contest Nobley added one assist, one service ace and two block assists to her double-double, finishing with a team-best 18.0 points.

Kaitlyn Oliver followed Nobley with 10 kills and a big defensive night at the net recording a season-high seven block assists to finish with 13.5 points against the Vikings.

It was also a big night for two freshmen as they debuted before the home fans. Cassedi Simon earning her third start at setter recorded her first career double-double on 42 assists and 10 digs ─ both career highs ─ to go with one kill and four block assists.

Meanwhile, Janell Walley starting her 10th-straight contest at outside hitter just missed her first double-double tallying nine kills and 14 digs ─ tying her career highs for both categories ─ to go along with one assist and two block assists.

“I am proud of Cassedi for getting her first double-double,” Said Garus. “I think she had a lot of nerves early, but this was her third match as a starter and we needed to get a win with her at the helm and we did. I think it’s a testament to how hard she worked this week during practice to get herself ready and help this team be successful.”  

Maddy O’Donnell finished the night with 9.5 points on five kills, two service aces, one block solo and three block assists, she also had five digs.

“I think it was a really good match for us and it was nice to have a great crowd for our home opener,” said O’Donnell. “I think we had a couple people come out and have really good nights on the court. It was great to see Oli (Kaitlyn Oliver) blocked the other team off the court and it was fun to have our freshman setter Cassedi Simon run the show in our home gym.”
Sabryn Roberts added 9.0 points on seven kills, one block solo and two block assists.

Maddi Osburn, the fifth-ranked player in the NCAA for digs per set, added a team-high 19 digs to lead the Boise State defensive efforts on the back line.

On the night, Boise State tallied 48 kills on 45 assists, as well as seven service aces, 66 digs and season-high 12 blocks.

Portland State countered with 53 kills on 51 assists, in addition to five service aces, 77 digs and 8.5 blocks. Pati Anae led two Vikings in double-figure kills with 14 to go with 18 digs as she notched a double-double, followed by Sarah Brennan with 13 kills and four blocks.

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