Broncos Sweep Idaho State

Sept. 16, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Sierra Nobley (15) and Janell Walley (11) combined for 26 of Boise State's 41 kills to lead the Broncos past instate-rival Idaho State in three 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 to close the Boise State Classic Saturday night.

The Broncos rebounded from a disappointing loss in the morning to Oregon State by getting a sweep over the Bengals to close the weekend. The match was a battle throughout with 27 ties and eight lead changes with the largest lead of the match being five late in the third set by the Broncos.

Nobley led Boise State with a team-high 15 kills and just missed her eighth double-double finishing with nine digs, one assist, one service ace and one block.

Set one was tight throughout with the largest lead being three by Boise State late in the period. Tied at 23, back-to-back ISU errors gave the Broncos the victory 25-23. Walley recorded five of her 11 kills in the opening set.

In another battle, Boise State maintained a lead in set two until midway through the period when ISU rallied with a 5-0 run to go up three at 19-16. The Broncos regrouped and rolled off a 7-0 run to regain control before putting it away outscoring the Bengals 9-2 down the stretch to win 25-21. Nobley led the Broncos in the second period tallying four kills and one block.

Set three went back and forth as well with 11 ties and two lead changes. The largest lead was two points, by both teams, until midway through the set when the Broncos broke a 16-16 tie with a kill from Walley to spark a 7-2 run by Boise State to take a match-high five-point 23-18 lead. Nobley scored six of the Broncos' final eight points down the stretch, including the final five to put it away.

Boise State finished the night hitting 19 percent for 41 kills off 39 assists, to go with a season-high seven service aces, 44 digs and six blocks. Meanwhile, Idaho State was held to 15.9 percent hitting for 33 kills on 32 assists with two aces, 43 digs and six blocks.

The win closed nonconference play for Boise State who improved to 7-5 overall. The Broncos head into Mountain West Conference play next week with a pair of home matches versus Fresno State and San Diego State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.


Head Coach Shawn Garus

On rebounding from the Oregon State loss . . .

"I think we needed a little bit of a gut check. Our performance against Oregon State was not good. Nobody was happy, and we needed a response. The response was to come out and get a 3-0 win against our in-state rival. I'm proud of our girls for that. There's no looking back - we're looking forward now to conference."

On what allowed Boise State to sweep Idaho State . . .

"I feel like we didn't serve tough against Oregon State. We had zero aces in our match, and also zero errors, which means we just didn't apply any pressure. We came out serving tough. We had a few errors, but we also put them in some really difficult situations, and that really helped our blocking."

On looking forward to Mountain West play . . .

"I feel like everyone in the Mountain West has had a good, solid win or two. They've all shown some up-side. Obviously Colorado State has had a lot of great wins, but I think every match is going to be good. Every match will be critical for us, and we can not overlook anybody. We'll stress that all week in practice. We're fortunate to start conference play at home next week, Thursday and Saturday, with good opponents."

Sophomore Outside Hitter Janell Walley

On her thoughts about Boise State's play during the tournament . . .

"I thought we battled so hard against Minnesota. Everyone knows that we were the underdog, and we came out and showed them that we can compete with them and play at that high level. Obviously this morning against Oregon State we didn't play as well as we should have, but we came back and beat Idaho State in three and showed that we can do that."

On playing a high intensity match Friday night then coming back Saturday against Oregon State . . .

"As a team, I think we were just living on that energy and just hoping that would push us through. Obviously it didn't. I'm glad that we were able to come back and get the win against Idaho State.

On what the team focused on between Saturday's matches . . .

"We talked about being prepared for every point, and making sure everyone communicated with everybody. We're prepared ourselves in ways that would help us get us to that three set sweep."


Player of the Match: Sierra Nobley was named the Boise State Player of the Match recording a team-high 15 kills including six of the Broncos final eight points to clinch the victory. She just missed a double-double finishing with a team-second-best nine digs.

All-Tournament Team: Walley followed with 11 kills while hitting a team-best 52.9 percent to go with two assists, eight digs and one block. The sophomore from Yucaipa, Calif., was named to the Boise State Classic All-Tournament Team.

Double-Digits: Sierra Nobley tallied double-digit kills for the 76th-consecutive contest and 12th-straight match this season recording a team-high 15.

Extending Records: Sierra Nobley has extended her Boise State and MW career kills record out to 1,677, while stretching her school career point record to 1,877.5.

Defensive Leader: For the 12th time this season Maddi Osburn led the Boise State defensive efforts along the back line tallying a team-high 18 digs. Osburn now has a career total of 1,470 leaving her 21 short of tying the school record of 1,491.

Dishing it Out: Senior Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out a team-high 32 assists in the victory.

First Career Start: Freshman Keri Leake earned her first career start at Boise State recording three kills and one block.

Back in the Starting Lineup: Freshman Kiley Lewis returned to the starting lineup versus Idaho State, her fourth start, tallying four kills and a career-high four blocks.

Boise State Classic All-Tournament Team: Alexis Hart (UM) MVP, Stephanie Samedy (UM), Samantha Seliger-Swenson (UM), Maddie Goings (OSU), Mary-Kate Marshall (OSU), Janell Walley (BSU), Haylie Keck (ISU)


Idaho State at Boise State
Boise State Classic
Sept. 16, 2017 at Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)

Boise State def. Idaho State 25-23,25-21,25-20

Idaho State (3-10) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Hirst, Chloe 10-0-0; Garrity, Abby 6-0-3; Pehrson, Brooke 5-1-3; Dance, Marissa 5-1-1; Meeks, Taylor 4-0-2; Van Every, Ashlyn 3-0-2; Totals 33-2-6.0. (Assists) - Van Every, Ashlyn 15; Lundin, Makayla 11. (Dig leaders) - Keck, Haylie 11; Garrity, Abby 10; Hirst, Chloe 9

Boise State (7-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 15-1-1; Walley, Janell 11-0-1; Hayes, Laney 6-0-5; Lewis, Kiley 4-1-4; Leake, Keri 3-0-1; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 2-3-0; Simon, Maddie 0-1-0; Osburn, Maddi 0-1-0; Totals 41-7-6.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 32. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 18; Nobley, Sierra 9; Walley, Janell 8

Attend: 668 Time: 1:30

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