Boise State Shocks No. 17 Santa Clara
Sept. 16, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State volleyball swept two matches by 3-1 scores on Friday at the Boise State Invitational, including an upset on 17th-ranked Santa Clara 25-21, 25-19, 15-25, 25-19 in the night cap. Earlier in the day Boise State defeated UC Davis 25-12, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23. The win versus Santa Clara is the first ever victory over a nationally ranked opponent for Boise State as the Broncos improved to 8-4 overall and extended their home win streak to eight dating back to last year.

“I think getting our first win over a top-25 program is huge. We did not talk about that coming into this match, but I kind of knew that in the back of my mind,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “I knew what was on the line, it was an incredible feat. I give our setter Jaymee-Lee (Bulda) a ton of credit who came in off the bench after not playing in the last week. She gave our team a ton of confidence and we played great all night.”

“It was big for us to be able to close out three close sets against a ranked team in Santa Clara,” Garus said. “We’ve had trouble at times this year on the road in closing out matches. We would hit 20 points and then just stall out. I was worried it was going to happen again in the fourth set tonight against Santa Clara when they made that run to close within one, but it was good for us to work through that and end up on the winning side. I am really proud of the team and the way we played tonight.”

Sierra Nobley led the Broncos on the day with 31 points on 27 kills, one service ace and six block assists. She added four assists and 20 digs during the two match stretch. Nobley recorded a team-high 15 kills with nine digs and four blocks in the win over UC Davis. The native of Scottsdale, Ariz., then followed that up with her seventh double-double of the year against Santa Clara on 12 kills and 11 digs. She ended that contest with 14 points adding one service ace and two block assists to her kill total.

Sabryn Roberts had a strong day as well tallying a combined 29.5 points on 27 kills and five block assists. In the victory over UC Davis, she had 11 kills, four digs and two blocks, while recording a season and team-high 16 kills in the win over Santa Clara to go with three blocks and three digs.

Maddy O’Donnell finished the day with 27.5 points off 23 kills, one block solo and seven block assists. The lone senior had 12 kills while hitting 43.5 percent against UC Davis and had seven digs and three blocks. In the Santa Clara contest O’Donnell hit 42.9 percent for 11 kills to go with two digs and five blocks.

Kaitlyn Oliver contributed 25.5 points on the day off 20 kills, one block solo and nine block assists. The junior middle blocker hit a team-best 47.8 percent versus UC Davis with 12 kills and six blocks. She added eight kills and four blocks in the win over Santa Clara.

Boise State used freshman Cassedi Simon at setter in the win over UC Davis in the afternoon when she recorded her second-consecutive double-double on 44 assists and 11 digs. She also had three kills , two service aces and one block.

Against Santa Clara the Broncos went with the holder Jaymee-Lee Bulda, a junior. She dished out 45 assists and added five kills, one service ace and four digs.

Defensively on the day Boise State was led by Maddi Osburn with a combined total of 40 digs, 21 against UC Davis and 19 in the night cap. Freshman Janell Walley was also solid along the back line with 30 digs during the two matches to go with 11 kills, three service aces, five assists and four blocks.

Boise State hit 21.9 percent against UC Davis for 57 kills off 52 assists, in addition the Broncos had eight service aces, 72 digs and nine blocks. UC Davis countered at 14 percent hitting for 40 kills on 35 assists to go with five aces, 62 digs and 11 blocks.

In the late match Boise State hit 23.8 percent against Santa Clara for 59 kills on 53 assists. The Broncos added seven service aces, 58 digs and nine blocks. SCU hit 21.5 percent for 45 kills on 42 assists and tallied six service aces, 57 digs and six blocks.

Next up is the Arizona Sun Devils (7-4) at noon Saturday in Bronco Gym.


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