Boise State Downs Arizona State 3-1
Sept. 17, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State used a balanced offensive attack to defeat the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils in four sets 25-18, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22 Saturday afternoon in Bronco Gym. Sierra Nobley impacted the match with team-highs in kills with 15 and in digs with 17 to record her eighth double-double of the season and third of the tournament. Sabryn Roberts was also a dominating force adding 14 kills in the win, while Maddy O’Donnell had 11 kills and team-high five blocks.

The win improved Boise State to 9-4 overall and was the fourth straight for the blue and orange. The victory also increased the Broncos' home win streak to nine matches dating back to 2015.

“It was a really hard fought battle against Arizona State,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “I thought they (Sun Devils) got scrappy and picked up the defense in the third set and really stressed us. I am proud of the way the team performed and was able to push through for the big win over a Pac-12 school. It was a big week for our team.”

It was an outstanding performance for Boise State during the three days of competition with numerous Broncos showing they were deserving of all-tournament honors. But in the end three stood out most, Kaitlyn Oliver was named the Boise State Invitational MVP with Roberts and freshman Janell Walley joining her on the all-tournament team.

Boise State took control early against Arizona State taking the first two sets in relatively easy fashion. ASU attempted to rally claiming the third period in extra points to force a fourth set.

With pressure mounting for both squads the fourth period went back and forth. Boise State pulled out to a 21-17 lead, then held off a ASU rally that saw the Sun Devils claw back to within one at 22-21. The Broncos regrouped to take the set culminating when Roberts sent a hard shot down the line to clinch the 25-22 set victory, handing the match to Boise State 3-1.

Nobley added two assists and three block assists to her double-double and finished with 16.5 points. Roberts hit 31.2 percent for her 14 kills and tallied one assist, five digs and one block assist to get 14.5 points versus ASU. O’Donnell hit 36.4 percent on her way to the 11 kills with one service ace, two block solos and three block assists for 15.5 total points.

“Sabryn and Sierra played really well for us on the outside all weekend,” Garus said. “They are carrying a huge load for us. They get a lot of sets out there and I thought they both played really well even though teams are keying on them. In the middle Maddy O’Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver both put up big numbers. They blocked as well as they have all year long. They were key in shutting down the opponents’ offenses early in matches which really helped us get the four wins this weekend.”

Walley hit a team-high 43.8 percent for eight kills to go with one assist, two service aces, 13 digs and four block assists. Oliver chipped in seven kills and four block assists.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda got the start at setter where she dished out 52 assists while adding four kills, one ace, seven digs and one block assist. Maddi Osburn added 14 digs to help defensively.

Boise State finished the match hitting 27.2 percent as a team with 59 kills on 58 assists. The Broncos also had five service aces, 66 digs and 10 blocks in the win.

Arizona State hit 19.6 percent for 52 kills on 49 assists with four service aces, 74 digs and eight blocks. Cassidy Pickrell led the Sun Devils with 17 kills followed by Oluoma Okaro with 15 and Maya McClendon with 10 kills and 10 digs for the double-double.


Boise State Invitational All-Tournament Team

MVP - Kaitlyn Oliver (BSU)
Lauren Matias (UCD)
Lauren Jackson (UCD)
Pati Anae (PSU)
Oluoma Okaro (ASU)
Nikki Hess (SCU)

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