Kaitlyn Oliver had a career-high 18 kills.
Sept. 18, 2015
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (9/18/2015) - Despite a balanced offensive effort Boise State volleyball came up short Friday afternoon in Phoenix, Ariz., as the Broncos fell 3-1 to Northern Arizona on the first day of the Grand Canyon University Invitational. Kaitlyn Oliver, Sierra Nobley and Sabryn Roberts combined for 52 of the Broncos' 68 kills but it was not enough as the Lumberjacks rallied from an opening set defeat to take the match with three straight wins 21-25, 34-32, 25-18, 25-23.
The loss snapped Boise State's five-match win streak as the Blue and Orange fell to 6-4 overall. The Broncos will continue play in Grand Canyon University Invitational at Phoenix over the next two days as they face UC Riverside Saturday and Grand Canyon on Sunday.
Kaitlyn Oliver led the Broncos hitting 34.3 percent to record a career-high 18 kills against NAU, The redshirt-sophomore added one dig and team-high three blocks on the day.
Sierra Nobley playing in front of family and friends from down the road in Scottsdale finished with her second double-double of the year on 17 kills and 13 digs to go with three assists and a season-high four services aces.
Freshman Sabryn Roberts continues to improve each week recording a career-high 17 kills while hitting a season-high 31.6 percent. She also added three digs and one block to her stat line.
Maddy O'Donnell hit 30 percent to contributed 10 kills along with one block.
Senior setter Sarah Baugh notched her fourth double-double of the season and 10th of her career on 59 assists and 11 digs, she added four kills, one service ace and one block.
Defensively, Hannah Hubbard led Boise State with a season-high 21 digs, in addition to two service aces. Maddi Osburn followed with 17 digs.
Boise State finished the contest hitting 24 percent while recording season-highs for kills and assists with 68 and 64, respectively. The Broncos also tallied seven service aces, 75 digs and four blocks.
NAU was led by Janae Vander Ploeg with 21 kills and 11 digs to record the double-double. She was followed by Lauren Jacobsen with her own double-double on 12 kills and 13 digs.
As a team the Lumberjacks hit 33.5 percent with 68 kills, 65 assists, five service aces, 70 digs and six blocks.
Boise State opened the match by winning the first set 25-21 pulling out late in the match for the win. The Broncos had a chance to take a commanding led up 24-21 with three set points in the second frame, but could not put the set away eventually falling 34-32. The second set saw 12 ties and six lead changes before being decided.
The third set saw the Broncos keep it close initially but trailed the entire way. NAU slowly pulled away midway through to take a seven-point win 25-18.
The fourth set was once again a battle with eight ties and two lead changes. The Lumberjacks pulled out to a 23-19 lead only to see the Broncos rally to tie the score at 23. Unfortunately, that was all Boise State had as NAU put the match away with a 25-23 set four victory.