Boise State Falls in Heartbreaker to Fresno State

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Harden led Broncos with 21 kills.

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State volleyball lost a heartbreaker to Fresno State in five sets 21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-12 Thursday night in Bronco Gym. After winning the first two sets, the Broncos watched the Bulldogs rally to win the final three, snapping Boise State's five match home win streak in the process. Liz Harden, Brittany Reardon and Alyssa Gammel combined for 49 kills but it was not enough as the Broncos lost the Mountain West opener to Fresno State and fell to 7-8 on the year.

The Broncos opened the match winning the first two sets hitting .384 percent with 33 kills and 4.5 blocks against the Bulldogs. Boise State lead most of the way during both sets holding Fresno State to .306 percent hitting. Harden led the Broncos with 10 kills followed by Reardon with eight.

Fresno State came out fired up to start the third set quickly seizing momentum and putting the Broncos on their heals. In the final three sets, Boise State found itself battling from behind the majority of the time. The Broncos stayed in the match and had their chances in each set but could not get the crucial kill when they needed it.

On the day the Broncos hit .242 percent with 67 kills, 63 assists, three aces, 68 digs and 10.5 blocks. Fresno State countered at .276 percent hitting to go with 72 kills, 66 assists, two aces, 76 digs and eight blocks. Marissa Brand led the Bulldogs with 25 kills hitting .310 percent.

Harden led Boise State with 21 kills while hitting .347 percent to go along with three blocks. Reardon hit a team-high .556 percent with 16 kills and three blocks. Alyssa Gammel was third in kills with 12 to go with 10 digs, her eighth double-double of the year. Taylor Murphey had nine kills and four blocks, while Sarah Webster recorded a team-high seven blocks. Casey Rose led in assists with 30 followed closely by Sarah Baugh with 29. Kersti Whitney led defensively with 20 digs followed by Fiona Jones with 13.

Boise State will continue its three-match homestand to open conference play this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in Bronco Gym when UNLV comes to town.