Broncos Open MW with Sweep

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BOISE, Idaho - Sabryn Roberts (14), Kiley Lewis (12) and Janell Walley (11) combined for 37 of the Broncos’ 47 kills to lead Boise State to a sweep in the Mountain West Conference opener against visiting Fresno State Thursday night. It was a solid performance by the Broncos who hit 29.7 percent in the victory as Boise State improved to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in league.

The Broncos dominated set one before having to battle hard to win the second and third in tightly contested sets. Laney Hayes hit 54.5 percent on the night for seven kills, while Walley hit 40 percent and Lewis 30.4 percent.

Boise State stormed to a dominating win in set one defeating the Bulldogs 25-14 while hitting a impressive 38.7 percent. Roberts led the blue and orange with seven kills while hitting 40 percent in the set, freshman Kiley Lewis added four kills.

The second set was a test for the Broncos as the Bulldogs led by as many as six points early at 14-8. Down six, Boise State regrouped behind Walley (3), Roberts (2) and Lewis (2) who led the Broncos back with a 8-4 rally to close within 18-16. Fresno State then committed four straight hitting errors, the last was on a Roberts block that made it Boise State 20-18. Walley completed the rally by recording the decisive kill to give the Broncos a come from behind 25-23 victory.

After Fresno State scored the first point of the third set, Boise State took control and led the rest of the way. The Broncos led by five points a couple of times early at 9-4 and 11-6. The Bulldogs trailed by six (23-17) before rolling of 4-0 run late to close within 23-21 forcing the Broncos to call timeout. After a Fresno State service error gave Boise State match point at 24-21, Lewis put it away with a smashing kill on a Bulldog overpass.

Boise State will return to action at home on Saturday when the Broncos host San Diego State at 2 p.m. in Bronco Gym. The Aztecs lost in four at Utah State tonight and will bring a 6-8 overall record and 0-1 league mark into Saturday’s contest versus the Broncos.


Head Coach Shawn Garus

On starting Mountain West play with a sweep . . .

“I was proud of the overall team effort. I thought a lot of people contributed, even if we were just asking them to come in and make a tough serve, or come in and block a ball. I just felt like that was a good growth match for our team. We didn’t come in firing on all cylinders, but we were still able to get the win.”

On the impact depth will have on the season . . .

“I think that if we can continue to get production off our bench, it can take some pressure off of our kids that have to carry a huge load. You know everyone is gunning for you, you know you’re getting their best effort, you know everyone wants to knock off the defending champions. If we can get a decent amount of production from our kids, I think it just allows us to attack other teams as a whole team, not just one or two players.”

On who he thought played well tonight . . .

“I thought Jensen Allen did a great job coming in and serving, that helped us a lot. We were serving against a rotation that was pretty tough for us tonight. She did a nice job getting the other team out of the system. I like what the middles are doing with their blocking, they’re doing a nice job keying on certain hitters and slowing them down. Overall just a nice team effort. Obviously Kiley (Lewis) did a good job tonight as a starter. She’s just a freshman, so what an exciting upside for her.”

Senior Sabryn Roberts

On starting Mountain West play with a sweep . . .

“I think we played alright against Fresno State, the sweep is good, but we just need to play steady and not to high, not too low.”

Freshman Kiley Lewis

On starting Mountain West play with a sweep . . .

“For our first conference game, I thought everyone came out really focused, and our defense was really good. Jaymee (Bulda) did a really good job of locating the balls to the pins in the middle, and getting everyone involved. I thought it was a good start to conference.”

On her increased playing time . . .

“I just came in and focused on my passing and hitting, and trying to hit high off the hands.”


Player of the Match: Janell Walley was the Broncos’ Player of the Match. The sophomore hit 40 percent for 11 kills to go with one assist and six digs. She played a key role in the second set rally from six points down tallying three of the kills during the run, in addition, to tallying the set clinching point. She tied for the team-high in kills in the second set with five and the third set with four.

Going for the Record: Maddi Osburn did not get the Boise State career digs record tonight recording a team-high 13 against the Bulldogs. But she is sitting real nice for Saturday just eight short (1,483) of tying the record of 1,491.

Leader of the Pack: Sabryn Roberts tallied a team-high 14 kills while hitting 21.1 percent to go with two block solos and five digs.

First Action: Jensen Allen saw her first career action for Boise State against the Bulldogs tonight. The native of Brea, Calif., came in primarily to serve and play defense tallying one service ace and a dig.

Moving Up the Charts: Senior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda became the 12th Bronco in history to reach the 1,600 career assists milestone recording a team-high 38 against Fresno State to put her at 1,610.


Fresno State at Boise State
Sept. 21, 2017 at Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)

Boise State def. Fresno State 25-14,25-23,25-21

Fresno State (5-8, 0-1 MW) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Slover, Taylor 10-0-3; Folk, Aubrey 8-0-0; Hefner, Brielle 5-0-2; Watson, Haile 3-0-2; Torres, Lauren 3-0-2; Vider, Gertu 1-0-1; Lostumo, Sydney 1-1-1; Totals 31-1-6.0. (Assists) - Lostumo, Sydney 29. (Dig leaders)- Hutcheson, Jacque 9; Lostumo, Sydney 6

Boise State (8-5, 1-0 MW) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Roberts, Sabryn 14-0-2; Lewis, Kiley 12-0-0; Walley, Janell 11-0-0; Hayes, Laney 7-0-1; Christensen, Celine 1-0-0; Leake, Keri 1-0-0; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 1-0-1; Allen, Jensen 0-1-0; Osburn, Maddi 0-1-0; Totals 47-2-3.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 38. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 13; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 6

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