Boise State Falls 3-1 at UNLV
Sept. 22, 2016

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Maddy O’Donnell and Sierra Nobley combined for 32.5 points but it was not enough to carry Boise State over UNLV as the Broncos lost the conference opener on the road in four sets 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 28-26. The match was tightly contested throughout and Boise State had its chances including four set points in the fourth set but could not put it away as UNLV held off the Broncos for the win.

“It was a good competitive match that just didn’t go our way,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “We had some opportunities to swing momentum in our favor, but just didn’t get it done. We had four set points in the fourth set, but let it get away. You have to finish sets out when you have the chance. Overall, I thought we played hard and fought to the end against a good UNLV squad. Now we have to put this behind us and regroup for another good team Saturday in New Mexico.”

The loss snapped the Broncos’ four-match win streak and was the first defeat in seven trips to Las Vegas. Boise State fell to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in Mountain West play, while UNLV improved to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in league. Next up is a 2 p.m. encounter Saturday afternoon versus the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque.

O’Donnell had 17 points on 13 kills, one service ace, one block solo and four block assists. She hit a team-best 36 percent and had one assist and five digs against the Rebels.

Nobley followed with 15.5 points on 13 kills, one block solo and three block assists. She also recorded her ninth double-double of the season by adding 10 digs to her kills total.

Kaitlyn Oliver added 10 kills, one block solo and four block assists for 13 points. Sabryn Roberts matched the 10 kills and added six digs and two block assists.

Freshman Janell Walley tallied eight kills, one service ace, and two block assists for 10 points. She also had 13 digs against UNLV.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out 46 assists and had 11 digs to record the double-double. Maddi Osburn had a team-high 16 digs.

Boise State hit 19.1 percent as a team for 57 kills off 55 assists. The Broncos also had two service aces, 68 digs and 11 blocks.

UNLV countered at 18.4 percent hitting for 56 kills on 54 assists, to go with one service ace, 68 digs and 13 blocks. Bree Hammel led the Rebels to the win with 25 kills and three blocks.

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