Broncos Rally to Win 3-2 at New Mexico
Sept. 24, 2016

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Maddy O’Donnell and Sierra Nobley recorded double-doubles to lead Boise State as the Broncos rallied from one set down to defeat New Mexico for the first time ever in Albuquerque, 1-4 all-time. Nobley notched her 10th double-double of the season - second of the weekend - on 21 kills and 16 digs, both team highs, to go with two blocks; while O’Donnell tallied her first of the season on 10 kills and a career-high 14 digs, in addition to four digs. The five-set victory 25-14, 17-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-8 improved Boise State to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in Mountain West play, while New Mexico matches the Broncos also moving to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in conference.

“I am very proud of the way our team fought at times tonight,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “The second set was something we need to learn from but the fourth and fifth sets were impressive. Laney Hayes and Maddy O’Donnell made some big adjustments throughout the match to help us earn the critical road victory. I’m excited to get home for two big matches next week.”

After taking the first set over the Lobos, momentum swung towards the home team as New Mexico came back to take the second and third sets for a 2-1 lead.

Facing a must win situation the Broncos rallied. First Boise State had to fight off defeat facing match point down 24-23 to the Lobos in the fourth set. The Broncos regrouped and stormed back off a Nobley kill, then a Maddi Osburn service ace, followed by Nobley putting it away with a kill for a 26-24 set victory to force the fifth.

The Broncos rolled to start the decisive winner-takes-all fifth set by racing out to a quick 6-1 lead. Boise State then stretched the advantage to seven points at 11-4. UNM rallied with three straight points before Boise State put it away with a Kaitlyn Oliver and Sierra Nobley block to clinch the set 15-8 and match 3-2.

Nobley finished the match with 23 points overall, while O’Donnell was third in scoring with 15 total points. Sabryn Roberts was sandwiched in between the two with 18.5 points on 17 kills, one block solo and one block assist.

Oliver added eight kills and four block solos for 12 points. Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out a team-high 48 assists to go with two kills and eight digs. Maddi Osburn chipped in a team-second-best 15 digs.

On the day, Boise State hit 20.5 percent as a team for 59 kills off 56 assists, to go with nine service aces, 64 digs and a season-high 13 blocks.

New Mexico countered by hitting 20.1 percent as team for 58 kills on 54 assists. The Lobos added four service aces, 62 digs and nine blocks. Cassie House led UNM with 18 kills and three blocks, followed by Devanne Sours with 16 kills and two blocks.

Next up for Boise State is a tow-match homestand this coming week versus San Diego State at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Nevada at 2 p.m. on Saturday.


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