Sarah Baugh dished out 70 assists, tied for 8th most in program history.
Sept. 26, 2015
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (9/26/2015) - Boise State volleyball battled to the end Saturday afternoon coming just short of upsetting 19th-ranked Colorado State on the road in Fort Collins. Boise State had never won a set versus Colorado State in 10 previous matches, today the Broncos won two and took six-time defending Mountain West champion CSU to five sets before falling 19-25, 28-26, 22-25, 25-21, 15-12 at Moby Arena in front of 1,660 hostile fans.
“I am proud of the way we played this afternoon taking the defending champs to five sets,” said coach Shawn Garus. “We came out strong from the beginning and had our chances against a nationally ranked opponent. We just could not get it done today against such an experienced team.”
“That is a very good offensive team and we had no answer for some of their players today,” commented Colorado State head coach Tom Hilbert. “My hat is off to them they are a great team. I am happy to win this, they are one of the top teams in the conference.”
The loss means the Broncos fell to 8-6 overall and 0-2 in league play. After spending three-straight weeks on the road and its hardest conference road trip behind it, Boise State now returns home this week to host UNLV on Thursday and Fresno State Saturday afternoon.
Boise State had a balanced attack on Saturday against the Rams. Sierra Nobley led the Broncos attack with her third double-double of the season on a team and season-high 27 kills and 11 digs. She also added two assists and two blocks against the Rams.
Sabryn Roberts followed with a career-high 18 kills while hitting 38.5 percent to go with two digs and two blocks.
Kaitlyn Oliver hit a team-best 42.3 percent for 13 kills, in addition to a team-high four blocks. Maddy O’Donnell contributed 12 kills hitting 31.8 percent, along with two service aces, two digs and two blocks. Freshman Phoebe Bell chipped in with career-highs for kills and digs with nine and 10, respectively.
“It was a hard fought battle by both teams,” said junior Maddy O’Donnell. “We played well but just couldn’t close it out down the stretch. We are excited to play them again at home and get a big win.”
Senior setter Sarah Baugh dished out a career-high 70 assists, tied for eighth most in program history, to go with four kills, nine digs and one block. Defensively, Maddi Osburn tallied a team-high 32 digs, tied for sixth most all-time at Boise State.
Boise State opened the match by winning set one 25-19 to put the Rams on their heels. It was the first set the Broncos had ever won against the league’s traditional power who has won 12 of the 16 regular season titles.
The Broncos could have extended their lead to 2-0 having set point at 24-23 in the second frame but could not put it away as CSU rallied to win 28-26.
Boise State came out of the intermission to take an early lead in the third set, then held onto it to claim a 25-22 victory to move within one of the potential upset.
Colorado State refused to go away as the Rams rallied for a 25-21 win in the fourth set to force a decisive fifth. Boise State rallied from 3-1 down in the final set to take a 5-4 lead. The Blue and Orange held the lead to 11-10 before CSU regrouped to take the match down the stretch.
The Broncos finished the match hitting 28.4 percent for 83 kills, the second-most at Boise State during the rally scoring era (2001-present). The Blue and Orange also had 78 assists, two service aces, 75 digs and six blocks. The 78 assists ranks 10th all-time at Boise State and the most during the rally scoring era.
Colorado State finished the day hitting 32.6 percent for 69 kills. The Rams tallied 64 assists, one service ace, 73 digs and 11.5 blocks versus the Broncos. Alex Reid led CSU with 21 kills followed by Adrianna Culbert with 13.