Broncos Rally for Dominating Win at UNM
Sept. 28, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - After a slow start dropping set one 25-21 at New Mexico, Boise State came to life and dominated, rolling past the Lobos in the final three periods by an average of 13.3 points per set to win 21-25, 25-8, 25-12 and 25-15.
After hitting just 4.2 percent and losing by four in the opening set, Boise State kicked it into gear hitting 50 percent in the second stanza - making only on hitting error in the period - to go with 33.3 percent in the third and 25.6 percent in the fourth.
The Broncos finished the contest hitting 23.9 percent while holding the Lobos to a -2.1 percent, a season-low for a Boise State opponent. Credit the Broncos’ defense for a lot of UNM’s hitting problems as the blue and orange tallied a season-high 17 blocks on the night.
The first set was close throughout with four points being the largest margin in the period. But the Lobos held on to take the early lead with a 25-21 win.
The second set was complete domination by the Broncos who won by 17 points behind solid hitting and committing only one hitting error. Roberts led the way wit a team-high six kills on 10 attacks in the set.
Set three was almost as impressive as the Broncos led throughout and hit 33.3 percent while making only two hitting errors in the period versus UNM.
Boise State struggled a little bit hitting in the fourth set and trailed New Mexico early on. Down 5-2 in the set, the Broncos regrouped and rolled off an 8-0 run to suck the wind out of the Lobos who never really threatened after that. Boise State put the match away by extending the 8-0 run out to 15-3 to claim a commanding nine point advantage at 17-8, eventually winning the period by 10 points at 25-15.
Boise State has lost just one set in the last four matches, all wins, as the Broncos improved to 10-5 overall and remain undefeated and tied for first in MW play at 3-0. New Mexico falls to 9-6 on the year and 1-2 in league. Boise State has now won four straight matches over the Lobos.
Next up for the blue and orange is a trip to Las Vegas for a 4 p.m. (Mountain) encounter Saturday afternoon against the UNLV Rebels at Cox Pavilion.
WHAT THEY SAID
Head Coach Shawn Garus
On the team’s overall play . . .
“I’m extremely happy with how the team came back after losing the first set. We started slow but fought back very hard in the last three sets and really controlled things out there on the floor. The last three sets we played really hard and got a big road win over a good New Mexico team. I thought we had a lot of people contribute tonight in a lot of different ways, Janell (Walley) was exceptional all the way around, Sabryn (Roberts) had some big hits for us as did Kiley (Lewis).”
On the team’s defensive play . . .
“I thought it was really important for us tonight to play well at the net defensively and we did. Our block was on and it caused New Mexico a lot of trouble. I thought Janell (Walley), Laney (Hayes), Keri (Leake) and Kiley (Lewis) all played well together and got the wall up when we need it. We had a lot of blocks tonight against a good hitting team.”
On the team’s play against New Mexico . . .
“In the first set we didn’t play our game, but we woke up real fast heading into the second set and shut it down for the win. Once we started rolling, I thought everyone played well as a team and that everyone contributed out there tonight.”
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS AND OTHER NOTABLES
Player of the Match: Sophomore outside hitter Janell Walley was the player of the match after just missing a rare triple-double in the victory leading Boise State with 15 kills (tied for team high), 14 digs and a career-high eight blocks, in addition to hitting 36.7 percent. It was also Walley’s fourth double-double of the year.
Solid Outing: Junior Sabryn Roberts matched Walley for team-high in kills with 15 and just missed the double-double tallying nine digs.
Impressive Freshmen: Freshman sensation Kiley Lewis continues to impress recording 10 kills along with five blocks. It was her third straight match in double-digit kills and fifth overall. Classmate Keri Leake also had a solid outing tallying four kills and a career-high six blocks.
Dishing it Out: Senior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out a team-high 40 assists to guide the Boise State offensive attack against the Lobos. It was Bulda’s fourth double-double of the year and 11th all-time adding a career-high 16 digs to her night.
The Leader of the Wall: Senior middle blocker Laney Hayes tallied a career and team-high nine blocks. That was the most blocks by a Bronco since Maddy O’Donnell tallied nine at Air Force on Nov. 18, 2015.
Stretching the Record: Senior libero Maddi Osburn tallied a team-high 17 digs in the win to extended her school record for career digs out to 1,512. She is just the 12th player in Mountain West Conference history to reach the 1,500 career digs milestone.
Boise State at New Mexico
Boise State def. New Mexico 21-25,25-8,25-12,25-15
Boise State (10-5, 3-0 MW) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Walley, Janell 15-1-8; Roberts, Sabryn 15-0-1; Lewis, Kiley 10-0-5; Hayes, Laney 6-0-9; Leake, Keri 4-0-6; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 4-3-0; Osburn, Maddi 0-1-0; Simon, Maddie 0-1-0; Totals 54-6-17.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 40. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 17; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 16; Walley, Janell 14; Roberts, Sabryn 9
New Mexico (9-6, 1-2 MW) (Kills-aces-blocks) - TWITTY,Lauren 8-0-1; CARRASCO,Mariessa 8-0-0; TAN,Yasmin 5-0-1; SPRAGG,Victoria 5-0-4; ROWAN,Danica 2-0-0; BEDDINGFIELD,Carly 0-0-1; HEILBORN,Carson 0-1-1; Totals 28-1-4.0. (Assists) - HEILBORN,Carson 23. (Dig leaders) - KELSEY,Ashley 15; TWITTY,Lauren 8
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