Broncos Sweep Aztecs
Sept. 29, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Relying on a balanced attack from outside hitters Sierra Nobley and Sabryn Roberts, the Boise State volleyball team swept San Diego State 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 to notch their 10th-consecutive home win in their MW home opener.

Nobley and Roberts both finished with double-digit kills with 13 and 11 respectively. Nobley is now six kills shy of 1,200 in her career.
Roberts finished with 11 kills on a team-best 47.6 percent hitting.

“Sabryn loves playing at home,” Boise State head coach Shawn Garus said. “She played great. It wasn’t just her hitting. She blocked well and was a really scrappy player. She’s really maturing to someone we can count on night in and night out.”

The Broncos opened the first set with a kill from senior middle blocker Maddy O’Donnell, and would not trail the rest of the set. Junior Sierra Nobley led the team with five kills on 17 attempts in the first set.

Sophomore Emily Sullivan notched a service ace to put Boise State on top of the Aztecs, 7-5, but San Diego State would rally to tie the score at 10 apiece. A kill from Roberts however, paved the way for five unanswered points for the Broncos.

San Diego State would attempt a second rally to put the score at 24-19 in favor of the Broncos before Shawn Garus called a timeout to regroup his team.

Coming out of the timeout, Nobley notched the kill to clinch the first set for the Broncos.

San Diego State came out attacking in the second set, holding a 15-11 lead. The Broncos traded barbs with neither team holding a lead larger than four points.

The Aztecs would hold a 23-21 lead over Boise State but a kill from Roberts and a trio of attack errors by San Diego State gave the Broncos the win in the second set.

Boise State won the third set handily, re-taking the lead at 6-5 and not looking back en route to a 25-16 win to complete the sweep.

“It was big to win in our conference home opener,” Garus said. “We split last weekend on the road against two very good teams. If you can split on the road consistently and hold at home, you’re going to finish in the top of the conference and probably have a chance to win down the stretch.”

Boise State is now 11-5 on the season and 2-1 in MW play.

O’Donnell finished the game with six blocks to pass Chris Bond (1987-90) at 11th on the Boise State record book with 313 in her career.

Senior Maddi Osburn added 16 digs on the night to move to 972 in her career. She is currently aiming to be the 14th Bronco to notch 1,000 digs in a career.

The Broncos play host to Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Bronco Gym at 2 p.m. (MT). The Wolf Pack enter Saturday’s contest 10-4 on the season and 1-1 in MW play. Nevada is coming off a win against Air Force in four sets tonight.

“I think you’re going to see the two best outside hitters in the conference with Madison Morrell and Sierra battling it out on Saturday,” Garus said. “My hope is those two will wash each other out and then players like Sabryn, Kaitlyn Oliver and Maddy O’Donnell will carry us through. I do think we have more depth than Nevada.”

Fans who present their football game ticket for Saturday’s match-up against Utah State will receive free entry to the volleyball match.

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