Sarah Baugh moved into fifth all-time in career assists at Boise State with 3,076.
Oct. 1, 2015
Match Box Score
BOISE, Idaho - Kaitlyn Oliver tallied team-highs for kills and blocks with 17 and four, respectively, to lead Boise State volleyball past UNLV 22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 Thursday in the Mountain West home opener in Bronco Gym. Boise State came alive after dropping the opening set to rally in dominating fashion against the Rebels to claim three straight sets for the victory in front of a season-high 1,066 fans. The Broncos move to 9-6 overall with the win and 1-2 in league play, while UNLV dropped to 8-6 on the year and 1-1 in conference. Boise State will be back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Broncos host the Fresno State Bulldogs.
“I think our players were so excited to be home that they couldn’t relax and play their game they way we wanted,” said coach Shawn Garus. “So we had to come from behind, but once we got rolling I thought we were unstoppable offensively. It was a great win for us tonight.”
Senior setter Sarah Baugh distributed a team-high 54 assists to move into fifth-place all-time at Boise State in career-assists with 3,076, passing up current Bronco assistant coach Breann (Nesselhuf) Crowell who had 3,075 from 2009-11. Baugh finished the night with her seventh double-double of the season adding 12 digs to her assists total. She also had five kills, one service ace and two blocks.
Oliver hit a team-best and career-high 60 percent on the night to record the 17 kills, which was one short of tying her career high.
Katelyn Kinghorn had her best night of the year hitting 36.7 percent for 14 kills to go with one assist, three digs and one block.
Sierra Nobley struggled early on as the Rebels keyed on her, but she hung in there and found some openings to gather momentum late in the contest. Nobley finished with 13 kills, two assists, two service aces, nine digs and three blocks.
“UNLV had its biggest blocker on their team up against Sierra (Nobley), they wanted to slow her down,” Garus said. “But Sierra stayed focus and said that if they are going to stop me offensively I am going to focus on my passing and defense. She did that and that enabled us to get the middles involved, Kaitlyn Oliver had a great night. They put their best blocker on Sierra and that meant that their smaller center blocker was on (Katelyn) Kinghorn and she had a tremendous night.”
Maddy O’Donnell added six kills, one service ace, three digs and two blocks. Freshman Phoebe Bell started the match and tallied seven kills, one assist, 13 digs and one block. Maddi Osburn led the team in digs with 25.
Boise State hit 20.8 percent against UNLV for 63 kills along with 61 assists, five service aces, 73 digs and 6.5 blocks.
UNLV was held to 9.7 percent hitting on the night and 37 kills. The Rebels also had 34 assists, three service aces, 51 digs and 10 blocks.
Ceannia Kincade led the Rebels with 13 kills, nine digs and three blocks, while Bree Hammel added 10 kills, four digs and team-high seven blocks.
It was a battle from the start between the two teams picked to tie for second-place in the MW preseason poll in August.
UNLV led most of the way in set one and by as many as four on several occasions until the Broncos rallied to take a two point lead at 19-17 and again at 22-20. Unfortunately, Boise State struggled hitting the ball in the set as UNLV rallied for a 25-22 win with five straight points.
The Broncos came out in the second half fired up after dropping the opening frame. They jumped on UNLV early and cruised to a nine-point 25-16 win to tie the match at one all.
After the intermission Boise State did not let up as the Blue and Orange dominated the final two sets taking the third by 11-points 25-14 and the fourth by six at 25-19 to claim the 3-1 match victory.