Boise State Falls in Four to Nevada
Oct. 1, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team fell in four sets to Nevada, 25-23, 25-19, 20-25, 26-28, Saturday at Bronco Gym. The loss dropped the Broncos to 11-6 on the season and 2-2 in MW play.

The match began with a hotly-contested first set, which featured 25 tying scores or lead changes. Back-to-back blocks from middle blocker Maddy O’Donnell put Boise State up 20-18.

Nevada was able to tie the score at 22, however, and the Wolf Pack’s Madison Morrell notched the kill to allow the Wolf Pack to pull away and take the first set 25-23.

Nevada kept the momentum going, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the second set before the Broncos were able to take the 15-12 lead. Eight errors by Boise State led to the Wolf Pack winning the second set, 25-19 and taking a 2-0 advantage in the match.

Down 2-0, the Broncos mounted a comeback in the third set. Down 16-10 to Nevada, Boise State freshman Janell Walley earned a kill to fuel a Bronco rally that tied the score at 19.

Walley finished the match with seven kills – tied for her third highest total of the season.

Sophomore Emily Sullivan earned the service ace to give Boise State their first lead of the set, 21-20.

Back-to-back blocks from the duo of O’Donnell and Walley, and another service ace from Sullivan would clinch the set for the Broncos, 20-25.

O’Donnell finished the match with eight blocks, while Sullivan had four service aces, her second time having four service aces this season.

Down 2-1, Boise State jumped to an early lead in the fourth set, before a late-rally from Nevada tied the score at 24. Both teams traded barbs back and forth, but an unrelenting last minute attack from the Wolf Pack would prove too much for the Broncos, and Boise State would lose the set, 28-26.

“We tried to make some adjustments that we aren’t practicing day-to-day,” Boise State head coach Shawn Garus said. “I am proud of them for making those adjustments. I think the team was willing to try whatever we could to try and disrupt Nevada. In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

In the loss, junior Sierra Nobley moved into fourth on the Boise State career kills list. Nobley finished the match with 17 kills to give her 1,211 career kills and move her past Becky Meek (1996-99). Nobley is the fifth Bronco to notch over 1,200 kills in her career. Nobley added 10 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.

“Sierra is an amazing player,” Garus said. “She is going to do great things for us. I’m always proud of the work ethic she brings to the gym every day. I think she will be as focused as anyone to go back in the gym and practice and recover from this loss.”

Senior Maddi Osburn added 19 digs on the day and is nine away from becoming the 14th Bronco to have over 1,000 digs in a career.

Next up is a Tuesday night encounter at Air Force in the Colorado Springs, Colo., metro area.


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