Broncos Back on Track, Sweep Air Force
Oct. 4, 2016

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USAFA, Colo. - Boise State volleyball used a balanced offensive attack Tuesday night to sweep the Air Force Falcons 25-23, 25-19, 25-22 on the road in Colorado. Sierra Nobley, Maddy O’Donnell and Sabryn Roberts combined for 36 of Boise State’s 47 kills as the Broncos won a tightly contested match despite the 3-0 score. The match saw 19 ties and 10 lead changes as Boise State held off Air Force in each set to improve to 12-6 overall and 3-2 in Mountain West play.

“I am pleased with the way the team responded after Saturday’s loss,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “We had several players step up tonight when Air Force attempted to rally. I thought Sierra, Maddy (O’Donnell) and Sabryn were big for us offensively tonight. I thought our block was on tonight as O’Donnell, Walley and Oliver, as well as Nobley and Roberts all played well at the net and caused Air Force problems. This was a big win for us against a good Air Force team, every road win is going to be huge in league this year.”

It was a big night for several Broncos led by Sierra Nobley who had a team-high 16 kills while hitting 26.8 percent. She also added one assist, one kill, two block assists and just missed her 12th double-double with nine digs.

Maddy O’Donnell and Janell Walley had big nights on the block, including putting away the third set by teaming up for back-to-back blocks to notch the final two points which clinched the match victory. O’Donnell finished the night with 10 kills while hitting a team-best 55.6 percent, she also had a team-high six blocks to move into 11th-place on the Boise State career blocks list with 327. Meanwhile, Walley had four kills, 12 digs and five blocks in the win.

Sabryn Roberts finished the night hitting 30 percent for 10 kills, in addition to one dig and two block assists. Kaitlyn Oliver chipped in with five kills and three block assists, two of the blocks came in the third set.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out 36 assists and added 12 digs to record her fourth double-double of the season, she added two kills and two blocks.

Junior setter Maddi Osburn joined Boise State’s 1,000 career digs club Tuesday night at Air Force when she collected nine to give her exactly 1,000 digs in 77 matches. The Nampa, Idaho, native is the 14th Bronco all-time to reach the milestone.

On the night Boise State hit 29.4 percent as a team for 47 kills off 43 assists. The Broncos tallied one service ace, 51 digs and 10 blocks in the victory over Air Force.

The Falcons were held to 15.6 percent hitting for 41 kills on 40 assists. They added four service aces, 43 digs and three blocks. Elizabeth Pennington led two Falcons in double-figure kills with 14 while hitting 37 percent, Abigail Miksch followed with 13 kills.

Next up for Boise State is a home contest at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bronco Gym versus Utah State.


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