Broncos' Upset Bid Comes Up Short
Oct. 5, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Sierra Nobley returned to the lineup to lead Boise State with a double-double on 24 kills and 12 digs, but it was not enough as 23rd-ranked Colorado State rallied from two sets down to defeat the Broncos in extra points in the fifth 21-25, 11-25, 25-23, 25-19, 17-15.
Boise State opened the match fired up and dominated the first two sets. After Colorado State took a early lead in set one, the Broncos stormed back to take a set-high six point lead at 14-8. Boise State never trailed again, but CSU did make it interesting closing to within 21-20 before the Broncos put it away on a 4-1 run powered by two Janell Walley kills and one by Sabryn Roberts.
Boise State opened set two on a 5-0 run, then extended it out to 9-1. The Broncos then put it in cruise control as they won 25-11 to go up 2-0 in the match. Nobley led the way with six kills and one block.
Colorado State rallied taking the next two sets. The third was tight as Boise State rallied from five down to close within one late. Trailing 24-21 the Broncos fought off two set points for the Rams before CSU took it 25-23. The fourth period saw Colorado State take control early as the Rams led nearly the entire way before taking it by six points at 25-19.
The fifth set was a battle to the end as the teams traded leads early. Colorado State rolled of a 4-0 run to go up 9-6. With the Rams leading 11-8, Boise State rallied with a 3-0 run behind a kill by Nobley and a pair of back-to-back service aces by Maddie Simon to tie it up at 11.
Colorado State regrouped and had match point at 14-12 only to see the Broncos rally again with a 3-0 run to take a 15-14 lead for a Boise State match point. Unfortunately for the blue and orange the Rams came back with their own 3-0 run to claim the victory.
The loss drops the Broncos to 11-6 overall and 4-1 in Mountain West play. Colorado State took sole possession of first as the Rams moved to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in league. Boise State will be back at home on Saturday when the Broncos host the Wyoming Cowgirls.
WHAT THEY SAID
Head Coach Shawn Garus
On what the team walks away with . . .
"I think that was the battled that we expected, it's disappointing. We've come up on the short side on some really good, tough matches against some ranked teams. I think the thing that got away from us was our serving. We made too many errors down the stretch. We had to serve tough because Colorado State is so tough offensively, but we made too many errors."
On Sierra rejoining the lineup after four games . . .
"I was proud of the team for finding a way to win without Sierra on the court. I think she gives us a lift when she's out there, and she played well tonight, but we have to get better at all areas. You're not going to beat a team like Colorado State - a nationally ranked team - if you don't have a lot of pieces."
On where the team goes from here . . .
"A good team was going to lose tonight. We ended up on the wrong side of it. We had a serve for the match, but we just didn't put it away. We have a couple swings to extend the match. It was a good volleyball match, but I don't think either team played well at the same time. It was a really streaky match, we were great for two sets, they were good for two sets. I think we just have to keep getting better, and try to be steadier for our next opponent on Saturday."
On how the team walks away . . .
"I think we had really good moments, we were just a little bit shaky in the middle, and at the end we played their game. We can't let them do that because they're great at their game - they're ranked No. 23. When they're in rhythm, it's really hard to defend them. I think we just need to work on serving tougher . . . I think we'll bounce back great. We play another tough team on Saturday with Wyoming. We always battle tough with them, but I think this was a good chance to face that huge blocker they put up. She played great today. We just couldn't stop her down the stretch."
On returning after missing four games . . .
"It felt really good. I got back into my rhythm pretty quickly. A couple of moments I felt a little bit winded. I think the team definitely improved without me when I was gone, they really came together and won those four games that I was not able to participate. It just made us that much stronger as a team.
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