Reardon had six kills and team-high five blocks.
Oct. 7, 2013
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State used a balanced attack Monday night in Bronco Gym to defeat Grand Canyon in straight sets 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 in the Broncos final nonconference volleyball match of the year. Six Broncos had between eight and five kills as Boise State dominated its Western Athletic Conference foe. Sarah Horton led the Broncos with a team-high eight kills, followed by Alyssa Gammel with seven. Boise State improved to 8-7 overall and is 2-3 in Mountain West play, the Broncos will be back in action this coming weekend when they travel to league rivals Wyoming and Colorado State, the Rams are undefeated and ranked 13th nationally by the AVCA.
The Broncos came out fast in the opening set storming out to a 10-4 lead and never looked back. Boise State hit a match-high 40 percent in the frame as it coasted to a 25-15 victory.
Set two was a different story as the Antelopes came out fast to take a 10-5 lead over the Broncos, they held onto the lead until late. Down four points a 16-12, the Broncos rallied back with an 8-0 run powered by Taylor Murphey who had two kills and two block assists during the stretch. By the time the run ended Boise State was up 20-16. The blue and orange did not let up as they closed the match on a 13-3 run to take the set 25-19, good for a 2-0 match lead heading into the intermission.
Boise State used a second 8-0 run on the night to take control of the third set that broke a 6-6 tie open for a 14-6 advantage. The Broncos never relinquished the lead, but Grand Canyon refused to go away easily battling to stay close pulling to within 20-18 and 21-19 late in the set. The Broncos ended the frame on a 4-1 run to finish the set off with a 25-20 win to complete the 3-0 sweep.
Horton led the Broncos for the second straight match in kills with eight to go with eight digs. Gammel was close behind with seven kills while hitting 30 percent on the night, she also had one assist, one service ace, four digs and three blocks.
Boise State’s balanced attack also included four others with Brittany Reardon, Aly Duffin and Katelyn Kinghorn adding six kills each, followed by Taylor Murphey with five. Reardon chipped in a team-high five blocks, while Murphey had a second-best three to tie with Gammel. Sarah Baugh had the team-high in assists with 17 just edging Casey Rose’s 15. Hannah Hubbard recorded a team-best 16 digs to led the team defensively on the back line.
On the night Boise State finished hitting 27.7 percent with 40 kills, 38 assists, and 13 services aces - tying for third most in a three-set match during the rally scoring era for Boise State - 39 digs and seven blocks. Grand Canyon countered with 17.5 percent hitting with 36 kills, 33 assists, three aces, 45 digs and five blocks. Britta Forsythe led the Antelopes with 10 kills followed by Lanie Muys with nine.
Grand Canyon at Boise State (10-7-13 at Boise, Idaho)
Boise State def. Grand Canyon 25-15,25-19,25-20
Grand Canyon (7-9)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Forsythe, Britta 10-0-0; Muys, Lanie 9-0-3; Dugan, Shannon 4-1-1; Ausmus, Kaitlynn 4-1-2; Davis, Megan 3-0-0; Byrnes, Megan 3-0-1; Davis, Bree 2-0-1; Friemoth, Hayleigh 1-1-0; Johannsen, Kristen 0-0-1; Totals 36-3-5.0. (Assists) - Davis, Bree 16; Posse, Jessica 14. (Dig leaders) - Phelps, Mackenzie 13; Ausmus, Kaitlynn 9; Dugan, Shannon 8
Boise State (8-7)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Horton, Sarah 8-5-0; Gammel, Alyssa 7-1-3; Duffin, Aly 6-0-1; Reardon, Brittany 6-0-5; Kinghorn, Katelyn 6-0-0; Murphey, Taylor 5-0-3; Rose, Casey 2-2-0; Vollkommer, Abbey 0-2-0; Hubbard, Hannah 0-3-0; Totals 40-13-7.0. (Assists) - Baugh, Sarah 17; Rose, Casey 15. (Dig leaders) - Hubbard, Hannah 16; Horton, Sarah 8
Site: Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
Date: 10-7-13 Attend: 406 Time: 1:21
Referees: Tammy Warren, Chris Saunders