BOISE, Idaho (10/8/2015) - Sierra Nobley recorded her sixth double-double of the year on 11 kills and 12 digs to lead Boise State to a sweep 25-22, 25-16, 25-12 over San Jose State in a Mountain West volleyball match in Bronco Gym Thursday night. Led by Sabryn Roberts' team-high 13 kills, Boise State's intensity and momentum grew as the match wore on as the Broncos increased their winning margin with each set.
"This felt great, we got the sweep for the week which is great. We won in three at Utah State and then followed that up with three straight sets tonight against San Jose," said head coach Shawn Garus. "Now we move into a weekend off. This is what we wanted to do, win fast and move on into the break where we can rest up and be ready for next week and the second half of conference."
The victory is the fourth straight in conference play for the Broncos who improved to 12-6 overall and 4-2 in league. They will now have the weekend off before returning to the road next Thursday (Oct. 15) when Boise State plays at Nevada, followed by San Diego State on Saturday (Oct. 17).
"Our play has been the same since conference started, we have played a lot of different lineups and we have had different personnel step up for us," Garus said. "We had a match where Sabryn Roberts was not available and Katelyn Kinghorn comes in and does a great job. We have had matches where Kinghorn was not available and Phoebe Bell came in and had a great match. What we are finding is that more and more of our players have the ability to lead our team. It is not always Sierra (Nobley), it's not always a Kaitlyn Oliver. We are finding success in the depth of our roster and that's what we need, it is a long season and we are just in the middle of it."
Roberts, a freshman from Torrance, Calif., hit 34.5 percent on the night in tallying her 13 kills. She added four digs and two blocks as well.
Nobley continues to be a steady force for the Blue and Orange recording double-doubles in four of the six conference matches including three straight. The sophomore hit 40 percent against the Spartans with 11 kills, one assist, one service ace, 12 digs and one block.
Kaitlyn Oliver added nine kills while hitting 46.7 percent, she also had three blocks.
Junior Maddy O'Donnell was solid Thursday night hitting a team-best 53.3 percent for eight kills and no errors. In addition, O'Donnell tallied one assist and a team-high six blocks.
Defensively, Kinghorn recorded five blocks and five digs. Maddi Osburn finished with a team-high 16 digs, while Hannah Hubbard contributed eight.
The first set was a battle with four lead changes and 10 ties during the frame. The set went back and forth with the largest lead being four points twice late in the set by Boise State before the Broncos held off the Spartans for a 25-22 win.
Set two saw the Spartans rally from 14-10 down to take a 15-14 lead midway through. Tied at 16, Boise State regrouped to roll off a 9-0 run to claim the nine-point set victory 25-16. During the final run O'Donnell had three kills followed by Roberts with two.
The third set was all broncos as they raced out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back. Boise State hit 59.3 percent in the set with 18 kills versus two errors. The Broncos rolled to the 13-point set victory to clinch the match on a booming Roberts kill.
Boise State finished the contest hitting 37 percent as a team with 47 kills on 44 assists. The Broncos also had four service aces, 49 digs and 10 blocks against SJSU.
San Jose State was held to 18.8 percent hitting for 37 kills on 34 assists. The Spartans added two service aces, 40 digs and seven blocks on the night. Hana Tresnakova led SJSU with 12 kills followed by Sara Hibbs and Tyanna Roy with eight each.