Broncos Win Classic Over Utah State
Oct. 8, 2016


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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State volleyball recorded its sixth sweep of the year, but it was not easy against Utah State on Saturday in Bronco Gym. The match was tight throughout and went back and forth as Boise State rallied in all three sets to get the sweep by a combined six points, two of the sets went extra points before the Broncos won 27-25, 27-25, 25-23 over the Aggies. The victory improves Boise State to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in MW play.

Sierra Nobley hit 30 percent for a team-high 20 kills moving her into third place all-time on the Boise State career list for kills with 1,247. The junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., also added two blocks solos and two block assists to finish with a team-high 23 points.

"I am proud of the way the team played today in close sets, that is something we've been working on a lot," said head coach Shawn Garus. "We've been trying to get the team to recognize that everyone in the Mountain West is good and that no match can be taken fore granted. Last week we over looked our opponent and Reno (Nevada) came in and took one from us. Regardless of who is on the opposite side of the net, we need to keep our composure in close sets. I thought we did a good job at that today in three sets that were decided by two points each."  

The first set saw 17 ties and 10 lead changes as Boise State outlasted the Aggies 27-25. Utah State led 22-20 and had three set points but could not put it away. Down 25-24 the Broncos fought off the potential set loss rallying for the two-point win on two Nobley kills and a USU hitting error that gave the set to Boise State.

Set two was a one-to-two point contest throughout with 15 ties and seven lead changes. Utah State had taken a 23-21 lead when the Broncos regrouped. Nobley responded with two kills to tie the score at 23. Boise State had three set points starting at 24-23 following a block by Kaitlyn Oliver and Janell Walley. The second came at 25-24 when Nobley put a kill away only to see USU tie it up again. Oliver gave the blue and orange set point three on a cross court smash that put Boise State up 26-25, followed by the clincher from Nobley to make it 27-25.

Oliver finished the day hitting 30 percent with eight kills to go with five blocks. Walley had three kills, two service aces, 10 digs and four blocks.

The third set was one of runs starting with Utah State taking a six-point 11-5 lead. Boise State slowly battled back eventually tying it at 16. Down 16-13, Boise State rolled off a 10-1 run to go up 23-17, Nobley had four kills and one block solo during the run. The Aggies then made it interesting coming back to tie it up at 23. Nobley and Oliver led the Boise State response by teaming up to put the match away with a pair of kills, Oliver's smash down the center clinched it.

Maddy O'Donnell was consistent as usual recording eight kills while hitting a team-best 43.8 percent, to go with a team-high six blocks. Sabryn Roberts chipped in with seven kills and four blocks.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda distributed 39 assists with six digs and two blocks. Maddi Osburn turned in a team-high 16 digs with two service aces.   

On the day, Boise State hit 23.4 percent as a team for 48 kills on 44 assists. The Broncos also had six service aces, 49 digs and 14 blocks in the victory.

Utah State countered by hitting 19.8 percent for 45 kills off 41 assists, to go with two service aces, 49 digs and eight blocks. Three Aggies reached double-digit kills led by Kaylie Kamalu-Smith with 12 and three blocks, Kayla Decoursey and Lauren Anderson each added 10 kills.

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