Boise State Sweeps SJSU
Oct. 13, 2016

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SAN JOSE, Calif.  - Maddy O’Donnell had big night hitting 48 percent and had a team-high 13 kills, she even clinched the win with a service ace on the final play. The Broncos finished the night putting away the Spartans on the road 25-14, 28-26, 25-18 as Boise State recorded its third straight sweep Thursday night at San Jose State.

It’s never easy on the road in Mountain West play even though Boise State earned the victory in three sets. The Broncos survived a scare of three San Jose State set points in the second period before rallying for the win. The Broncos controlled the third set and led 24-18 in the frame when O’Donnell unleashed a serve that the Spartans could not handle clinching the match for Boise State.

“I am proud of the team and the way they handled the pressure, especially in the second set,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “We held off three set points and got the win. There have been times this season when we haven’t handle pressure very well and wilted down the stretch in a tight set. Tonight we stood in there and did a good job fighting it off and put it away for the victory. I also thought Maddy O’Donnell stood out tonight and did a great job for us against San Jose State. Now we have to carry this momentum on into a very important Fresno State match Saturday.”

The victory improved Boise State to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Next up for the Broncos is a Saturday afternoon encounter at Fresno State.

O’Donnell finished the night with one assist, one service ace, five digs and four blocks in addition to her 13 kills.

Sierra Nobley followed by recording her 12th double-double of the year and 29th of her career on 11 kills and digs to go with one assist, one service ace and four blocks.

Freshman Janell Walley added 10 kills while hitting 50 percent, she also had two assists and six digs.

Kaitlyn Oliver match Walley’s hitting percentage of 50 on her way to six kills. Two of Oliver’s kills completed the Boise State rally as the Broncos fought off three Spartan set points in the second, her kills gave the blue and orange set point and then won the period 28-26.

Junior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda turned in her sixth double-double with 41 assists and 13 digs.

Defensively, Maddi Osburn tallied a team-high 18 digs in the win. The dig total moved Osburn into 12th-place for career digs in program history with 1,034.

Boise State finished the night hitting 29.9 percent as a team against the Spartans recording 50 kills on 46 assists. In addition, the Broncos had six service aces, 64 digs and five blocks.

San Jose State was held to 14.5 percent hitting as a team for 35 kills off 31 assists. The Spartans tallied two service aces, 49 digs and five blocks. Giulia Gavio led SJSU with 14 kills and 10 digs to record the double-double.


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