Boise State Rallies to Win Five Set Thriller Over Nevada

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Harden leads Bronco rally with 19 kills.

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State volleyball rallied twice from one set down to win an exciting five set marathon 22-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10 over the Nevada Wolf Pack in a Mountain West battle in Bronco Gym Saturday night. The Broncos opened slow dropping the first set to Nevada which forced them to battle from behind all night in a contest that saw the two teams alternate wins, eventually forcing a decisive fifth set. Boise State claimed the match victory with a dominating fifth set over longtime rival Nevada in front of 721 loud fans.

Liz Harden led Boise State hitting .233 percent with 19 kills, five digs and two blocks, followed by Brittany Reardon who hit .500 percent for 13 kills to go with two blocks. Fiona Jones added 10 kills while hitting .320 percent. Leah Stevens had a team-high five blocks to go with 10 kills.  

Nevada won the first and third sets over Boise State in periods that went back and forth before the Wolf Pack prevailed. They were led in the overall match by Tessa Lea'ea with a team-best 18 kills and six blocks, followed by Janelle Batista with 10 kills and Bonnie Paul with eight.

After dropping the first set Boise State stormed back with a commanding set two win. After Nevada scored the opening point in the second set the Broncos rolled off an 8-1 run to take control and never looked back, eventually winning by 10 points.

Boise State was forced to rally again in the fourth set facing a must win situation down two sets to one. After the Wolf Pack claimed a 3-2 lead early, the Broncos scored the next three points to claim a 5-3 advantage. Boise State never trailed again as they pulled out to a seven point, 18-11, lead before winning it by five 25-20. Leah Stevens led the Broncos to the critical win in the fourth with four kills and three blocks as the blue and orange stayed alive forcing the fifth set.

The fifth period was close early with the teams trading points. The set was tied at six points apiece when Boise State seized momentum with a 4-0 run to go up 10-6. Nevada would get no closer than three points the rest of the way as the Broncos put the match away with a five point 15-10 win.

Boise State finished the night hitting .287 percent with 73 kills, 71 assists, six service aces, 74 digs and seven blocks. Nevada hit .213 percent with 52 kills, 48 blocks, seven aces, 57 digs and 10.5 blocks.
 
The win is the third straight for the Broncos who wrapped up the home sweep of MW opponents San Diego State and Nevada this week to improve to 11-10 overall and 3-3 in conference.

Boise State now hits the road for three league matches over the next two weeks before returning home on Nov. 3 when New Mexico comes to town.