Boise State Sweeps at Fresno State
Oct. 15, 2016

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FRESNO, Calif.  - Sierra Nobley and Maddy O’Donnell combined for 27 kills to lead Boise State to a sweep 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 on the road at Fresno State Saturday afternoon. Nobley recorded her 13th double-double of the season on a team-high 14 kills to go with 12 digs, while O’Donnell added 13 kills in the victory.

The win over the Bulldogs extends Boise State’s win streak to four, all by sweeps, as the Broncos improved to 15-6 overall and 6-2 in Mountain West Conference play, Fresno State fell to 11-7 and 2-6 in league.

The victory strayed a little from what seems to have become a tradition when these two programs meet where now 13 of the last 18 contests have gone five sets, Boise State has won five straight over the Bulldogs.

“It was a complete overall team performance for us today, I couldn’t be prouder,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “We played really good offense today and got better as the match wore on, hitting over 40 percent as team in the final two sets. We knew it was going to be a challenge coming in especially with their serving, they are one of the better teams in our league in that. But I thought defensively we handled their pressure well, (Maddi) Osburn had a good day in the back for us.”

“Overall, it was a great weekend for us,” Garus commented. “We recorded two sweeps in matches we needed to win to stay in the league race, especially with two big matches this coming week at home against New Mexico and UNLV.”

The Broncos will host New Mexico at 5 p.m. Thursday in Bronco Gym in an early match preceding the Boise State-BYU football game in Albertsons Stadium that night. Boise State will then host second-place UNLV at 2 p.m. on Saturday in a huge contest for the blue and orange.

Fresno State led a good portion of the opening set that saw seven ties and five lead changes, but the Broncos stayed close waiting for the right time to pounce. Down 23-20 in set one Boise State struck rallying with five unanswered points to take the period 25-23. The rally began with a Sabryn Roberts kill and ended with O’Donnell tallying the set winning point, in between were a series of Bulldog errors.

“I thought Sierra (Nobley) and Maddy (O’Donnell) where really big for us today,” Garus said. “They hit high all day and really caused match up problems for Fresno State. They both hit the ball well with Maddy hitting 52 percent and Sierra 34 percent.”

O’Donnell finished the day hitting a team-best 52.6 percent on her way to the 13 kills. The senior also added one block solo and four block assists for a team-high 16 points in the victory.

Nobley hit 34.4 percent as she recorded the double-double, the 30th of her career, and added three block assists to her performance as she finished with 15.5 points against the Bulldogs.

Set two was just as tight with the Broncos never trailing but were tied 10 times, the largest lead was four by the Broncos early in the period and at the end. The match went back and forth remaining a one-to-two point contest most of the way. Fresno State rallied from 21-19 down to tie the score at 21 all. Boise State called timeout to regroup and came out on fire. The blue and orange closed the set on a 4-0 run led by two Roberts’ kills, including the decisive point to hand the Broncos a 25-21 win.

Roberts hit 33.3 percent against the Bulldogs for nine kills in the win.

Kaitlyn Oliver hit 28.6 percent with six kills and three blocks.

The third set saw Fresno State jump out to a quick 3-1 lead before the Broncos took control. Boise State tied the score at four and never trailed again slowly pulling away from the Bulldogs. Roberts gave the Broncos set point at 24-15, while Oliver tallied the decisive match point to take the set 25-16 and match 3-0.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda guided the Boise State attack dishing out 40 assists against the Bulldogs.

Maddi Osburn led the defensive efforts with a team-high 17. The 17 digs moved the native of Nampa, Idaho, into 11th place on the Boise State career list with 1,051.

Boise State finished the match hitting 35.2 percent as a team for 49 kills on 45 assists. The Broncos added six service aces, 42 digs and eight blocks in the winning effort.

Fresno State hit 23.1 percent against the Broncos with 40 kills off 37 assists. The Bulldogs tallied five service aces, 39 digs and three blocks. No Bulldogs recorded double-digit kills, but were led by Brielle Hefner with nine and Taylor Slover with eight.


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