Boise State Wins Five Set Classic at SDSU
Katelyn Kinghorn.
Oct. 17, 2015

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (10/17/2015) - Boise State volleyball held on to win a five-set battle Saturday afternoon at San Diego State to claim its first-ever victory versus the Aztecs on the road. Two was the magic number in this classic as all five sets went down to the wire and were won by the minimum margin of two points, three went into extra points before Boise State closed it out 26-24, 23-25, 25-23, 24-26, 17-15. The victory extended the Broncos’ win streak to six as they improved to 14-6 overall and 6-2 in Mountain West Conference action, good for second place. With the loss San Diego State fell to 6-14 and 3-5 in league.

“You know this was a really big win for our team this afternoon, to stand in there and battle, answering every challenge that San Diego State threw at us,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “We knew they were talented and could beat us if we did not play our best and they nearly did. I am proud of this entire team and the way they played together today. They have worked hard all year and it showed in this win today. They have the confidence to battle back when down and they know they can win if they play together.”

Sierra Nobley and Sarah Baugh led the team by recording double-doubles. For Nobley its was her seventh of the season and fifth in league play as she tallied a team-high 19 kills with 11 digs. She notched six of her kills during the decisive fifth set. The sophomore outside hitter added one assist and one block on the day.

Meanwhile, Baugh recorded her conference-high 10th double-double of the year by directing the Broncos’ victory with 61 assists and 10 digs, in addition to one kill, one service ace and one block. It is the 18th double-double of her career and the fifth in conference play this fall.

Maddy O'Donnell had a big match as well for the Broncos as she was the second of four Boise State players in double-figure kills against the Aztecs. The junior hit a team-best 56 percent to tally a second-best 16 kills, while adding three service aces — tied for team high with Maddi Osburn — two digs and team-best five blocks.

“I thought a lot of players stepped up for us today,” Garus commented. “Sierra (Nobley) was steady for us as usual, Sarah (Baugh) controlled the floor and our attack, as well as Maddy (O’Donnell) who had a big match for us when we needed her most. I could really go on and list more because I feel everyone contributed to this win. Now we need to carry the momentum into next week against CSU (Colorado State) and Wyoming. It is going to be a big weekend for our program.”

The other two Broncos in double-figure kills where Kaitlyn Oliver, who hit 42.3 percent, with 14 kills to go with three blocks, and Sabryn Roberts with 12 kills, including three late in the fifth set. Roberts also chipped in with three digs and four blocks.

Katelyn Kinghorn recorded the match winning point and finished with four kills, one assist, three digs and one block. Maddi Osburn added a team-high 15 digs in the winning effort.

On the day, Boise State hit a decent 30.2 percent against the Aztecs for 68 kills on 65 assists. The Broncos added eight service aces, 60 digs and eight blocks in the victory.

San Diego State finished hitting 27.8 percent for 66 kills on 57 assists, while adding 10 service aces, 61 digs and 1 block.

Four Aztecs recorded double-digit kills led by Danielle Bolden with 19 and 11 digs, followed by Alexandra Psoma with 13, Kaja Sandberg with 12 and seven blocks, while Baylee Little had 10.

Boise State used a 3-0 run in set one to take momentum in the period stretching an 8-8 tie into a 11-8 lead. The Broncos then maintained an advantage until late extending it to as many as six on two occasions, last was at 19-13. SDSU came back to tie the score at 24 all before the Broncos regrouped with two straight points, the last from Oliver for the 26-24 win.

The second set saw the Broncos take a four-point lead up 13-9 only to see SDSU roll off a 6-1 lead to go up 15-14. The Aztecs then extended their lead to four on a couple occasions with the last coming at 22-18. Boise State rallied on a 5-1 run to tie it at 23, but SDSU regrouped to win the set 25-23 to tie the match score at one all.

The third set was another battle from the start. Tied at 11, San Diego State used a 4-1 run to go up 15-12. Boise State rallied with a 5-0 run to take a 17-15 lead and never trailed again. The Broncos stretched the lead to four points only to see the Aztecs comeback to within 24-23 before a SDSU service error handed the Blue and Orange the win.

The Aztecs rallied with a 5-1 run to close out set four with a 26-24 win. SDSU had taken a 17-14 lead midway through the frame, only to see the Broncos roll off a 5-0 run to go up 19-17. They teams then traded points as Boise State took a 23-21 lead when San Diego State closed with the decisive run to tie the match at two wins each.

The fifth set was tight like the previous four going down to the wire and into extra points. Boise State trailed 7-4 before it rallied with a 7-1 run to take an 11-8 lead. The Aztecs did not go away as they came back and had a match point at 15-14 which Boise State held off SDSU on block assists by Baugh and Oliver to tie it at 15. The Broncos then won the set on a bad set by SDSU’s setter and Kinghorn’s decisive kill to take the set 17-15.

Next up for Boise State is Homecoming Week and two big matches against league leader and 21st-ranked Colorado State at 7 p.m. on Thursday and a 2 p.m. encounter with Wyoming on Saturday, both contests will be in Bronco Gym.

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