Boise State Downs New Mexico in Three
Oct. 20, 2016


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BOISE, Idaho - Sierra Nobley led the way with 17 kills and Boise State (16-6, 7-2 MW) notched its fifth straight sweep to extend its win streak to five as the Broncos defeated New Mexico (11-12, 1-8 MW), 25-20, 25-17, 25-22.

The five straight sweeps, dating back to an Oct. 4 win at Air Force, are a school record during the rally scoring era (2001-present). The Broncos have nine sweeps this season.

Nobley hit for 50-percent – a season high – and had her 15th game of the season with 15 or more kills. Her 17 kills give her 1,289 on her career to pass Kelly Baker (1985-89) and move into second place on the Boise State all-time kills list.

Boise State jumped to an early lead against the Lobos in the first set. Both teams traded scores back-and-forth, and with the score tied at 13, freshman Janell Walley had a pair of blocks to put the Broncos up by two. From there Boise State went on a 10-7 run to take the first set by five.

Walley finished the match with six kills, nine digs and four blocks.

New Mexico jumped to a 7-3 lead to start the second, but Boise State rallied back to take a 15-13 lead midway through the period. Sophomore Sabryn Roberts got the final kill to give Boise State the set victory, 25-17, and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Roberts was second in match for both teams with 11 kills.

The Broncos scored first in the third set and withheld a late rally by the Lobos to win the third set and the match, 25-22.

Junior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda had 42 assists, a season high in a three set match, and added 7 digs on the defensive end. Senior Maddi Osburn added 13 digs.

Boise State held New Mexico 15.8-percent on attacks – sixth lowest on the season in a three set match – and 31 kills – third lowest for the Broncos’ defense this season.

“I thought we served really well,” Boise State head coach Shawn Garus said. “Emily Sullivan is one of the best servers in the conference. She serves with so much confidence.”

The Broncos host UNLV (18-2, 7-1) Saturday at Bronco Gym at 2 p.m. Last time out, UNLV defeated Boise State in Las Vegas, Nev., 3-1.

“UNLV beat us down at their place, early in the season,” Garus said. “I like the matchup. They have a really good right side hitter that hits really well from the back row. Their outside does a good job keeping balls in play. It’s going to be a great match, I think both teams are evenly matched, but I like our chances at home.”

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