Broncos Rally for Win at Fresno State
Oct. 21, 2017

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FRESNO, Calif. - Boise State volleyball rallied from one set down on the road to defeat Fresno State 22-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-23 Saturday afternoon in the Save Mart Center at Fresno, Calif. Sierra Nobley tallied a team-high 23 kills to go with four service aces and three blocks in the match to lead all scorers with 28.5 points.

After dropping the first set of the contest to the Bulldogs, the Broncos rallied back with a vengeance sweeping the final three sets to claim the victory and snap a five-match losing streak as they to improved to 12-10 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

Sabryn Roberts and Jaymee-Lee Bulda each recorded double-doubles on the day. Roberts had 12 kills and 10 digs to go with one service ace and four blocks. Bulda dished out a team-best 40 assists in addition to 14 digs.

Fresno State led by as many as eight points, 21-13, during the opening set. Boise State fought back to make it interesting closing to within 22-20 on a 7-1 run. The Broncos fought off two Fresno State set points but eventually fell 25-22.

Set two was all Boise State. After Fresno State scored the first point of the period, the Broncos rolled off 10 straight and never looked back as they took the set 25-11. They hit 29.6 percent and held Fresno State to a minus 11.5 percent.

The final two sets were battles. The largest lead of the third period was three points by Fresno State early (4-1) before Boise State rallied to tie it at 6-6. The set lead then alternated as the team’s traded points as it stayed within one until the Broncos went up two late.

Tied at 18-18 in set three the Broncos took momentum when Nobley scored four of the next five points for Boise State. The first two came on a kill and a block that made it 20-18 blue and orange, Boise State never trailed again. By the time Nobley’s run ended the Broncos led 23-20. Keri Leake, a freshman from nearby Clovis, Calif., clinched the set victory with a kill to make it 25-22.

Up two sets to one, Boise State found itself in another close set as the fourth was a one-to-two point affair until late. Tied at 14, Fresno State rolled off a 4-1 run to go up 18-15. After a Bronco timeout, Boise State stormed back with a 5-0 run, including four kills by Nobley, to go up 20-18.

The final minutes of the fourth set went back and forth with the Bulldogs coming back to go up 22-21. Boise State regrouped and score three straight on a Fresno State service error, block assists by Laney Hayes and Roberts, and Nobley’s fourth service ace of the match that put the Broncos at match point 24-22. Following a Bulldog point, Janell Walley brought the set home with a slam through the defense to clinch it 25-23 and the match 3-1.

Boise State finished the match hitting 22 percent for 53 kills on 51 assists to go with five service aces, 55 digs and 12 blocks. Fresno State was held to 14.8 percent hitting, 46 kills off 41 assists, four service aces, 47 digs and 14 blocks.


WHAT THEY SAID

Shawn Garus, Head Coach

On how the team played . . .

“I’m happy to see our team get back on the winning side. Laney (Hayes) had a great blocking match and I thought everyone served better than in recent matches. I thought Sierra (Nobley) came up big when we needed her today, especially in the third and fourth sets. I’m looking forward to getting back to Boise and practicing with a healthier team.”


Laney Hayes, Senior Middle Blocker

On the win . . .

“I think this win is good for our team confidence, knowing we can win when we aren’t playing our best game the entire time.”


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Laney Hayes: Boise State tallied 12 blocks in the match, Hayes had a hand in all of them as she recorded a career-high 12 blocks against the Bulldogs. Twelve ties for the second most in a match all-time in program history and it is the most by a Bronco since Leah Stevens had 12 at Cal State Bakersfeld on Oct. 6, 2012. Hayes’ 12 blocks are also the most this season by a Mountain West player and is tied for third most in the NCAA for a four-set match.

Sierra Nobley: Nobley tallied 23 kills reaching the 20-plus plateau for the second-consecutive contest recording 22 Thursday at San Diego State. Nobley extended her school and conference career kills records to 1,795 kills and her school career points record to 2,009.5. Nobley is now 56 points from setting the MW career points record as well.

Sabryn Roberts: The junior outside hitter recorded her second-consecutive double-double and the fifth of the season on 12 kills and 10 digs at Fresno State. Roberts also hit a team-high 42.1 percent and had four blocks in the win.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda: The senior setter tallied her seventh double-double of the season and 14th of her career on 40 assists and 14 digs. This was the seventh match of the year in which Bulda has recorded 40 or more assists. Bulda moved into ninth-place on the Boise State career assists list with 1,941.


MATCH SUMMARY

Boise State vs Fresno State (Oct 21, 2017 at Fresno, Calif.)

Boise State def. Fresno State 22-25,25-11,25-22,25-23

Boise State (12-10, 5-5 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 23-4-3; Roberts, Sabryn 12-1-4; Walley, Janell 8-0-4; Hayes, Laney 4-0-12; Leake, Keri 3-0-0; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 3-0-1; Totals 53-5-12.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 40. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 15; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 14; Roberts, Sabryn 10

Fresno State (9-13, 4-6 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Slover, Taylor 13-1-1; Hefner, Brielle 13-0-5; Folk, Aubrey 12-0-3; Uigaese, Montez 4-0-4; Watson, Haile 2-0-7; Torres, Lauren 2-0-5; Lostumo, Sydney 0-3-0; Totals 46-4-14.0. (Assists) - Halteman, Madelyn 22; Lostumo, Sydney 15. (Dig leaders) - Hutcheson, Jacque 16; Lostumo, Sydney 9; Slover, Taylor 8


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