Boise State Falls in Three to No. 20 Colorado State
Kaitlyn Oliver had 10 kills and six blocks.

Oct. 22, 2015


BOISE, Idaho (10/22/2015) - In a battle of the Mountain West Conference's top two teams, the Boise State volleyball team fell in three sets to No. 20 Colorado State, 20-25, 21-25, 31-33. It was tight throughout the three sets as Boise State was never down by more than five points and actually had leads late in all three but could not get it done.

"I don't think we played our best," Boise State head coach Shawn Garus said. "I give credit to Colorado State, they had a couple injuries and we didn't adjust very well."

The Broncos were led by sophomore Sierra Nobley with 15 kills.

Senior Sarah Baugh added 41 assists, her seventh straight game with 40-plus assists, and her 14th overall this season.

Boise State used a 12-2 run in the first set to jump to 12-4 lead in the first set before the Rams struck back with their own rally to score seven of the last nine points to win the first set.

The Broncos and Rams traded barbs in the second set before the Blue and Orange ultimately fell 21-25 down the stretch.

In the third set, Colorado State jumped to a 6-1 lead before Boise State was able to tie the match at 19 apiece. The two teams proved why they are the top two teams in the conference, trading scores with redshirt-sophomore Kaitlyn Oliver providing several key blocks on defense with the Rams eventually winning it in extra points 33-31.

Oliver finished the game with 10 kills on 36.4 percent, both second on the team. Oliver also finished with five blocks.

"We battled," Garus said. "We always battle. We were down 2-0 and we battled back and made the third set tough. I respect our team's fight."

The loss drops the Broncos to 14-7 on the season, and 6-3 in Mountain West play.

Boise State returns to action Saturday at home against Wyoming at 2 p.m. in another big contest between the two teams tied for second place at 6-3 in the standings. The Cowgirls won at Utah State tonight in four sets.

"Wyoming is really good," Garus said. "They hammered us at their place. We need to turn the corner quickly from this one. We need to get back to practice tomorrow to be ready for another tough match on Saturday."

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