Broncos Down UNLV 3-0 to Set Record
Oct. 22, 2016


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BOISE, Idaho - Sierra Nobley and Sabryn Roberts combined for 30 kills to lead Boise State to a commanding 25-19, 25-14, 25-22 sweep over the Mountain West leading UNLV Rebels Saturday afternoon in Bronco Gym. It was the sixth straight sweep for the Broncos setting the school record for consecutive sweeps since the best of five format began in the early 1980s. Nobley had a team-high 17 kills against the Rebels, while Roberts added 13.

“I thought we played a real complete match today,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “It started off with good serving, Emily Sullivan was really good right from the start. I thought Jaymee Bulda played a good and really smart match, she moved the ball around and kept a lot of hitters involved. I think that had UNLV a little off balance defensively. We finally have alot of people healthy and playing really well right now, it show shows because we have won six matches in a row. I am excited about where we are at and now we need to get ready for a tough two week stretch on the road.”

The Broncos hit 27.4 percent in the victory while holding UNLV to 10.5 percent, the fourth lowest hitting percentage for an opponent this season. It was a dominating performance by Boise State who trailed only once during the contest and that was early in the third set down 2-0. The Broncos responded with a 8-1 run and never looked back as they completed the sweep.

The victory over UNLV revenges an earlier loss on Sept. 20 in Las Vegas. It also improved the Broncos to 17-6 overall and 8-2 in Mountain West play, tied for second with the Rebels who are now 19-3 overall, a match behind Colorado State at 9-1.

“I think we played well at times when we were down at UNLV earlier this season,” said Garus. “But UNLV was really resilient at home and came away with the win. Today we were the resilient ones, we didn’t give up points in bunches, withstood their pressure and we played with a lot of confidence throughout the match.”

Nobley recorded her 16th match with 15-plus kills finishing with 17 in the victory to go with two assists, one service ace, six digs and three block assists giving her a team-high 19.5 total points.

Roberts followed with 14 points off 13 kills and two block assists, she hit 41.7 percent against the Rebels.

Senior Maddy O’Donnell hit an impressive team-high 61.5 percent against UNLV with nine kills, two block solos and three block assists for 12.5 points.

Kaitlyn Oliver added six kills and three blocks, while Janell Walley chipped in four kills and five digs.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda had a great day dishing out 43 assists for a new season-high in a three set match. The junior setter also had one kill, five digs and one block assist.

Junior libero Maddi Osburn was outstanding defensively for the Broncos recording a team-high 27 digs and was perfect in 11 service receptions in the winning effort. Emily Sullivan added 11 digs, her second-best mark of the season.

Boise State finished the day tallying 50 kills off 48 assists with two service aces, 59 digs and eight blocks.

The Rebels countered with 30 kills on 28 assists to go with five service aces, 40 digs and nine blocks. No UNLV player reached double-figure kills, but Elsa Descamps led the team with six along with three block assists.

Boise State will be on the road next week when they travel to Reno, Nev., on Thursday to face the Wolfpack, followed by a contest at San Diego State on Saturday.

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