Broncos Impress in Sweep Over UNLV
Oct. 26, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State was impressive in a sweep over UNLV on Thursday night at Bronco Gym defeating the Rebels 25-20, 25-17, 25-14. Boise State built momentum with each set as the Broncos began to dominate as the match wore on to collect a key Mountain West Conference victory over the Rebels.

Sierra Nobley started the night slow, but like her team she took control as the match progressed. She hit 52.6 percent combined in the final two sets to lead the Broncos over the Rebels. She finished the night hitting a season-high 37.9 percent overall with 14 kills, two service aces, nine digs and two blocks.

Sabryn Roberts was close behind hitting 31 percent in the contest for 11 kills to go with one ace, three digs and two blocks.

Boise State opened strong taking the first two periods by an average of 6.5 points each. Trailing 14-13 in set one, the Blue and Orange went on a 8-1 run taking momentum from the Rebels in the 25-20 win. The Broncos took the set hitting 24.2 percent and held the Rebels to 15.8 percent. Roberts led the Broncos with six kills in the period.

Nobley led Boise State’s offense in the second set hitting 55.6 percent for a team-high six kills. The period was tied at 10 when the Broncos rattled off an 8-0 run. They cruised to the set win by eight points 25-17 behind 32.3 percent hitting.

The third set was the most impressive for Boise State as it claimed an 11-point victory (25-14) over the Rebels to clinch the sweep. After trailing 2-1, the Broncos slowly pulled away and never trailed again. Up 8-7, Boise State rolled off another decisive run to take control, this time it was 5-0 to go up 13-7. The run grew to 9-2 ─ four by Nobley ─ and a commanding 17-9 lead. Boise State hit a night-best 37.1 percent in the period while holding UNLV to 14.3 percent.

The Broncos finished the match hitting 31.3 percent as a team for 42 kills on 38 assists with seven service aces ─ tied for season high ─ 44 digs and seven blocks. UNLV was held to 16 percent hitting on the night for 35 kills off 33 assists to go with two service aces, 41 digs and four blocks.

The victory was the second straight and improved Boise State to 13-10 overall and 6-5 in MW play, while UNLV fell to 8-16 and 4-7 in league. Next up for the Broncos is a home match against New Mexico at noon on Saturday.


WHAT THEY SAID

Shawn Garus, head coach

On what it meant to be at home . . .

“It was huge to be at home after two long weeks on the road with a random schedule, a Tuesday match, then a Saturday followed by a Thursday , then Saturday. So being back in the friendly confines of Bronco Gym was exactly what we needed, not only for the match but we got to practice in our own gym for three days in a row. It was big for us.”

On Sierra Nobley late in the match . . .

“You know I thought UNLV did a great job early keying on her, slowing it down and not giving her a lot of open looks. But I thought she did a good job of being patient in the first set. In the second we started moving it around a bit, she was able to find some openings and started rolling.”

On using this win as a springboard for the rest of the season . . .

“We have New Mexico on Saturday and we were able to beat them at their place earlier, but the second time around you cannot take the foot off the gas. But I like where we are at with this group, I like momentum, I like to build confidence up. We’ve had a tough stretch the last couple of weeks with illnesses and injuries, I think with this match we can build to were we want to be and get a win on Saturday.”


Sierra Nobley, senior outside hitter

On playing at home . . .

“It is so nice to be at home, it is easier to play in front of your own fans and on your own floor. We’ve been struggling a little bit the last couple weeks, so it was nice to get home and come together as team again.”

On UNLV keying on her early . . .

“It took me a little while to warm up, but we had such a balanced offense in the game. I thought Jaymee (Bulda) did a good job of distributing the ball around, that caused their block some trouble and opened things up later in the match.”


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Team Hitting: Boise State recorded its top hitting performance as a team during conference this season against the Rebels finishing at 31.3 percent.

Sierra Nobley on the Night: The senior really came on as the match progressed to hit a season-high 37.9 percent for 14 kills. She hit 55.6 percent (6-1-9) in the second set and 50 percent (6-1-10) in the third.

Sierra Nobley Records: Nobley became the first Bronco or Mountain West player to surpass the 1,800 career kills plateau as she extended her school and conference records out to 1,809. In addition, Nobley stretched her school career points record to 2,026.5 and closed to within 38.5 points of tying the conference record.


MATCH SUMMARY

UNLV vs Boise State (10-26-2017 at Boise, Idaho)

Boise State def. UNLV 25-20,25-17,25-14

UNLV (8-16, 4-7 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Hayden, Mariena 8-1-1; Owens, Ashley 8-0-3; Descamps, Elsa 7-1-1; Davis, Erin 5-0-1; Berg, Jill 5-0-0; Kiner-Falefa, Leka 2-0-0; Jacobs, Riley 0-0-1; Sweder, Thea 0-0-1; Totals 35-2-4.0. (Assists) - Jacobs, Riley 31. (Dig leaders) - Kiner-Falefa, Leka 11; Hayden, Mariena 9

Boise State (13-10, 6-5 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 14-2-2; Roberts, Sabryn 11-1-2; Hayes, Laney 6-0-4; Walley, Janell 4-2-0; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 4-0-1; Wilson, Lizzie 2-0-0; Christensen, Celine 1-0-2; Lewis, Kiley 0-1-1; Simon, Maddie 0-1-0; Totals 42-7-7.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 33. (Dig leaders) - Walley, Janell 10; Nobley, Sierra 9; Osburn, Maddi 9; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 8


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