Oct. 27, 2016
Match Box Score
RENO, Nev. - Boise State volleyball rolled to its seventh-consecutive sweep 32-30, 25-22, 25-22 Thursday night on the road at Nevada to remain tied for first place in the Mountain West. Sierra Nobley, Maddy O’Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver put on an offensive show versus the Wolf Pack combining for 43 kills in the victory as the Broncos improved to 18-6 overall and 9-2 in league play.
“I thought this was an overall good team victory, everyone contributed to this win tonight,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “Nevada is a really good team, they beat us earlier in Boise, so we knew it was going to be tough tonight. Both teams played hard and for us to get this sweep down here speaks volumes to how hard we worked in practice this week and how far we’ve come this season, improving each week. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this team tonight. Now we have to turn our focus to San Diego State on Saturday.”
Nobley finished the night with a team-high 19 kills while hitting 41.5 percent to go with six digs and one block. Oliver hit a team-best 52.4 percent for 12 kills, while adding a pair of blocks in the win. O’Donnell finished hitting 30 percent against Nevada for 12 kills, in addition to one service ace, four digs and team-high six blocks.
“We knew we had to battle down the stretch,” said senior Maddy O’Donnell. “I just went back to the service line with confidence to end the game. I am so proud of how hard we fought all match long. Another sweep!!!”
The match was a testament to how far this team has come. Of their six losses this season they at times held leads in crucial moments but failed to handle the pressure and lost down the stretch. Tonight they stood in there and battled through to the end.
The Broncos opened with a crucial set one victory that went to extra points before they down Nevada 32-30. The period was a battle featuring 17 ties and six lead changes.
It could have gone either way as Boise State had five sets points and Nevada four before Oliver gave the Broncos the final set point at 31-30 that was followed by a Wolf Pack error that clinched if for the blue and orange.
The second set was just as close with the Broncos leading most of the way before Oliver put it away on the second set point for a 25-22 win.
Set three opened with Nevada taking the early advantage going up three on a couple occasions and holding the lead until midway through the period. Boise State used a 5-0 run to go from 15-13 down to 18-15 up.
However, Nevada came back to take a 19-18 lead and was up 22-20 when the Broncos rolled off another 5-0 run powered by three Nobley kills, one O’Donnell kill followed by the match clinching point on a O’Donnell service ace that sealed it.
Sabryn Roberts added seven kills and a pair of blocks in the winning effort. Janell Walley chipped in two kills but was huge on the block recording five to go with five digs.
Jaymee-Lee Bulda recorded her seventh double-double on 46 assists and 10 digs. Meanwhile, Maddi Osburn had a team-high 12 digs.
Boise State finished the night hitting 29.5 percent for 55 kills on 52 assists. The Broncos also had one service ace, 47 digs and 10 blocks.
Nevada countered by hitting 22.4 percent for 47 kills off 46 assists to go with five service aces, 51 digs and six blocks. Madison Foley led three Wolf Pack players in double-figure kills with 15, followed by Madison Morrell with 14 and Kathryn Groeneweghe with 10.