Broncos Hold Off Aztecs in Four
Oct. 29, 2016

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Boise State volleyball extended its win streak to eight straight with a four-set victory 25-19, 25-21, 14-25, 25-23 on the road at San Diego State Saturday night. In the victory Boise State tied the 35-year-old school record for consecutive sets won by sweeping the first two, only to see the Aztecs snap the streak in the third. Sierra Nobley led the Broncos to the win with 19 kills, followed by Sabryn Roberts with 12 and Maddy O’Donnell with 10.

“Nothing was easy tonight against a good San Diego State team that refused to quit,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “I thought we handle their pressure well, especially when they came back and won the third set. I thought Jaymee (Bulda) did a great job setting our outside hitters tonight who were huge for us. Sierra (Nobley) and Sabryn (Roberts) were great hitting it on the outside and caused the Aztecs issues defensively. I am just happy we got the win tonight and look forward to us caring this momentum on next week.”

The victory keeps Boise State tied for first place with UNLV at 10-2 in conference play, while improving to 19-6 overall. San Diego State falls to 14-11 on the year and 6-5 in league. The Broncos will close a three-match road swing next Thursday night at Utah State in their lone contest of the week.

The Aztecs opened the match on a 3-0 run to start set one, only to see the Broncos answer with a 8-2 streak to take the lead 8-5 and never trailed again in the period. Roberts closed the set by scoring the final two Bronco points to give the visitors an early match lead in front of a large Boise State fan base.

Nobley recorded seven of her kills in the second set, including three of the final six for the blue and orange. With the period tied at 19, Nobley gave the Broncos the lead at 20-19. Down 21-20, Nobley sparked a 5-0 run with the first three points on two kills and a service ace. Roberts completed the set victory with a smash that gave the Broncos a four-point win.

Nobley finished the match hitting 33.3 percent for a team-high 19 kills to go with one assist, team-high three service aces, eight digs and one block assist for 22.5 points.

Roberts followed Nobley adding 12 kills while hitting 29 percent. She also recorded one dig, one block solo and two block assists.

Senior Maddy O’Donnell hit a team-best 50 percent on the night for 10 kills. The native of Irvine, Calif., added two service aces, three digs and four block assists. The blocks tied her for eighth place with Ronda Recknor (1981-83) on the Boise State career blocks list with 361.

San Diego State rallied to win the third set decisively 25-14 to extend the contest to a fourth set and snapping the Broncos’ set win streak at 23.

The fourth set was tight throughout with 12 ties and one lead change. The Aztecs lead initially and were up 9-7 when the Broncos rallied with a 4-0 run to take the lead for good at 10-9. SDSU stayed closed the rest of the way and tied it up seven more times, the last coming at 23-23.

With the fourth set tied at 23, Oliver gave Boise State match point when she hammered a kill past the block. She then finished the match off by teaming up with Janell Walley on a block for the decisive point.

Oliver finished the contest with nine kills by hitting 42.1 percent, she added three block assists in the winning effort.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda led the Boise State offense by dishing out 45 assists in addition to one service ace, eight digs and career-high three block assists.

Maddi Osburn was spectacular defensive making several key saves with incredible digs. The junior from Nampa, Idaho, finished with a team-high 11 in the match.

The Broncos finished the contest hitting a season-high 35.4 percent for 55 kills on 50 assists. They also had six service aces, 42 digs and eight blocks in th ewin.

San Diego State also hit the ball well tonight finishing at 31.2 percent with 59 kills off 53 assists. The Aztecs had five service aces, 60 digs and four blocks. Alexandra Psoma led SDSU with 23 kills while hitting 47.4 percent.

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