Sabryn Roberts hit a career-high 60 percent in win.
Oct. 31, 2015
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (10/31/2015) – Boise State volleyball made it look scary easy on Halloween night in Las Vegas as the Broncos surprisingly swept UNLV 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 at home where the Rebels were undefeated at 10-0 entering the match. After struggling in their five-set win at Fresno State on Thursday, the Broncos came out fired up on Saturday against the Rebels sprinting out to two relatively easy wins in sets one and two before holding off a third set rally by UNLV.
"I am proud of the way the team came out and competed tonight," said head coach Shawn Garus. "Tonight we started with intensity and took momentum early and never really let up. It was big for us to take the first two sets, I knew that UNLV is a good team and could comeback on us if we let up. The third set was tight but I thought we did a good job calming ourselves when they came back and took the lead. Fortunately, Sabryn (Roberts) and Sierra (Nobley) got big hits for us to put us over the top.”
The win keeps the Broncos at second place in the Mountain West Conference standings at 9-3 as they improved to 17-7 overall, while UNLV fell to 13-10 on the year and 6-5 in league. Boise State will play at San Jose State in their lone match next week before returning home to host four of the final five regular season contests.
Boise State was led by two players who recorded double-doubles on the night starting with Sierra Nobley who notched her 10th of the season on a team-high 15 kills and 10 digs, to go with two blocks.
Sarah Baugh earned her MW-leading 13th double-double of the year by dishing out 38 assists to go with 11 digs. The senior also added two kills, one service ace and one block.
Boise State opened the match with a commanding 12-point win over the Rebels in set one hitting a match-high 35 percent while defensively holding UNLV to .000 in the period. The second set was a little tighter through the midway point before the Broncos pulled away for the eight-point victory to take a commanding 2-0 match lead.
The third set was a battle with 10 ties and four lead changes before Boise State held off UNLV for the win. UNLV had rallied from four down with a 5-0 run to take a 22-21 lead late. The Broncos regrouped to take a 23-22 lead only to see the Rebels tie it at 23. Sabryn Roberts gave the Blue and Orange match point with a kill, while Nobley put the punctuation mark on the win with the decisive kill to give Boise State a 25-23 set win to clinch the match.
Roberts hit a team and career-high 60 percent on the night for 12 kills and no errors. The freshman added two assists, two digs and two blocks against UNLV.
Kaitlyn Oliver hit 37.5 percent for seven kills to go with her two blocks. Maddy O'Donnell recorded five kills and tallied a team-high five blocks in the winning effort. Maddi Osburn added a team-high defensive effort with 15 digs.
Boise State finished the night hitting 33.6 percent for 46 kills on 44 assists, in addition to three service aces, 53 digs and eight blocks.
UNLV countered by hitting 10.8 percent against the Broncos as they struggled with Boise State’s defense. The Rebels recorded 33 kills on 32 assists to go along with three service aces, 49 digs and two blocks.
Ceannia Kincade led the Rebels with 10 kills and six digs, followed by Bree Hammel with nine kills.