Boise State Dominating in 3-0 Win Over New Mexico
Harden moves into eighth place all-time in career kills at Boise State.

BOISE, Idaho (11/3/2012) - Boise State volleyball was dominating in a straight set 25-11, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Mountain West rival New Mexico Saturday afternoon in Bronco Gym. Boise State was in command of the match throughout hitting .267 percent while holding the Lobos to .032 percent. Taylor Murphey led the Broncos with nine kills followed by Liz Harden with eight.

"I was really happy with the intensity that we came out with," said head coach Shawn Garus. "We took control of the match early and did not let up. It was a solid team effort by everyone and a big win for us, we had not beaten them before today."

The eight kills by Harden moved her into eighth place all-time at Boise State in career kills with 1,063.  The win is the second in a row for the Broncos who moved to 13-12 overall and 5-5 in conference play, New Mexico fell to 19-9 on the year and 6-6 in MW action. This is the first win for Boise State over the Lobos in five tries, it also concludes the series between the two programs for the foreseeable future.

Boise State opened the match with a dominating set one racing out to a 17-5 lead before the Lobos knew what had hit them. The Broncos hit .263 percent and held New Mexico to -.227 as Boise State took the early match lead with a 25-11 set victory.

The second set saw the Broncos jump out to a couple 10-point leads with the last coming at 22-12. New Mexico attempted to rally late pulling to within six three times, the first came at 22-16 with the last at 24-18. Boise State won the set 25-18 by hitting .333 percent and was led by Fiona Jones with five kills and one block.

Down three, 4-1, early the Broncos rallied with a 11-3 run to take control of momentum in the third set up 12-7.  The Lobos responded pulling to within one at 13-12 but that was as close as they would get. Boise State put the match away with a commanding 12-3 run that was good for a 25-15 set victory over New Mexico.

Sophomore Taylor Murphey led the Broncos hitting .389 percent for a team-high nine kills. Harden followed with her eight kills on a team-best .533 percent hitting. Alyssa Gammel added seven kills, career-high four aces, six digs and two blocks for a team-high 12 points. Leah Stevens continues to be solid at the net recording five blocks to go with five kills and one ace. Jones contributed five kills, one ace and three blocks. Sarah Baugh led the team in assists with 17 followed by Casey Rose's 16.

Chantale Riddle led the Lobos with 13 kills and two blocks followed by Alijah Gunsaulus with five kills.

Boise State returns to Bronco Gym tomorrow afternoon when they host a nonconference match against CSU Bakersfield at 1:00 p.m.  The two teams met earlier this year in Bakersfield, Calif., where the Broncos won in four on Oct. 6. Anyone who presents a ticket stub from Saturday's football game against San Diego State gets free admission to Sunday's volleyball match.

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