Broncos Cruise in Sweep of Air Force
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State stormed past Air Force in impressive fashion sweeping the Falcons 25-20, 25-17, 25-11 in a Mountain West volleyball match at Bronco Gym Thursday night. The Blue and Orange grew stronger and more dominating as the contest wore on. For the second straight match the Broncos hit the ball well finishing at 32.7 percent while holding Air Force to 6.7 percent.
Boise State did a good job spreading the attack around against the Falcons as Sierra Nobley led the team with 12 kills, followed closely by Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley with 10 each. The trio accounted for 32 of the team's 46 kills.
Nobley just missed a double-double adding nine digs to her kill total. In addition to hitting a team-best 47.6 percent for 10 kills, Walley added six digs and five blocks, while Roberts had one service ace, five digs and two blocks to go with her kills.
Senior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda recorded her 10th double-double of the year dishing out a team-high 34 assists to go with a team-best 15 digs.
Boise State never trailed in the opening set and led by as many as seven points (22-15) before a Bulda touch kill over the defensive wall clinched the set victory 25-20. The Broncos hit 29.3 percent in the period and held Air Force to 12.1 percent.
The second set was tight - eight ties and three leads changes - until midway through the period when the Broncos pulled away. Up one at 12-11, Boise State rolled off a 7-0 run behind two kills each by Walley and Roberts, with Walley adding a block during the seven-point stretch. Leading 19-11, the Broncos put it into cruise control to win it 25-17. Boise State hit 32.4 percent in the set and held Air Force to 15.4 percent.
The third set was all Boise State as the Broncos raced past the Falcons opening on a 9-1 run, then stretched it out to a 17-4 advantage. Boise State took the set by 14 points (25-11) while hitting a match-high 37.9 percent while holding Ari Force to a -9.4 percent. Nobley had five kills in the period followed by Walley with four and two blocks, and Laney Hayes with three kills and one block.
The win was the second-straight sweep to open the current three-match homestand for Boise State as the Broncos improved to 15-13 overall and 8-8 in Mountain West play.
The Broncos will take the weekend off from competition before closing out the regular season home schedule next Wednesday when they host the San Jose State Spartans for Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. in Bronco Gym. Boise State will close the regular season on Nov. 18 at Nevada.
WHAT THEY SAID
Shawn Garus, Head Coach
On playing so well at home this week . . .
On what was noticeable about the team's play . . .
On the careers of the seniors winding down . . .
Call out to Bronco Nation . . .
Home Stretch, three of last four matches are at home ... the Broncos have now won the first two - by sweeps - of a three-match homestand with Wednesday's (Nov. 15) contest versus San Jose State being the home finale.
Sierra Nobley continues to increase her school and conference records for career kills, attacks and points out to 1,880, 4,839 and 2,107.5, respectively.
Maddi Osburn stretched her school record for career digs to 1,713.
Jaymee-Lee Bulda recorded her 10th double-double of the year on 34 assists and 15 digs, both team highs, to give her a career total of 17.
The Broncos evened the season series with Air Force at one win apiece and extended their lead in the all-time series with the Falcons to 13-3.
Air Force at Boise State (11-9-2017 at Boise, Idaho)
Boise State def. Air Force 25-20,25-17,25-11
Air Force (12-17, 5-10 MW)
Boise State (15-13, 8-8 MW)
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