Broncos' Win Streak Grows to 10


Nov. 10, 2016

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(BOISE, Idaho) - The Boise State women’s volleyball team swept Fresno State (13-13, 4-11) – 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 – for their ninth sweep of their current 10-match winning streak, Thursday night at Bronco Gym.

The Broncos (21-6, 12-2) have 10 sweeps during conference play, their most since joining the Mountain West in 2011.

“I feel like as things started rolling and we were winning in three (sets), we got healthy.” Boise State head coach Shawn Garus said. “We didn’t have these long, grueling, two hour matches. We were efficient, we got in and out, and we rested and got ready for the next day. What that’s led to is all 14 players playing at a very high level in practice which has gotten us ready for the next match.”

Boise State jumped to an early 13-5 lead in the first set with stellar defense at the net by Sabryn Roberts and Maddy O’Donnell. Added offense from O’Donnell and a service ace from libero Maddi Osburn gave the Broncos the set victory, 25-15.

The Bulldogs jumped to an early 4-1 lead in the second set, but O’Donnell displayed ability on both ends of the court to pull the score even at 6. A balanced attack from O’Donnell, Sierra Nobley, Kaitlyn Oliver and Roberts kept Boise State in the match and gave the Broncos the 24-16 lead.

Fresno State rallied to pull the score within three at 24-21, but O’Donnell proved to be the difference maker again with the kill to end the set, 25-21.

The Bulldogs again jumped to an early 4-1 lead in the third set, but dominant serving from Jaymee-Lee Bulda and a trio of attack errors by Fresno State put the Broncos on top, 12-8. Boise State would not look back, going on a 13-7 run to take the third set for another sweep.

The Broncos had seven service aces as a team on the night, led by Bulda and Nobley with two apiece.

Bulda added 40 assists for her 16th match this season with 40 or more assists.

Boise State turned out a phenomenal defensive effort with 10 blocks while also holding Fresno State to 12.2 percent attacking.

O’Donnell led the team in both blocks and kills with five and 12, respectively. The five blocks moved O’Donnell to seventh place on the school record list in career blocks (370).

Nobley joined O’Donnell in double-digit kills with 10 on the night. The junior also had two blocks and five digs.

Senior Maddi Osburn added 14 digs on the night. She is currently one shy of tying Amanda Remy (2011) at fourth in the school record book for digs in a season at 472.

Boise State returns to action Saturday at 2 p.m. (MT) at Bronco Gym against San Jose State. The Spartans (12-15, 5-10) were swept by the Broncos on Oct. 13 in San Jose, Calif.

“Right now, it’s all about Saturday against San Jose State,” said Garus. “That’s a 2 p.m. match, we’d love to get a lot of fans out here for it. They’re streaky. You can tell that when they beat a team like Colorado State in five sets, they certainly have a lot of talent.”


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