Win Streak Hits 11, Broncos Sweep SJSU
Nov. 12, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State dominated San Jose State Saturday afternoon in Mountain West volleyball action as the Broncos hit 43 percent as a team ─ tied for seventh-best percentage in program history ─ against the Spartans in Bronco Gym. The Broncos hit over 40 percent in all three sets as they won by and average of 10.7 points per set 25-17, 25-12, 25-14.

“I thought it was a real solid performance all around,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “I thought Jaymee (Bulda) distributed the ball well to day getting all the hitters involved, I think we hit over 40 percent in all three sets which is great. It was just a good consistent effort from the entire team.”

The win extends Boise State’s win streak to 11 straight, 10 by sweep, as it improved to 22-6 overall and 13-2 in MW play, tied for first with Colorado State who will be in town this Wednesday night.

Sierra Nobley led the team recording her league-high 15th double-double of the year on 16 kills to go with 12 digs, both team highs. The junior outside hitter finished the match hitting 48.3 percent, her second-best percentage this season, and added two block assists to give her 17 points on the day.

Maddy O’Donnell was dominating hitting a team-second-best 55 percent for 13 kills. She added a team-high five blocks to finish with 16 total points against the Spartans.

The first set was tied at 6 all when the Broncos took control with a 10-0 run. O’Donnell had two kills and a block, while Sabryn Roberts had three kills during the run to spark Boise State. The Blue and Orange led by as many as 11 points before finishing the set off with a Kaitlyn Oliver smash through the defense for a 25-17 win.

Oliver finished the contest hitting a team-best 57.1 percent for eight kills. Roberts added eight kills as well to go with one block assist.

Boise State never trailed in the second set against San Jose State as they won it by 13 points. The period was tied at 8-8 when the Broncos rolled off another 10-0 run to take command up 18-8. They finished on a 16-4 run with Nobley putting it away with the final kill.

The third set saw SJSU come out firing taking the early lead over the Broncos. Down 6-5 to the Spartans, Boise State turned it on rattling off a 9-1 run to go up 15-7. The Broncos would put it away by 11 points with O’Donnell recording the decisive kill to clinch the set and sweep.

Boise State has now won 33 of its last 34 sets during its current 11 match win streak which includes 10 sweeps.

Janell Walley finished the contest tallying five kills with one service ace and eight digs.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out 36 assists and was subbed out late the third set by Cassedi Simon when there was little doubt to the outcome. Bulda also recorded three consecutive service aces during a run of six straight Bronco points in the third set that stretched a 9-7 Boise State advantage out to 15-7. Bulda just missed a double-double as she tallied nine digs.

“When a team hits over 400 its not about one player, it’s about the setter (Bulda) who moved the ball around and got everybody involved,” Garus said. “We did a good job passing as well which usually starts with Maddi Osburn. Overall we were clicking today, our offense is really hard to stop when we’re on.”

Maddi Osburn tied Nobley for the team-high on digs with 12 to go with seven assists and one service ace.

Boise State recorded 50 kills as a team off 44 assists. The Broncos also had five service aces, 46 digs and five blocks in the victory.

San Jose State was held to 14.9 percent hitting for 28 kills off 26 assists. The Spartans finished with one service ace, 30 digs and three blocks. Nandyala Gama led SJSU with a team-high seven kills and two blocks.

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