Nov. 14, 2015
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BOISE, Idaho (11/14/2015) - The Boise State women's volleyball record book was rewritten in Saturday's 3-0 win against Nevada, 25-18, 25-16, 25-11.
Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley set the record for most kills in a season during the first set. Nobley currently has 448 kills this season. She broke Sharon Leonhardt's 30-year old record of 438 kills during the 1986 season.
"Isn't it amazing to see Sierra, just as a sophomore, to set the all-time kills record," Boise State head coach Shawn Garus said. "Last year she had a tremendous season as just a freshman, and she didn't have a sophomore slump. I'm really proud of her."
Senior setter Sarah Baugh also moved into fourth place on the career assists list. Baugh's 34 assists against the Wolf Pack gives her a career total of 3,617. She passed Mandy Klein's 3,584 career assists from 2005-08.
"For Sarah, it's a career of work," Garus said. "She came in as a freshman and was only playing half the time, and she's still moving into that high status in our program."
The win was Boise State's sixth-consecutive win and fourth-straight sweep, the most consecutive sweeps for Boise State during the rally scoring era, and earned the Broncos their 20th win of the season. The last time Boise State notched 20 or more wins in a season was the 21-12 2010 campaign.
The Broncos earned their 12th Mountain West Conference win this season, the best since joining the league in 2011, and it is the most conference wins since the Broncos went 13-3 in 1989 as a member of the Big Sky Conference.
"Our team's just played great all year long," Garus said. "20 wins is kind of a measuring stick of a next level of success that we want to achieve. We hope we can put a few of them together."
Boise State took the first set handily, keying off of 15 Nevada errors, while using six team service aces and four blocks from junior middle blocker Maddy O'Donnell to win, 25-18.
Nevada would finish the match with 23 errors.
The Broncos battled back and forth with the Wolf Pack in the second set until taking the lead at 9-8. From there, Boise State went on a 16-8 run to clinch the win, 25-16.
Boise State jumped to an early lead, starting the third set on a 14-2 run. The Broncos would finish the set with a convincing 25-11 win.
The Broncos have now won 15 straight sets. Their last set defeat came when they dropped the second set of an Oct. 29 match against Fresno State, 22-25. Boise State would win that match 3-2.
"I think our offense is so balanced right now," Garus said. "We have a lot of players playing well, and our setter is distributing the ball very effectively."
The Broncos defense also played a factor in the win, holding the Wolf Pack to 9.4 percent hitting. Boise State is 15-0 this season when holding opponents under 20 percent.
O'Donnell's six blocks also paved the way for 11.0 total blocks for the Broncos -- a season high for a three set match.
Boise State also notched 11 service aces, their most this season in a match, regardless of set count.
Boise State has three remaining regular season matches this season -- on the road against Air Force on Nov. 18, and then home matches against New Mexico and Utah State on Nov. 21 and 24 respectively to close out the season.
The Broncos are currently No. 45 in the NCAA RPI rankings and are in contention for a bid to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large.
"We're going to keep taking it one at a time," Garus said. "Next stop is a road game at Air Force. Air Force has beat us at their place the last couple of years, so I know our players will be focused to try and come away with a win there. They're a feisty team, and it's going to be really tough to come away with a win in Colorado Springs."