Senior Night Sweep of SJSU
Nov. 15, 2017
BOISE, Idaho -- Sierra Nobley (11) and Janell Walley (10) combined for 21 kills on Senior Night to lead Boise State to its third-straight sweep in a 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 win over San Jose State Wednesday night in Bronco Gym. The Boise State offense continued its hot hitting combining for 31.2 percent as a team, while holding the Spartans to 20 percent.
The win improves the Broncos to 16-13 overall and 9-8 in Mountain West play, while San Jose State falls to 17-11 and 9-8 in league.
Walley was on fire hitting the ball at a 52.9 percent clip in tallying her 10 kills, to go with two service aces, five digs and two blocks for a team-high 13.5 points.
Nobley had a team-high 11 kills while hitting 33.3 percent on the night, she added one ace, three digs and two blocks for 13 points.
Laney Hayes recorded a team-high three blocks, it is the 14th time this season that she has led the team, and hit 35.7 percent for seven kills.
Jaymee-Lee Bulda earned a double-double on 29 assists and 10 digs.
Maddi Osburn tallied six assists and 10 digs to round out the four seniors.
The Broncos weathered the storm in the first set to win 25-23. Boise State jumped to a 3-0 lead thanks to a stellar defensive effort. The Spartans were able to rally, pulling to a 14-11 lead. An attack error from the Spartans would pave the way for Boise State to go on a 4-0 run ahead of the media timeout in the first set. Boise State would keep the remainder of the set close before Janell Walley got the final four kills of the set for the Broncos. A service error on San Jose State would clinch the set for Boise State.
Walley would continue her hot streak in the second set as Boise State trailed only twice. The sophomore and Sierra Nobley hit their stride midway through the set, propelling the Broncos to a 15-8 lead before the Spartans were forced to take a timeout. San Jose State would pull within three at 17-14, but Boise State found another gear. Laney Hayes got a kill from the right side to put the Broncos up by four points as Boise State closed on an 8-4 run to take the second set, 25-18.
A 4-1 jump at the beginning of the third set did little to scare the Broncos. Boise State went on a 6-0 run to go up 7-4 and never looked back. The Broncos never trailed again, weathering several rallies to pull within 23-20. A rocket from Nobley on the right side moved the Broncos to the set point, and Bulda followed up with a service ace to finish the sweep, 25-20.
WHAT THEY SAID
Shawn Garus, Head Coach
On the four seniors ending their home careers with the another sweep . . .
"I think they got exactly what they wanted at home, they have finished with three sweeps against teams that either beat us earlier in the year or are sitting ahead of us in the standings. So I know the girls are really pleased with how they finished down the stretch."
On the individual contributions of the seniors during their careers . . .
"It is a great class. Sierra (Nobley) has put her name all over the record books and she'll be recognized as one of the top players in program history for a long, long time. Maddi Osburn is very similar in their respective stat categories. They (Sierra and Maddi) have up amazing numbers, they have pushed this program to new heights. Jaymee-Lee Bulda was the starting setter her junior and senior years, she helped lead this team to the program's first ever NCAA appearance last year. Laney Hayes is a fifth-year senior, she has done so much for us this season starting every match at middle blocker. They all have contributed to this program and I wouldn't single anyone of them out over the others, they have meant a lot to us. It was such a great class."
On sweeping San Jose State . . .
"I think San Jose is a really aggressive team and when they are passing well they have a offense that is tough to stop. I thought our team was well prepared with only a couple days of practice this week, overall I'm really pleased with the result."
Sierra Nobley, senior outside hitter
On sweeping the last three teams and winning on her final night in Bronco Gym . . .
"It's really awesome to be winning towards the end of the season, it is really good for us as a team especially since we are looking for some kind of postseason tournament whether it is the NCAAs or the NIVC (National Invitational Volleyball Championship). It was a really good confidence booster and we are jelling as a team. It was really cool to see all of the seniors perform so well here tonight, in addition to all the others who were out there on the court."
On what she will remember most about playing in front of the fans here in Boise . . .
"Probably this atmosphere after the games when everyone is coming up to and telling you how awesome it is to watch us. We really appreciate their support so much, it means so much, I know that other sports might not do this, but it is a part of who we are and I love this culture with our fans."
On the emotion of playing her last home match . . .
"I tried not to make it too emotional because we still had a tough contest against San Jose State who beat Colorado State last week, so we had to stay really focused. It (the night) was cool, my family couldn't actually make it out to the match, so I had my Boise family walk me out onto the court which was really special."
Senior Night: It was the final home match in the careers of the four Boise State seniors Jaymee-Lee Bulda, Laney Hayes, Sierra Nobley and Maddi Osburn as they now have a combined record of 83-39 overall and 51-20 in Mountain West contests.
Sierra Nobley: The senior extended her Boise State and Mountain West career records for kills to 1,891 and points to 2,120.5.
Maddi Osburn: The senior from Nampa, Idaho, stretched her Bose State career digs record out to 1,723.
Jaymee-Lee Bulda: The senior setter recorded her 11th double-double of the season and 18th of her career.
San Jose State vs Boise State (11-15-2017 at Boise, Idaho)
Boise State def. San Jose State 25-23,25-18,25-20
San Jose State (17-11, 9-8 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Vido, Fernanda 11-0-1; Grajeda, Thaliana 10-0-3; Parts, Laura 8-0-1; Gama, Nandyala 8-0-1; Robinson, Breann 2-1-1; Thomison, Ryann 0-0-1; Andrade, Luiza 0-1-0; Totals 39-2-5.0. (Assists) - Robinson, Breann 34. (Dig leaders) - Andrade, Luiza 10; Hirai, Jamie 5
Boise State (16-13, 9-8 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 11-1-2; Walley, Janell 10-2-2; Roberts, Sabryn 7-1-1; Hayes, Laney 7-0-3; Lewis, Kiley 5-1-1; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 2-1-0; Totals 42-6-5.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 29. (Dig leaders) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 10; Osburn, Maddi 10
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