Boise State Holds Off Air Force
Sierra Nobley had 18 kills.
Nov. 18, 2015

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (11/18/2015) - It was not pretty at times but Boise State’s volleyball team claimed a gritty 3-1 road victory over Air Force Wednesday night to extend the Broncos win streak to seven. Down 19-17 in the fourth set, Nobley and Baugh combined for six kills in an 8-2 Boise State run to clinch the 25-13, 25-22, 18-25, 25-21 match victory over the Falcons.

“I was happy with the way we started the match taking the first set quickly, then battling for the second set for the 2-0 lead,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “We knew that Air Force would be tough here having beat us the last two years on their home court. They came back at us and were a real challenge for our team. I’m pleased that the team hung in there and was able to win it in four.”

The win improves the Broncos to 21-7 overall and 13-3 in Mountain West Conference play. Boise State also snapped a two-match losing streak at Air Force falling there in 2013 and 2014.

With the win Boise State remains in sole possession of second place in the league standings. The Broncos have now won 13 of their last 14 contests as they return home to close out the regular season with matches against New Mexico on Saturday and Utah State next Tuesday.

Nobley led the Broncos against Air Force finishing the night with a team-high 18 kills to go with two assists, one service ace, eight digs and three blocks.

“Sierra (Nobley) came on strong at the end after struggling for a bit in the middle of the match,” commented Garus. “She was big late in the fourth set when we rallied for the win. She came through when we needed her.”

Baugh led the Boise State offensive attack by dishing out 39 assists, in addition to tallying four kills, two service aces, eight digs and five blocks. Her service ace in set two clinched the win for Boise State at 25-22.

“Sarah (Baugh) was steady for us as usual,” said Garus. “When we started to struggle and lost the third set, she picked it up as the leader on the floor talking to the team and getting them back into the match. Like Sierra she was a big part of that late run in the fourth set.”

The first set was all Boise State as the Broncos hit 53.2 percent on 15 kills and no errors on 28 attempts. The visitors raced out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in the period. They led by as many as 12 on a couple occasions including the final score 25-13.

The second set was a different story. Boise State led by five at 10-5 only to see the Falcons rally and take a 19-18 advantage. The Broncos then staged their own rally taking a 22-19 lead.

The Falcons came back to within 23-22, but the Blue and Orange remained calm and took set two on block assists by Katie Elgan and Sarah Baugh to get too set point. Then Baugh put the set away with a service ace for the 25-22 victory and a 2-0 match lead heading into the break.

Boise State came out flat in the third set and the Falcons took advantage of it going up 4-1 early to take momentum. Air Force led the entire way as the Broncos struggled to get back into the period and trailed by as many as nine at one point.

The fourth set was a battle as the Broncos took an early lead. Down 8-6, the Falcons rallied with a 6-1 run to claim a 12-9 advantage. Air Force held onto the lead until Boise State came back to tie it four times at 14, 19, 20 and 21 before taking the lead back.

With Boise State trailing 19-17 the Broncos rallied on a 8-2 run to win it.  Nobley led the rally recording four kills including the match clincher, while Baugh added two.

Maddy O'Donnell hit 40.9 percent for 11 kills. The junior middle blocker also had one assist, one service ace, one dig and a season and career-tying nine blocks.

Sabryn Roberts recorded the clinching point in set one when she blocked a Falcon attack attempt to hand the Broncos set one. The freshman finished the match with eight kills, five digs and two blocks.

Katelyn Kinghorn contributed five kills, two assists and eight digs. On the defensive side Maddi Osburn recorded a team-best 10 digs.

Boise State hit 24 percent against Air Force for 54 kills on 128 attempts with 51 assists. The Broncos also had six service aces, 49 digs and 13 blocks.

Air Force hit 19 percent for 51 kills on 135 attempts. The Falcons also had 48 assists, two service aces, 41 digs and six blocks. Akokwe Clement led the Falcons with 15 kills and seven digs, while Shelley Spires added 19 kills.


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