Nov. 18, 2016
Stats | Match Box Score
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Boise State volleyball rolled to a surprising sweep at Wyoming Friday night 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 to clinch a share of the Mountain West championship and the league’s automatic berth into next month’s NCAA Tournament. It is only the second home loss of the year for Wyoming as Boise State extended its win streak to 13 straight, 11 by sweep.
The win secures the Broncos a trip to the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament with a 24-6 overall record and 15-2 mark in MW play, tying the school record for league wins. This is also the first Mountain West championship and the first conference title for the Broncos since the 1988 team won the Big Sky Conference.
Boise State will attempt to claim the conference championship outright Tuesday night when it closes the regular season at home against Air Force.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team and what they’ve accomplished this year,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “The team was showing some nerves and a little anxiousness this afternoon, they know how good a team Wyoming is and how hard they are to beat at home. I thought we handle Wyoming’s pressure and the pressure of the circumstances of this match well. It was a battle with Wyoming, every time it looked like we had momentum in a set, they came back on us. Like many of the victories in this run, this was a team win with everyone contributing. Now we need to close it out Tuesday at home against Air Force.”
Sierra Nobley led Boise State with a team-high 19 kills, eight came in the first set when the Broncos rallied from five down to claim the set. Tied at 20 all, Boise State put the period away with a 5-0 run, two points came off Nobley kills.
“The last two matches would not have been possible without the long hard off season and motivated summer workouts,” said Nobley. “Every single player on this team worked their tail off to be able to have such an incredible season, and winning the conference was icing on the cake. We’re so grateful for our coaches, trainers, weight coaches, and every person who was 100% invested in us, because we couldn’t have gotten this far without them. It’s so exciting to be a part of this program as we continue to climb higher than we ever have in the past. Proud of all my teammates and ready to seal the deal on Tuesday night!”
Nobley recorded six more kills in a back and forth second set that had seven ties and five lead changes. Maddy O’Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver each added three kills during the period as well. With the score tied at 16, the Broncos finished on a 9-2 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
O’Donnell hit a team-best 35.7 percent during the victory tallying seven kills to go with two blocks.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my senior year,” said O’Donnell. “Wyoming is a hard atmosphere to play in and we came in with complete confidence and rattled them from start to finish. I am so proud of my team and coaches for all we have accomplished this season. I can’t wait for our first ever NCAA appearance! Let’s go Broncos!”
Oliver hit 21.4 percent to get seven kills and added a team-high (tied) three blocks.
“This still doesn’t seem real,” Oliver said. “We’ve put so much hard work in this season and we couldn’t have accomplished everything we have so far without it. It’s been a grind and I’m so proud of each and every one of my teammates for their heart and persistence through this journey. They are my sisters and I wouldn’t want to share this moment with anyone else. We’re going to the NCAA tournament!! GO BRONCOS!”
The third set saw Nobley continue her intensity recording five kills and three blocks in the four-point set victory. Sabryn Roberts followed with four kills, while Oliver had three more kills and all three of her blocks. The Broncos finished the third with a 4-0 run which was capped with a Janell Walley smash to clinch the match and share of the conference title.
Walley finished the contest with six kills, 13 digs and two blocks.
“ Wow! I am honestly at a loss for words!” Walley said. “Coming into this program as a freshman and my first season we win the conference and are going to the NCAA tournament, that is incredible! I am so incredibly proud of all of my teammates and what we have accomplished this year! We are making Bronco history. Looking forward to our first appearance in the tournament. Proud to be a Bronco!”
Sabryn Roberts added five kills and a block to the winning effort.
“It’s such a blessing to be apart of something so amazing,” Roberts commented. “We’re breaking records for not only our school but our program and we owe it all to our family, friends and support from the Boise community. So proud to be a Bronco!”
Jaymee-Lee Bulda dished out 38 assists and had eight digs in the match. She now had 1,064 on the season, 13th in school history.
“Being a part of something like this is truly special,” Bulda said. “From day one we have worked harder and harder everyday on and off the court. We’re not just a team, we’re sisters and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Boise State Bronco”
Maddi Osburn tallied a team-high 15 digs in the win to give her 515 on the season, second most in program history and six short of tying the school record of 521.
Boise State finished the night hitting 21.4 percent against the Cowgirls for 46 kills off 44 assists. The Broncos had three service aces, 48 digs and six blocks in the win.
Wyoming was held to 4.6 percent hitting as a team, the second lowest percent by a Bronco opponent this season. The Cowgirls ended the match with 29 kills on 28 assists with three service aces, 36 digs and five blocks. Reed Copeland led Wyoming with nine kills and four blocks.