Boise State Rolls in Sweep at Nevada
Nov. 18, 2017

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RENO, Nev. - Boise State closed the regular season on the road in Reno where the Broncos recorded their fourth-straight victory by sweep in a 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack. Sierra Nobley, Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley combined for 45 of the Broncos’ 55 kills and each hit over 38 percent to lead Boise State to the win.



The victory improved the Broncos to 17-13 overall and 10-8 in Mountain West play to finish the regular season in a two-way tie for third with San Diego State.

Nobley led the team with 21.5 points on 21 kills while hitting 38.6 percent ─ her second-best percentage of the season ─ to go with one block assist. The senior just missed a double-double tallying nine digs.

Roberts hit 39.3 percent on her way to 13 kills, she also tallied seven digs and team-high (tied) three blocks for 14.5 points.

Walley continues her string a hot hitting leading the team at 47.4 percent for 11 kills. The sophomore also led in services aces with three, in addition to five digs and one block to finish with 14.5 points.

Laney Hayes also had a solid outing at middle blocker where she tallied seven kills and tied Roberts for the team-high in blocks with three.

Jamymee-Lee Bulda earned her 11th double-double of the season on 47 assists and 10 digs.

Maddi Osburn led the way defensively recording a team high 13 digs, she also added five assists and two service aces.

Like Walley, the team overall has been on fire hitting the ball in recent weeks finishing at 35.6 percent against Nevada, including hitting a solid 41.7 percent and 43.2 percent in the second and third sets, respectively. Nevada was held to 25.8 percent hitting overall.

Boise State opened the first set fast racing out to a 10-4 lead over the Wolf Pack. The Broncos never trailed in the period but Nevada did not go away easily as the Wolf Pack rallied to within 21-20 and again at 22-21 and 23-22. Nobley gave the Broncos set point at 24-22 with a hard slam from the back row, followed by a Nevada error that gave the set to the Blue and Orange.

The second period was a bit closer as the teams were tied 11 times with two lead changes. Boise State gained the lead early and hung onto it until late. The Broncos led by as many as four twice, the last came at 14-10. Nevada then went on a 6-1 run to take its first lead of the match at 16-15. After the Broncos tied it at 16, the Wolf Pack took its last lead of the contest at 17-16.

Boise State regained the lead with a 3-0 run ─ powered by two Laney Hayes kills ─ in the second period to go up 19-17. Roberts’ slammed an attack off a defender to get the Broncos to set point at 24-22. Nobley put it away 25-23 with her 16th kill of the match hitting it off Nevada’s defensive wall out of bounds for the point.

The Broncos opened the third set on an 8-1 run behind the play of Janell Walley who tallied three kills and a block during the decisive stretch. Boise State never looked back and led by as many as nine points (16-7). The visitors eventually put it away with an impressive eight-point (25-17) victory to claim the sweep.



Boise State concluded the regular season at Nevada on Saturday and now must wait and see if they get a postseason bid to either the NCAA Championship or the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC), volleyball’s version of the NIT. The later is the more likely, but they will not find out their fate until Sunday, Nov. 26th, when both fields will be announced.


WHAT THEY SAID

Shawn Garus, Head Coach

On today’s contest . . .
“We played very well today to close out the regular season. It is good to finish on a four-match win streak, especially with all of then going in sweeps. It’s a good way to build confidence up in the team and the younger players.”

On players that stoodout against Nevada . . .
“I thought Sierra (Nobley) was terrific offensively against the Wolf Pack to finish with seven kills per set. Sabryn (Roberts) had some amazing hits to go along with back-to-back blocks to give us the lead late in set two. I also thought Walley had another big offensive match, especially in the third set when she started us rolling. Laney Hayes did a good job on the offense side with seven kills and also defensively slowing the strong Nevada middle attack.”

On postseason play . . .
“We are finally healthy after struggling much of the conference season. I think it would be great for the team and program if we get a invite to one of the postseason tournaments. We are definitely eager to have the opportunity to continue our season in the postseason, but for now we have to wait and see what happens.”


MATCH NOTES

Sierra Nobley recorded her 109th match of her career with double-figure kills and her ninth of the season with 20-plus kills finishing with 21 against the Wolf Pack.



Nobley extended her Boise State and Mountain West Conference records for career kills to 1,912 and career points to 2,142.0.

Janell Walley has been hitting the ball well down the stretch to close the regular season recording hitting percentages of .600, .476, .529 and .474 (today) to give her a .5-7 hitting percentage in the final four contests.

Boise State as a team struggled midway through the conference season hitting the ball, but has turned it around in recent weeks hitting above 30 percent in the last four matches and a solid 34.8 percent combined during the four contests.

Senior libero Maddi Osburn finished the day with 13 digs to extend her school career record out to 1,736.

Jaymee-Lee Bulda’s 47 assists versus Nevada put her over the 1,000 mark for the season with 1,007 to rank 15th all-time in program history, it is the second time she has surpassed 1,000. The senior setter has 2,185 in her career to rank eighth at the school.


MATCH SUMMARY

Boise State at Nevada (Nov 18, 2017 at Reno, Nev.)

Boise State def. Nevada 25-22,25-23,25-17

Boise State (17-13, 10-8 MW)

(Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 21-0-1; Roberts, Sabryn 13-0-3; Walley, Janell 11-3-1; Hayes, Laney 7-0-3; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 2-0-0; Lewis, Kiley 1-0-2; Osburn, Maddi 0-2-0; Simon, Maddie 0-1-0; Totals 55-6-5.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 47. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 13; Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 10; Nobley, Sierra 9

Nevada (10-20, 8-10 MW)

Kills-aces-blocks) - Foley, Madison 16-1-0; De Von, Peighton 7-0-3; Hayward, Sam 6-0-1; Afoa, Kayla 4-0-2; Hoeft, Shayla 2-0-1; Szachara, Gabby 0-0-1; Fresenius, Ayla 0-1-0; Maki, Ashley 0-1-0; Burns, Dalyn 0-0-1; Totals 35-3-5.0. (Assists) - Burns, Dalyn 30. (Dig leaders) - Burns, Dalyn 11; Afoa, Kayla 10; Maki, Ashley 9; Fresenius, Ayla 8


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