Boise State Battles Past SDSU in Home Finale
Senior Alyssa Gammel had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs.
Nov. 19, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State volleyball battled hard in a tight four-set affair to down San Diego State Wednesday night 27-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22 at Bronco Gym. Freshman Sierra Nobley led the Broncos with a team-high 17 kills to become the all-time freshman leader in kills at Boise State with 371. The match was tightly contested all night as the two teams went back and forth. Boise State was forced to rally in each of the final two sets to claim the win.

“I was really pleased with the way the team battled back all night against a very good San Diego State team,” said coach Garus. “It was an exciting match with both teams going at it. Both sides wanted the win and played hard all night. I give credit to our team for an all-out effort from everyone. We had players diving for huge digs at key times and others getting big kills or blocks when we needed a lift. This is a very satisfying win for our program.”
The senior class went out with a victory in the final home match of their careers. Alyssa Gammel helped lead the charge recording her fourth double-double of the year with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Brittany Reardon added five kills and three blocks. Fellow classmate Taylor Murphey missed the match following an injury last Thursday at Fresno State, but was on the bench cheering the team on against the Aztecs.
“I am happy for the three seniors to get the win in their final home match of their careers,” said Garus. “Both Alyssa (Gammel) and Britt (Reardon) played hard for us and were a big part of this win. It was unfortunate that Taylor (Murphey) was injured last week at Fresno State, I know she really wanted to play in this match. But she was very supportive of her teammates tonight from the bench.  They are just such a great class overall and we will miss them next year.”
It was a well round effort for the team with three players reaching double figure kills and five with double digits in digs. Nobley joined Gammel with her fourth double-double of the year on 17 kills and 11 digs. The third Bronco to reach double-digit kills was Kaitlyn Oliver who had 12 kills and team-high five blocks against SDSU.
Maddy O’Donnell added nine kills, eight digs and three blocks to the team effort. Setter Sarah Baugh guided the team to the victory with 47 assists along with 11 digs to be the third Bronco to record a double-double on the night. Defensively, Hannah Hubbard was solid on the back line tallying at team-high 13 digs, while Maddi Osburn chipped in with 10.
Boise State finished the night hitting 22 percent as a team for 59 kills. The Broncos added 53 assists, five service aces, tied their season-high for digs with 67, as well as recording eight blocks.
San Diego State was led by Alexis Aiken with 15 kills and four blocks, while Chaiymin Steel had eight kills followed by    Baylee Little with seven. The Aztecs hit 20 percent on the night for 50 kills, in addition to 48 assists, eight service aces, 55 digs and 8.5 blocks.
The win was the fifth-straight for the Broncos who improved to 17-11 overall and 10-6 in Mountain West play. San Diego State goes to 13-14 overall and 8-8 in league. Boise State will now close the regular season on the road with two matches beginning at UNLV this Saturday, followed by at trip down interstate 84 to face Utah State in the final contest on Tuesday night, Nov. 25, at Logan.   

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