Boise State Rallies Past New Mexico
Sierra Nobley recorded 11th double-double with 22 kills and 11 digs.
Nov. 21, 2015

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BOISE, Idaho (11/21/2015) - Sierra Nobley, Maddy O'Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver combined for 48 kills to rally Boise State from one set down past New Mexico in four sets 22-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-19 in a Mountain West volleyball match at Bronco Gym on Saturday afternoon. The win is the eighth straight and 14th in the last 15 matches for the Broncos as they improved to 22-7 overall and 14-3 in conference, good for sole possession of second place.

The 22 wins are the most by Boise State in 26 years, since the 1990 team went 23-12. The 14 conference wins are the second-most in program history behind the 1988 team that won the Big Sky title at 15-1.

"I thought Sarah Baugh's blocking was the only thing keeping us in the match early on," head coach Shawn Garus said. "She blocked so well in the second set, she helped us come from behind and kind of loosened up the team because her blocking was so good. Then as the match went on Sierra Nobley proved she was the best player in the gym. She was swinging high and swinging aggressively that they could not stop her as she ended up with 22 kills in a four set match, one of her better matches this year."

Nobley led the team with her 11th double-double of the season on 22 kills and 11 digs. She hit 32.7 percent and added two service aces in the winning effort. The 22 kills extended her school record for a season to 488. She also has 291 kills during league play which is good for second in the MW record book and a new MW sophomore record. Nobley now owns the freshman and sophomore records for kills in a league season.

"Sierra (Nobley) offensively was great, we still need to work on her blocking but she was big for us today," commented Garus. "She did a great job and I am so proud of what she's doing for our team night in and night out to lead us offensively."

O'Donnell led a massive effort at the net as the Broncos recorded a three year high with 16 blocks against the Lobos, the most since Boise State had 18.5 against Cal State Bakersfield on Oct. 6, 2012. O'Donnell led three Broncos with seven or more blocks with eight, followed by Kaitlyn Oliver and Sarah Baugh with seven each.

"It was a good blocking effort today," Garus said. "I think that was a carryover from practice that we have to be physical at the point of attack, because that was a team that goes for it and is very aggressive. I am very proud that we were able to block a lot of balls and like I said earlier, Sarah Baugh blocking balls is what kept us in the second set and allowed us to comeback and win."

O'Donnell finished the match hitting 23 percent with 16 kills, team-high three service aces, three digs and the eight blocks, she had nine blocks Wednesday at Air Force.

The match was a true battle between two of the top teams in the Mountain West as they saw a combined 33 ties and 18 leads changes through the four-set affair.

After splitting the first two sets, with New Mexico winning the first, the third set was key in the contest. The two teams played through 12 ties and eight lead changes. Boise State regrouped after losing a three-point 21-18 lead to go down 22-21. The Broncos then fought off two New Mexico set points to rally for a 27-25 win that was sealed by one of Oliver's three solo blocks in the match.

"I felt like we started passing better in the third set and that made a difference," said Garus. "New Mexico played great defense today out digging us with 70, that is a lot of digs for a four-set match, so they did a really good job defensively on us. Our team was resilient in that third set in order to comeback and win it to gain the momentum we needed to close it out in the fourth."

Boise State put the match away in the fourth set taking control early. After the Lobos scored the first point, the Broncos either led or were tied the rest of the way. Boise State pulled away midway through claiming as large as a nine-point, 23-14, lead and had match point at 24-17. The Blue and Orange eventually took the set on a crushing kill by Nobley for a 25-19 set four win to clinch the match.

Oliver finished the encounter with 10 kills hitting 29.6 percent to go with two digs and the seven blocks. Senior outside hitter Katelyn Kinghorn added seven kills, seven digs and two blocks.

Sarah Baugh dished out 53 digs while tallying five kills, eight digs and seven blocks. It is the ninth time this year that Baugh has recorded 50 or more assists.

Defensively, three Broncos reached double-digit digs led by Maddi Osburn with 20, moving her into third all-time at Boise State for digs in a season with 480. That also marks her sixth match this year with 20-plus digs and the 26th time with double-figure digs. Following Osburn were Nobley's 11 and Hannah Hubbard with 10.

Boise State finished the match hitting 22.8 percent for 65 kills with 60 assists. The Broncos also tallied five service aces, 67 digs and the 16 blocks for a new three-year high.

New Mexico countered hitting 19.9 percent for 58 kills and 52 assists. The Lobos had two service aces, 70 digs and 11 blocks.

Devanne Sours led two Lobos in double-figure kills with 18 to go with 10 digs and three blocks. She was followed by Casie House with 11 kills and three blocks.

Boise State wraps up the 2015 regular season this Tuesday when the Broncos host Utah State for Senior Night at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym. The match will be preceded by a short ceremony honoring Boise State's senior class: Sarah Baugh, Aly Duffin and Katelyn Kinghorn.

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