Boise State Stuns UNLV in Three Sets
Harden leads Broncos with 17 kills, moves into sixth place on career kills list.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Liz Harden led Boise State volleyball to a straight set victory 27-25, 26-24, 25-23 on the road to stun UNLV Wednesday night in Cox Pavilion at Las Vegas. All three sets went to the wire with the Broncos rallying from three points down in the first two periods. Harden led Boise State surges late in each set as the blue and orange claimed the big road victory, she moved into sixth-place on the Boise State career kills list with 17 against the Rebels giving her a career total of 1,127. For the first time since 1992 Boise State clinched its third-consecutive winning season as the Broncos moved to 17-14 overall and 8-7 in Mountain West play.  They will conclude the regular season this Friday night when they travel to play at Fresno State, there will not be Mountain West tournament this year.

Harden finished the night hitting .326 percent with 17 kills, five digs and one block. Alyssa Gammel and Taylor Murphey added eight kills apiece. Gammel also had two aces, five digs and one block, while Murphey recorded a .294 hitting percentage and three kills. Fiona Jones chipped in with seven kills while hitting .278 percent with two assists, 13 digs and one block.

Boise State hit .257 percent on the night with 51 kills, 50 assists, three service aces, 60 digs and six blocks. UNLV was held to .174 percent hitting by the Broncos with 43 kills, 37 assists, 62 digs and two blocks. Madeline Westman led the Rebels with 13 kills while hitting .435 percent, Stephanie Thelen added nine kills.

Boise State rallied from three down in the opening set to win in extra points 27-25. Down 14-11 Fiona Jones scored three of Boise State's next six points to get the Broncos even at 17. Liz Harden helped close out the set scoring four consecutive points to give the blue and orange a 24-23 lead, before a Sarah Baugh kill and two Rebel errors gave Boise State the extra-points set victory.

The second set was just as close going back and forth from the first to last serve before Boise State claimed a 26-24 win. UNLV led by as many as three points while the Broncos largest lead was two. Down 22-21, Harden once again stepped up when her team need her most. The senior scored two of the Broncos final five points, while Leah Stevens and Taylor Murphey teamed up for a block which was the set winning point to give Boise State a 2-0 match advantage.

The Broncos took no chances of letting the match get away from them as they led the entire way in the final frame with only two ties for a 25-23 set win to get the straight set match victory. Harden and Murphey scored the final three points of the match to lift Boise State to the win.
The loss drops UNLV to 18-11 overall and 9-6 in Mountain West play, the Rebels remain in third place one match ahead of Boise State and Fresno State tied for fourth.

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