Boise State Falls to Pacific in NIVC

Nov. 28, 2017

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Boise State volleyball fell in three 25-15, 25-21, 25-16 in the opening round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship at Pacific on Tuesday night. Senior Sierra Nobley led the team with 13 kills and seven digs to become the fourth Bronco ever to finish her career with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 digs. Unfortunately, Boise State who was playing in its second-straight postseason tournament saw its season come to an end with the loss as the Broncos finish 17-14 overall.

Boise State opened the match slow against a fired up Pacific team and never quite matched the Tigers intensity. The Broncos trailed most of the way against UOP and for first time in several weeks they struggled hitting the ball finishing the match at 12.8 percent for 31 kills, while the Tigers hit 27.4 percent for 43 kills.

Nobley, a four-time All-Mountain West honoree and two-time honorable mention All-American, ends her career as the Boise State and Mountain West career leader for kills (1,925), kills per set (4.5), points (2,157) and points per set (5.08).

Sabryn Roberts added seven kills and 10 digs, while Janell Walley had five kills and 15 digs.

Senior libero Maddi Osburn, a three-time All-MW honoree, recorded a team-high 20 digs in the match to extend her school career record to 1,756, good for sixth all-time in MW history.

Boise State opened the match slow struggling to hit finishing the period at 10.5 percent, while Pacific hit 24.3 percent and led the entire way eventually taking it by 10 points, 25-15.

The second set went back and forth early with the teams trading leads. Midway through Pacific took the lead for good following a 4-1 run to turn a 9-9 score into a 13-10 advantage. The period stayed close but the Broncos could not capitalize on their opportunities as the Tigers took the set 25-21. Boise State hit a match-high 19.4 percent in the stanza.

The third set saw Pacific race out to an 8-2 lead. The Broncos battled back to within 10-7 only to watch the Tigers roll off a decisive 7-1 run to take command up 17-8, eventually putting it away by nine points.  

The loss ends Boise State's season, its fourth straight with a winning record and seventh in nine years under head coach Shawn Garus.



Shawn Garus, Head Coach

On the match . . .
"I thought coming into this match that it would be tough especially playing the host team on their floor. They (Pacific) have been hard to beat at home this year where they went 9-2 with five or six sweeps. I thought we were ready for the match and had a couple really good practices coming in, but give credit to Pacific they played very well tonight and deserved to win."

On playing at Pacific . . .
"They play in a solid league and have had such a strong tradition as a women's volleyball program over the years including winning a couple of national championships. It was great for our kids to come in here and see all their banners, to see such a great tradition."

 On playing in the postseason . . .
"You know it's very important for our program to be able to compete in the postseason as we continue to grow. This marks two straight years for us in postseason play, that's huge for us and it says a lot about how far we've come. Yes we came up on the short end tonight but it was a valuable experience for our young kids. They need to know what it is like to play at this level and what it takes to be successful. Postseason is our goal each and every year now."

On the rebirth of the NIVC . . . 
"I truly think that the NIVC is great for collegiate volleyball and I hope more schools will jump on the bandwagon in coming years. The sport has grown a lot over the last 10-15 years and there are a lot of programs out there that are deserving of postseason play that cannot make it into the 64-team NCAA field. It is important to have somewhere else for them to showcase their programs in a quality event and one that will also be a great experience for the athletes. I think the NIVC has delivered on that this year."



Boise State at Pacific (Nov 28, 2017 at Stockton, Calif.)

Pacific def. Boise State 25-15,25-21,25-16

Boise State (17-14)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Nobley, Sierra 13-1-2; Roberts, Sabryn 7-1-0; Walley, Janell 5-0-1; Lewis, Kiley 3-0-0; Hayes, Laney 3-0-3; Totals 31-2-3.0. (Assists) - Bulda, Jaymee-Lee 26. (Dig leaders) - Osburn, Maddi 20; Walley, Janell 15; Roberts, Sabryn 10

Pacific (17-13)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Baptista, Emily 10-1-1; Fleming, Ashlyn 9-4-1; Shelton, Andie 9-0-2; Feldsher, Janie 7-0-3; Wine, Skylar 5-0-2; Holt, Alex 3-0-0; De Schrijver, Hanne 0-2-0; Gotterba, Katrin 0-1-0; Totals 43-8-4.5. (Assists) - De Schrijver, Hanne 19; Shelton, Andie 15. (Dig leaders) - Gotterba, Katrin 21; De Schrijver, Hanne 9; Baptista, Emily 8; LaBass, Maycie 8

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