BOISE, Idaho If you would have pictured the perfect beginning to the 2007 season for the Boise State University volleyball team, you might have come close to their performance Friday at Bronco Gym.
The Broncos swept UTSA in three games, marking the first time since 2004 that Boise State swept its season opener.
“Game two was where we hope to be playing three weeks from now,” head coach Robin Davis said. “The team chemistry was good in all three games. We had the good game plan for game three, but we were sloppy and we know we need to be better and more consistent than we were.”
Jamie Claussen began her senior campaign with a double-double, recording 12 digs and a team-high 12 kills. The outside hitter led the Broncos with nine double-doubles in 2006.
Boise State had two players with more than 20 attempts hit higher than .300. Freshman middle blocker Sadie Maughan hit .400 (8-0-20) in her inaugural Bronco match and sophomore right-side hitter Arlee Tamietti posted 10 kills en route to a hitting-percentage of .318.
Tamietti also led the Broncos with five blocks, leading the team’s domination in the statistical category. Boise State outblocked UTSA 10.0 to 1.0.
Freshman libero Lauren Hamm also made her presence felt in her first career match, leading the team with 17 digs.
Junior setter Mandy Klein, who ranks seventh on the Broncos’ career list in assists, posted 41 against the Roadrunners. Klein now has 1,780 assists on her career, and with 83 more, she will take sole possession of sixth place.
“We got to play a lot of our kids tonight,” Davis said. “We had kids come off the bench and play really well. Newcomers Maren Ericson and Alisha King both hit 1.000 to start their Boise State career.”
The Bronco Invitational continues for Boise State Saturday, with matches against CSU-Fullerton at 12:30 p.m. and No. 24 Santa Clara at 7 p.m.
BSU def. UTSA 30-19,30-12,30-26
UTSA (0-1-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Rowland, Kendra 14-1-0; Almeida,
Cristina 7-1-0; Prior, Victoria 6-0-0; Rogers, Valorie 5-0-1; Rhodes,
Gena 4-0-0; White, Jordan 0-0-1; Totals 36-2-1.0. (Assists) -
Hrapmann, Rebecca 31. (Dig leaders) - Hrapmann, Rebecca 16; Almeida,
Cristina 12; Nickle, Dani 11
BSU (1-0-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Claussen, Jamie 12-0-1; Jenkins,
Jeanette 11-0-3; Tamietti, Arlee 10-0-5; Maughan, Sadie 8-0-3; Hewitt,
Robyn 3-0-4; Klein, Mandy 3-3-1; Ardron, Elise 1-0-2; Ericson, Maren
1-0-0; King, Alisha 1-0-0; Hamm, Lauren 0-2-0; Totals 50-5-10.0.
(Assists) - Klein, Mandy 41. (Dig leaders) - Hamm, Lauren 17;
Claussen, Jamie 12; Rose, Jeanene 9
Site: Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
Date: Aug 24, 2007 Attend: 361 Time: 1:30
Referees: Bruce Grant, Conrad Johnston