Boise State Dominates Southern Utah 3-0
Harden leads Broncos with 12 points and 11 kills.
CEDAR CITY, Utah (8/26/2011) - Boise State University's volleyball team notched its first win of the season with a dominating 3-0 victory over Southern Utah in their second match of the Crystal Inn Thunderbird Invitational Friday. The Broncos rebounded from a disappointing loss earlier in the day to Pacific (3-2) with a three-set sweep of the Thunderbirds on SUU's home court in Cedar City, Utah.
"I was pleased with the way the team responded tonight after coming so close against Pacific," said head coach Shawn Garus. "The three-set victory will do alot for our confidence heading into the Drake match tomorrow. We played well today in both matches and were just a few points shy of opening the season 2-0."
Boise State opened the Southern Utah match with a 25-17 win in set one, then followed with two quick 25-11 victories in sets two and three to closeout the contest. Liz Harden led the Broncos with 12 points followed by Fiona Jones with nine and Elizabeth Griffin with 8.5. Harden had a team-high 11 kills (.368), Griffin added eight on 13 attempts for a .538 hitting percentage. Jones followed with seven kills on 15 attempts (.400).
Senior setter Breann Nesselhuf recorded 30 assists, eight digs, two blocks and one kill. Amanda Remy added a team-high 13 digs to go with three assists and one service ace. Brittany Reardon added a team-high three blocks, as well as five kills and 6.5 points.
Boise State takes its 1-1 mark into their final match of the tournament tomorrow at 3:00 pm (Mountain) when they face Drake University out of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bulldogs defeated Southern Utah 3-1 in their lone match Friday. Drake will play Utah State University at 11:00 am Saturday morning before meeting the Broncos in the afternoon.
Final Match Summary
Boise State at Southern Utah (Aug 26, 2011 at Cedar City, Utah)
Boise State def. Southern Utah 25-17,25-11,25-11
Boise State (1-1)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - HARDEN, Liz 11-0-2; GRIFFIN,
Elizabeth 8-0-1; JONES, Fiona 7-1-1; REARDON, Brittany 5-0-3; NWAGBUO,
Darlene 3-0-2; NESSELHUF, Breann 1-0-2; STEVENS, Leah 1-0-0; ROSE,
Casey 0-2-0; KIRSCHENMAN, Kristyn 0-2-0; REMY, Amanda 0-1-0; Totals
36-6-6.0. (Assists) - NESSELHUF, Breann 30. (Dig leaders) - REMY,
Amanda 13; NESSELHUF, Breann 8
Southern Utah (0-2)
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Analaine Mailoto 8-0-1;
Kylie Schofield 7-0-2; Cashaana Renfro 6-0-1; Alissa Youart 5-1-1;
Gabi Mirand 1-0-0; Jordan Anderson 0-1-0; Hailey Moore 0-0-3; Totals
27-2-4.5. (Assists) - Gabi Mirand 18. (Dig leaders) - Analaine Mailoto
5; Caitlin Jensen 5
Site: Cedar City, Utah (Centrum Arena)
Date: Aug 26, 2011
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